WTA Rankings: Sensational stat as Iga Swiatek pips Aryna Sabalenka to year-end No 1 ranking, Coco Gauff at No 3

Iga Swiatek 2023 WTA Finals champion

The 2023 WTA Tour season is done and dusted and Iga Swiatek has completed a remarkable end-of-season run to beat Aryna Sabalenka to the year-end No 1 ranking.

The most remarkable statistic from Swiatek’s late surge is the fact that she was behind Sabalenka in the race for the year-end No 1 spot from the first week of the season until the 43rd.

She only surpassed her great rival in the 44th and final week after going undefeated at the WTA Finals to secure the year-end No 1 ranking for the second consecutive season as she also returned to No 1 in the official rankings.

Sabalenka started the year on the front foot as she won consecutive titles at the Adelaide International and Australian Open, but Swiatek eventually caught up and surpassed her at the death.

Having spent 75 consecutive weeks at No 1, the Pole lost the No 1 ranking on the back of her round of 16 exit from the US Open in September.

However, Swiatek stormed back as she won the China Open and then won five matches without dropping a set at the season-ending tournament in Cancun, Mexico, to go 11 matches unbeaten.

The 22-year-old finishes the year on 9,295 points – just 235 points ahead of Sabalenka with Coco Gauff at a career-best No 3, although she is a distant third as she is more than 2,000 points behind the Belarusian while Elena Ryabakina and WTA Finals runner-up Jessica Pegula complete the top five.

The only other change in the top 10 saw Ons Jabeur move up one spot to No 6 with Marketa Vondrousova dropping one place after failing to win any matches in Cancun.

Lower down the list and Beatriz Haddad Maia is up eight places to a career-best No 11 after she won the WTA Elite Trophy a week ago while runner-up Zheng Qinwen is also at a career-best No 15.

Belinda Bencic, who is yet to confirm if she will return to competitive tennis in 2024 after announcing her pregnancy last week, finishes the year at No 17.

Katie Boulter finishes the year as the top-ranked Britain as she sits at No 58 with Jodie Burrage at No 93.

Official WTA Rankings Top 20

1. Iga Swiatek Poland 9,295 points
2. Aryna Sabalenka 9,050
3. Coco Gauff United States 6,580
4. Elena Rybakina Kazakhstan 6,365
5. Jessica Pegula United States 5,975
6. Ons Jabeur Tunisia 4,195
7. Marketa Vondrousova Czech Republic 4,075
8. Karolina Muchova Czech Republic 3,651
9. Maria Sakkari Greece 3,620
10. Barbora Krejcikova Czech Republic 2,885
11. Beatriz Haddad Maia Brazil 2,210
12. Madison Keys United States 2,816
13. Jelena Ostapenko Latvia 2,720
14. Petra Kvitova Czech Republic 2,660
15. Zheng Qinwen China 2,660
16. Liudmila Samsonova – 2,650
17. Belinda Bencic Switzerland 2,570
18. Daria Kasatkina – 2,550
19. Veronika Kudermetova – 2,520
20. Caroline Garcia France 2,095

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