WTA Rankings: Naomi Osaka just about holds onto top spot, career-high for Kiki Bertens
Naomi Osaka has Kiki Bertens to thank for keeping her status as No 1 in the WTA Rankings for another week after the Dutchwoman beat Simona Halep in the final of the Madrid Open.
With Osaka losing in the quarter-final in Madrid, Halep would have returned to top spot in the world rankings had she lifted the WTA Tour Premier 5 trophy on Saturday.
However, Bertens denied the reigning French Open champion in the final as she claimed the biggest title of her career with a three-set win.
It means Osaka stays top with 6,356 points after reaching the quarter-final, but her lead has been reduced to just 205 points with Halep up one place to second on 6,117 points.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber is up one place to third, Madrid Open champion Bertens rises three spots to No 4 while Petra Kvitova drops three places to five after failing to defend her title in Spain.
Belinda Bencic is up to 15th after reaching the semi-finals and the struggling Garbine Muguruza just about holds onto a top 20 spot as she remains in No 19.
British No 1 Johanna Konta drops one place to No 42 while Heather Watson is up nine places to No 110 after winning an ITF title in Japan over the weekend with the injured Katie Boulter now the British No 3 after dropping 19 places.
Top 20 WTA Rankings:
1 Naomi Osaka 6,356
2 Simona Halep 6,117
3 Angelique Kerber 5,285
4 Kiki Bertens 5,115
5 Petra Kvitova 5,050
6 Elina Svitolina 4,866
7 Karolina Pliskova 4,786
8 Sloane Stephens 4,656
9 Ashleigh Barty 4,425
10 Aryna Sabalenka 3,500
11 Serena Williams 3,461
12 Caroline Wozniacki 3,252
13 Anastasija Sevastova 3,240
14 Madison Keys 3,010
15 Belinda Bencic 2,888
16 Anett Kontaveit 2,855
17 Qiang Wang 2,815
18 Julia Goerges 2,520
19 Garbine Muguruza 2,415
20 Elise Mertens 2,305
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