WTA Race Update: Swiatek Replaces Sabalenka As Race Leader Thanks To Indian Wells Win

WTA Race Update: Swiatek Replaces Sabalenka As Race Leader Thanks To Indian Wells Win

by Nurein Ahmed

Iga Swiatek has risen to the top of the WTA Race after another dominant title win in Indian Wells.

Swiatek, who briefly led this year's race after the opening week of the season, won her second title at the desert without dropping a set. Having sealed the World No. 1 ranking for the spring hard-court swing and inching closer to the 100-week mark, the Pole has now taken control of the race.

The WTA Race will determine the eight qualifying players for the 2024 WTA Finals, which reports suggest will be held in Saudi Arabia for the very first time. However, it will also serve as an indicator of which player will finish the season as the year-end no. 1.

Swiatek has been fortunate enough to top the standings in each of the last two years and is the favorite to do so for the third time - potentially emulating the retired Ashleigh Barty, who is the last woman to do so.

After an underwhelming Australian Open campaign, Swiatek had a lot of ground to make up. But if there was one player capable of streaking in a very short time, it had to be her. With her victory in Indian Wells, she became the third woman to win two titles in 2024.

Swiatek replaces Aryna Sabalenka at the top. The Belarusian had led this race since winning the Australian Open in January. She will have to settle for second place for now. Elena Rybakina remained in third after withdrawing from Indian Wells.

Qinwen Zheng is fourth, ahead of Coco Gauff. Jelena Ostapenko, one of three double champions in 2024, is sixth. Dubai winner Jasmine Paolini is seventh. Marta Kostyuk, who was a semifinalist at WTA 1000 for the first time in California, is in the coveted eighth spot.

Resurgent Russians Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova complete the Top 10. In-form Emma Navarro is 11th and now the second-best American in the WTA Race. Indian Wells finalist Maria Sakkari soared 27 spots to rank 14th.

2024 WTA Race as of March 18, 2024:

Rank Player Points
1 Iga Swiatek 3020
2 Aryna Sabalenka 2455
3 Elena Rybakina 2043
4 Qinwen Zheng 1720
5 Coco Gauff 1645
6 Jelena Ostapenko 1488
7 Jasmine Paolini 1407
8 Marta Kostyuk 1350
9 Anna Kalinskaya 1302
10 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1082
11 Emma Navarro 1073
12 Dayana Yastremska 985
13 Daria Kasatkina 968
14 Maria Sakkari 941
15 Karolina Pliskova 841
16 Linda Noskova 835
17 Katie Boulter 755
18 Victoria Azarenka 725
19 Ekaterina Alexandrova 671
20 Yue Yuan 642
21 Anastasia Potapova 626
22 Elise Mertens 596
23 Elina Svitolina 588
24 Sorana Cirstea 585
25 Barbora Krejcikova 539
26 Danielle Collins 522
27 Jessica Pegula 505
28 Donna Vekic 493
29 Magdalena Frech 481
30 Beatriz Haddad Maia 447
31 Katerina Siniakova 441
32 Marketa Vondrousova 430
33 Diana Shnaider 408
34 Oceane Dodin 387
35 Diane Parry 385
36 Elisabetta Cocciaretto 381
37 Leylah Fernandez 376
38 Lin Zhu 374
39 Mirra Andreeva 368
40 Clara Burel 364
41 Yafan Wang 357
42 Liudmila Samsonova 347
43 Xiyu Wang 344
44 Xinyu Wang 339
45 Anna Blinkova 336
46 Sloane Stephens 333
47 McCartney Kessler 332
48 Tatjana Maria 330
49 Naomi Osaka 323
50 Lesia Tsurenko 317


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