WTA Race Update: Ostapenko Ties Rybakina In Top Spot While Swiatek Drops To Third

WTA Race Update: Ostapenko Ties Rybakina In Top Spot While Swiatek Drops To Third

by Nurein Ahmed

With just two weeks into the new season gone, the WTA Race doesn't quite have its usual look, but two women have already set the pace.

Those are Elena Rybakina and Jelena Ostapenko, who are tied in the top spot with 678 points after both progressed into the second round of the Australian Open. The bulk of their points came from winning a WTA 500 title.

Rybakina was champion in Brisbane from the opening week of the season, while the Latvian won in Adelaide this past week, defeating Daria Kasatkina. The Russian, however, sits a high of fourth in the race despite coming up short in the final.

Iga Swiatek, who is undefeated in 16 singles matches dating back to last year's China Open, is third in the race with 570 points. The Polish star topped last year's race in the final week to emerge as the year-end No. 1 for the second year in a row.

Swiatek will have the chance to strengthen her grip on this year's WTA race by winning her first Australian Open title. She is the odds-favorite to do so and laid down a marker in her opening match by beating former champion Sofia Kenin in straight sets.

USA's rising star Emma Navarro became a WTA champion for the first time at the Hobart International and sits in fifth spot in the race ahead of World No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka, who is in a low of sixth. Coco Gauff occupies the seventh spot, but compatriot Jessica Pegula is down in 11th after withdrawing from Adelaide due to illness.

The WTA race will determine not just the woman who will finish 2024 as the year-end No. 1 but also the eight qualifying players for the WTA Finals, who will have a new home this season. The race is expected to look completely different by the end of the Australian Open fortnight.

2024 WTA Race as of January 15th, 2024:

Rank Player Points
1 Elena Rybakina 608
1 Jelena Ostapenko 608
3 Iga Swiatek 500
4 Daria Kasatkina 433
5 Emma Navarro 348
6 Aryna Sabalenka 325
7 Coco Gauff 250
8 Jessica Pegula 230
9 Elise Mertens 223
10 Ekaterina Alexandrova 196
11 Linda Noskova 195
11 Victoria Azarenka 195
13 Elina Svitolina 163
14 Caroline Garcia 155
15 Yue Yuan 146
16 Marta Kostyuk 140
17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 134
18 Daria Saville 130
19 Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 125
20 Veronika Kudermetova 120
21 Anna Kalinskaya 117
22 Katie Boulter 115
23 Lin Zhu 114
24 Laura Siegemund 108
24 Anastasia Potapova 108
24 Mirra Andreeva 108
27 Cristina Bucsa 105
28 Xiyu Wang 98
29 Maria Sakkari 90
30 Katerina Siniakova 86
31 Julia Riera 85
32 Varvara Gracheva 84
32 Marie Bouzkova 84
34 Antonia Ruzic 83
35 Harriet Dart 81
36 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 80
37 Qinwen Zheng 75
38 Bernarda Pera 74
38 Ana Bogdan 74
40 Taylor Townsend 73
41 Yulia Putintseva 73
42 Ekaterina Makarova 72
43 Moyuka Uchijima 70
44 Arantxa Rus 69
45 Viktoriya Tomova 67
46 Talia Gibson 63
47 Magda Linette 61
47 Karolina Pliskova 61
47 Clara Burel 61
50 Arina Rodionova 60


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