Swiatek In Control Of No. 1 Spot As Paolini Rises To Career-High In Latest WTA Rankings

Swiatek In Control Of No. 1 Spot As Paolini Rises To Career-High In Latest WTA Rankings

by Nurein Ahmed

Iga Swiatek continued her dominance of the World No. 1 ranking despite her shock semifinal exit at last week's Dubai Championships.

The Polish star has a 1,380-point lead over second-placed Aryna Sabalenka, who faltered in her first match since winning the Australian Open. Swiatek is the only WTA player who has crossed the 10,000-point mark this season.

Coco Gauff remained in third place ahead of Elena Rybakina, who had the chance to go above the American but had to withdraw from Dubai before the quarterfinal. A week after slamming a critic on social media, Maria Sakkari is back in the world's Top 10 (9th).

Karolina Muchova drops out of the WTA's elite cohort, having not struck a ball since last year's US Open. She is not the only Czech whose ranking is heading in a downward direction. But Barbora Krejcikova has lost nine spots after pulling out from Dubai.

Injury prevented the former Roland Garros champion from defending her crown in the Middle East and dropped to 21st. The newly-crowned Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini celebrates a place in the world's Top 15 (14th).

The Dubai runner-up Anna Kalinskaya is also celebrating a career-best ranking this week. The Russian rises 16 places to 24th. Donna Vekic re-enters the Top 30 (28th) thanks to a massive win over Sabalenka.

Poland's Magdalena Frech broke the Top 50 after her superb run from qualifying to the round of 16 in Dubai. Tatjana Maria is also part of the half-centurion club.

Tokyo gold medalist Belinda Bencic dropped to a low of 57th this week. The Swiss is currently on maternity leave and is expected for a further rankings slide in the next few weeks. 19-year-old Ashlyn Krueger is a Top 70 player as she continues her steady rise.

Italy's Camila Giorgi fell outside the Top 100 for the first time since 2020. She lost her last four matches and has not been seen anywhere on a match court since Linz. You can track all your favorite WTA players by checking on our rankings page to stay up to date.


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