The Belarusian, with 8,425 points, has the lead over the Pole with 7,795 points. The world No. 1 ranking can only change hands after the WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico, scheduled to begin on Sunday, October 29.
Elena Rybakina and Jessica Pegula swapped places. The Kazakh moves into fourth place, and the American drops to fifth. The pair are in a battle with Coco Gauff for a Top 3 year-end finish, which will also be decided after Cancun in the final week of the season.
Caroline Garcia's place in the world's Top 10 has been taken up by Barbora Krejcikova. The Frenchwoman has fallen to 20th in the latest rankings and won't defend her title at the WTA Finals. Krejcikova's fellow Czech Marketa Vondrousova rises to a career-high ranking of World No. 6, but that won't affect the pots seedings at the WTA Finals.
Belgium's Elise Mertens returns to the Top 30 after a successful title defense in Monastir, Tunisia, while beaten finalist in the same event, Jasmine Paolini solidified her spot as Italy's top-ranked woman with a new career high of 29th.
Canada's Leylah Fernandez continues her late-season surge, climbing eight spots and into the world's Top 40, after winning eight of her past nine matches. The biggest mover into the Top 50 is Katerina Siniakova who won the longest WTA final of 2023 at the Jiangxi Open in Nanchang.
She edged out fellow Czech Marie Bouzkova in a three-hour 33-minute thriller and climbed to 46th in the new rankings. Russian teenager Diana Shnaider has broken the world's Top 60 after forging some terrific runs during the Asian swing notably this past week in Nanchang where she reached the semis.
Taylor Townsend has risen to 66th, which is only five spots below her career-high of 61, which she achieved before childbirth. The American won the W80 ITF tournament in Macon on Sunday. Germany's Tamara Korpatsch was the WTA's most unexpected champion at the weekend. The new World No. 71 won her maiden title in Cluj-Napoca at 28.
Canada's Bianca Andreescu is on the verge of a Top 100 exit, fallen to 92nd in the latest rankings. The former US Open champion hasn't played since early August in her home tournament in Montreal and is unlikely to feature again in 2023.