WTA Rankings: Iga Swiatek officially starts life as the world No 1 while Naomi Osaka rises 42 places

Shahida Jacobs
Iga Swiatek in action

Iga Swiatek’s rise to the top of the WTA Rankings is now official after she replaced Ashleigh Barty at No 1 following her Miami Open title run.

With Barty retiring with immediate effect, the Pole was assured of top spot following her second-round win in Florida, but she didn’t let up as she went all the way, defeating Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final.

The 20-year-old Pole starts life as No 1 on the back of three consecutive WTA 1000 trophies and a 17-match unbeaten run.

Swiatek sits pretty at the top with 6,711 points, a comfortable 1,276 points ahead of second-placed Barbora Krejcikova, who missed the Indian Wells and Miami Sunshine Double due to injury.

Spain’s Paula Badosa moves to a career-high of No 3 following her run to the quarter-final in Indian Wells where she retired due to illness while Maria Sakkari and Aryna Sabalenka complete the top five.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu, who lost in the second round in Miami, moves up one place to No 12.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Osaka was the biggest mover in the top 100 as she rises from No 77 to No 35 after reaching her first final in over a year.

Australian wildcard Daria Saville, who reached her maiden WTA 1000 quarter-final, is up 120 places to No 129 while 16-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova, who stunned 20th seed Elise Mertens and former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka to reach the last 16, jumped 91 places to move to No 188.

Top 20 WTA Rankings

1. Iga Swiatek Poland 6,711
2. Barbora Krejcikova Czech Republic 4,975
3. Paula Badosa Spain 4,970
4. Maria Sakkari Greece 4,705
5. Aryna Sabalenka – 4,657
6. Anett Kontaveit Estonia 4,511
7. Karolina Pliskova Czech Republic 4,197
8. Danielle Collins Untied States 3,151
9. Garbine Muguruza Spain 3,070
10. Ons Jabeur Tunisia 2,975
11. Jelena Ostapenko Latvia 2,805
12. Emma Raducanu Great Britain 2,706
13. Jessica Pegula United States 2,485
14. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova – 2,473
15. Coco Gauff United States 2,345
16. Angelique Kerber Germany 2,297
17. Victoria Azarenka – 2,285
18. Elena Rybankina Kazakhstan 2,261
19. Leylah Fernandez Canada 2,156
20. Simona Halep Romania 2,156