Gauff Has No. 1-Worthy Points But Swiatek's Dominance Keeps Her From Reaching Top Spot

Gauff Has No. 1-Worthy Points But Swiatek's Dominance Keeps Her From Reaching Top Spot

by Nurein Ahmed

Coco Gauff is currently ranked World No. 3, but her current points total would have been sufficient to top the WTA year-end rankings in multiple seasons in recent years.

Gauff is competing at the 2024 Roland Garros, where she will contest Thursday's highly anticipated semifinal showdown against top seed Iga Swiatek. Despite the lopsided head-to-head record against the Pole (10-1 in favor of Swiate), the young American is determined to flip the switch.

But regardless of the result, Gauff will rise to a new career-high ranking of No. 2 on Monday following Aryna Sabalenka's shock defeat to Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva in the last quarterfinal on the women's section on Wednesday.

Gauff's current 7988 points tally in the live rankings would have enabled her to be ranked World No. 1 at the end of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

In 2017, Simona Halep topped the rankings with 6,175, the following year, the same player had 6,921 points, while in 2019, Ashleigh Barty was the best player on the WTA Tour with 7,851 points, and the Australian topped the standings also in 2021 with 7,582 points.

Gauff has won four titles in the last 12 months, including her first Grand Slam at the 2023 US Open, a WTA 500 in Washington, a WTA 1000 in Cincinnati, and the 250 in Auckland at the start of 2024.

"And that is also a reminder, once again, that Gauff is doing *incredibly* well. It just so happens that everyone is now being measured to the potential all-time great at #1."

Tumaini Carayol wrote on X (formerly Twitter)

Additionally, she's made two Grand Slam semifinals, a WTA Finals semifinal, and three WTA 1000 semifinals. This highlights Gauff's rapid rise into a world-class player, which just so happened to coincide with Iga Swiatek's incredible dominance.

It doesn't diminish the excellent work that Gauff and her coaching team, which includes celebrated coach Brad Gilbert and her dedicated parents, have done meticulously all year. And the 20-year-old has not put a ceiling to her potential, meaning she will be after the World No. 1 ranking.


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