WTA Race Update: Gauff, Sabalenka & Rybakina Look To Join Already-Qualified Swiatek In Riyadh

WTA Race Update: Gauff, Sabalenka & Rybakina Look To Join Already-Qualified Swiatek In Riyadh

by Nurein Ahmed

The 2024 WTA Race to Riyadh is hotting up as seven spots for qualification for the WTA Finals are up for grabs.

Iga Swiatek has already qualified for the season finale, which will be held on Saudi Arabian soil for the first time. The race will determine not only the eight best women in the season who will qualify for this prestigious year-end tournament but also the WTA's year-end no. 1.

Swiatek has had the privilege and merit of clinching the year-end No. 1 in each of the last two seasons and looks certain to complete a three-peat this year after winning her fourth Roland Garros title last Saturday.

The Pole leads the charts for the most titles by a WTA player in 2024 with five. She was a champion at four WTA 1000 tournaments (Doha, Indian Wells, Madrid, and Rome) in the first half of the season.

With 7335 points, Swiatek leads second-placed Aryna Sabalenka by 2977 points. Elena Rybakina is in third place with 4013 points. Coco Gauff, who was a semifinalist in the Roland Garros singles tournament, is in fourth with 3163 points.

For context, the WTA race only accumulates points garnered in the current season, which is why Gauff is below Sabalenka and Rybakina but is above the pair in the WTA rankings as of this week.

Jasmine Paolini rose three spots to fifth after her runner-up finish at the French Open. The Italian is enjoying a career-best season, which was highlighted by her win in the WTA 1000 in Dubai in February.

Danielle Collins drops out of the top four and dips to sixth. The American is still in the top eight positions and is seeking to qualify for the WTA Finals for the first time in her career in what is her last season before retirement.

Qinwen Zheng and Jelena Ostapenko occupy the seventh and eighth spots. Players such as Marta Kostyuk, Emma Navarro, Daria Kasatkina, and Maria Sakkari can make up the ground during the grass-court season.

2024 WTA Race as of June 10, 2024:

Rank Player Points
1 Iga Swiatek 7335
2 Aryna Sabalenka 4358
3 Elena Rybakina 4013
4 Coco Gauff 3163
5 Jasmine Paolini 3010
6 Danielle Collins 2927
7 Qinwen Zheng 2200
8 Jelena Ostapenko 1959
9 Marta Kostyuk 1766
10 Emma Navarro 1736
11 Daria Kasatkina 1613
12 Maria Sakkari 1601
13 Anna Kalinskaya 1581
14 Victoria Azarenka 1573
15 Mirra Andreeva 1427
16 Madison Keys 1421
17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1323
18 Dayana Yastremska 1311
19 Marketa Vondrousova 1293
20 Ekaterina Alexandrova 1154
21 Linda Noskova 1105
22 Elina Svitolina 1088
23 Anastasia Potapova 1007
24 Elise Mertens 980
25 Beatriz Haddad Maia 970
26 Katie Boulter 933
27 Ons Jabeur 925
28 Jessica Pegula 916
29 Sorana Cirstea 902
30 Karolina Pliskova 893
31 Yulia Putintseva 870
32 Caroline Garcia 824
33 Anhelina Kalinina 813
34 Elisabetta Cocciaretto 812
35 Katerina Siniakova 776
36 Sloane Stephens 765
37 Yue Yuan 763
38 Liudmila Samsonova 759
39 Katie Volynets 753
40 Moyuka Uchijima 747
41 Clara Tauson 711
42 Leylah Fernandez 707
43 Donna Vekic 705
44 Diana Shnaider 679
45 Varvara Gracheva 668
46 Xinyu Wang 664
47 Magdalena Frech 660
48 Magda Linette 639
49 Mayar Sherif 629
50 Naomi Osaka 615


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