Aryna Sabalenka Continues World No. 1 Reign In Latest WTA Rankings

Aryna Sabalenka Continues World No. 1 Reign In Latest WTA Rankings

by Nurein Ahmed

Aryna Sabalenka hasn't struck a ball since her US Open final loss, but she reigned over the rest of the field including Iga Swiatek, whom she replaced at the top of the rankings.

The Belarusian star has 9,266 points in top spot, maintaining a 1,071-point gap over second-placed Iga Swiatek. Sabalenka also leads the Pole in the WTA Race for year-end No. 1 ranking with a healthy lead of 1,305 points before the start of the China Open.

The rest of the Top 10 remains unchanged, but Jessica Pegula attained the cut-off points required to qualify for the 2023 WTA Finals after her runner-up finish at the Japan Open. Just three spots remain for the flight to Cancun, Mexico.

Marketa Vondrousova, Ons Jabeur, and Karolina Muchova are in prime position to join the eight-woman caravan, but that could change in Beijing depending on the progress of Maria Sakkari. Russia's Veronika Kudermetova rose three places to 16th after winning her third career title in Tokyo.

Egypt's Mayar Sherif tumbled 16 places to 50th after losing her champion points earned from the Parma 250 which was played in late September last season, one which Sherif ended up winning. Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva rejoins the Top 60 after qualifying for the Beijing main draw.

The three biggest movers in the world's Top 100 are Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Diana Shnaider, and Linda Fruhvirotva. The veteran Pavlyuchenjova reached her first semifinal on Tour since the 2021 French Open when she shockingly finished a runner-up.

After an injury-riddled 2022, Pavlyuchenkova's ranking is now moving in the right direction and her season is back on track in 2023. She rises to 62nd, her best ranking since her comeback. And just below her is a fellow compatriot Diana Shnaider who reached her first WTA final in Ningbo, losing to Ons Jabeur.

The third-biggest mover is Fruhvirtova who climbed 19 places to re-enter the Top 100. The young Czech ended her dismal run of nine matches without a win in Ningbo where she reached her first Tour-level semifinal in a year. You can track the latest movements of all the players by visiting our dedicated rankings page.


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