Swiatek Extends Lead Over Gauff And Sabalenka In Olympics Race

Swiatek Extends Lead Over Gauff And Sabalenka In Olympics Race

by Nurein Ahmed

Iga Swiatek fell short of completing another three-peat but still increased her lead in the Olympics Race to Paris.

Swiatek's 10-match undefeated run at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix came to an end when she lost to Elena Rybakina in the semifinal, but she increased her points tally in the race to 7695.

Coco Gauff remained in second place with 6698 points after losing in the quarterfinal in Stuttgart. Aryna Sabalenka is the third player to accumulate at least 6000 points and is in third spot.

Swiatek has virtually locked the top spot, at least for the next fortnight, leaving Gauff and Sabalenka to battle for the second spot in Madrid. Elena Rybakina has replaced Jessica Pegula in fourth place after a triumphant week in Stuttgart, during which she won her third title in 2024.

Tokyo silver medalist Marketa Vondrousova is down in sixth and above Maria Sakkari. China's Qinwen Zheng has already qualified for the tournament by winning a gold medal at the 2023 Asian Games.

Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina are among the Top 10. A month ago, Danielle Collins didn't have any hopes of representing her country at the 2024 Paris Olympics. But she has lifted herself into the Top 20 and is now the third-best-ranked American woman in the race.

Collins won back-to-back titles in Miami and Charleston in recent weeks to rise to 13th ahead of compatriots Emma Navarro and Madison Keys. One country can only be represented by four of its best-ranked players in the Top 56. So, we might see some fierce competition between the three.

Stuttgart finalist Marta Kostyuk moved up to 16th after scoring three wins over Top 10 players this past week. She is now Ukraine's No. 1 player, ahead of Elina Svitolina who is in 25th spot.

The top-ranked British woman is Katie Boulter, who occupies the 26th spot in the race with less than two months before the cycle closes. This year's Olympics tennis tournament will be played on the clay courts of Roland Garros, beginning on July 27th.

2024 Olympics Women's Race as of April 22nd, 2024:

Rank Player Points
1 Iga Swiatek 7 695
2 Coco Gauff 6698
3 Aryna Sabalenka 6068
4 Elena Rybakina 5163
5 Jessica Pegula 4660
6 Marketa Vondrousova 3845
7 Maria Sakkari 3780
8 Qinwen Zheng 3662
9 Ons Jabeur 3116
10 Daria Kasatkina 3048
11 Jeļena Ostapenko 3038
12 Jasmine Paolini 2703
13 Danielle Collins 2639
14 Ekaterina Alexandrova 2331
15 Ludmilla Samsonova 2316
16 Marta Kostyuk 2164
17 Emma Navarro 2133
18 Madison Keys 2118
19 Caroline Garcia 1948
20 Victoria Azarenka 1896
21 Anna Kalinskaya 1852
22 Beatriz Haddad Maia 1846
23 Barbora Krejcikova 1757
24 Veronika Kudermetova 1693
25 Elina Svitolina 1680
26 Katie Boulter 1627
27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1623
28 Linda Nosková 1577
29 Sorana Cîrstea 1521
30 Karolína Muchová 1510
31 Dayana Yastremska 1473
32 Yue Yuan 1471
33 Elise Mertens 1454
34 Leylah Fernandez 1388
35 Kateřina Siniaková 1377
36 Marie Bouzková 1295
37 Donna Vekić 1264
38 Xinyu Wang 1226
39 Clara Burel 1187
40 Sloane Stephens 1153
41 Karolína Plíšková 1140
42 Anhelina Kalinina 1131
43 Anastasia Potapova 1129
44 Lin Zhu 1107
45 Magda Linette 1099
46 Petra Kvitová 1070
47 Magdalena Fręch 1054
48 Tatjana Maria 1054
49 Yulia Putintseva 1 033
50 Mirra Andreeva 1 022


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