Sabalenka Takes Over As New World No. 1, Gauff Rises To Career High In Latest WTA Rankings

Sabalenka Takes Over As New World No. 1, Gauff Rises To Career High In Latest WTA Rankings

by Nurein Ahmed

Aryna Sabalenka is officially the WTA's top-ranked player, earning Iga Swiatek's 75-week dominance in the latest WTA rankings.

Sabalenka rises to World No. 1 for the first time in her career after a run to her first US Open final. Swiatek's fourth-round exit aided her cause, meaning Sabalenka only needed to match the Pole's result to ascend to top spot.

Sabalenka with 9,266 points is clear of second-placed Swiatek by 1,071 points ahead of the busiest part of the regular tennis season. It is the first time the No. 1 ranking has changed hands since Swiatek took over from Ashleigh Barty at the start of April last year. Sabalenka is the second Belarusian player (after Victoria Azarenka) to become No. 1.

Coco Gauff rises to a career-high ranking of No. 3 after securing a maiden Grand Slam crown at the 2023 US Open. Gauff defeated Sabalenka in the final last Saturday, becoming the first American teenager to win the New York Slam in over two decades.

The 19-year-old replaces Jessica Pegula as the top-ranked American player in the WTA rankings and is the fourth player to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Cancun, Mexico. Czech duo of Marketa Vondrousova and Karolina Muchova rise to new career highs of 6th and 8th respectively, while Caroline Garica drops three spots to 10th place.

American Madison Keys is the biggest mover in the Top 20, making up six spots to 11th place. There is a place in the world's Top 40 for China's Xinyu Wang who reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time at the US Open. Wang is one of three Chinese players in the Top 50 including Qinwen Zheng and Lin Zhu.

Another player who exceeded expectations in New York was Peyton Stearns. By virtue of reaching the second week, the young American makes her Top 50 debut at a career-high ranking of 44th. She will be joined by British No. 1 Katie Boulter in the half-centurion club.

Former Roland Garros semifinalist Tamara Zidansek re-enters the Top 100 (87th) after winning the WTA 125K event in Bari, Italy, last weekend. Suspended WTA star Simona Halep drops 10 points after the US Open and will be unranked as of this week, as she awaits her verdict. You can follow our dedicated WTA Rankings page for all the movements after the US Open.


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