WTA Race Update: Swiatek Retains Top Spot But Rybakina Continues Chase

WTA Race Update: Swiatek Retains Top Spot But Rybakina Continues Chase

by Nurein Ahmed

Iga Swiatek's failed bid to win the Sunshine Double did not affect her status as the best-performing player in 2024, but she is feeling the heat from those below her.

Elena Rybakina's runner-up finish in Miami has reduced the gap at the top of the WTA Race to just 447 points. The Kazakh also moved above Aryna Sabalenka to second place. The Belarusian's inconsistent run of results since winning the Australian Open persists.

Qinwen Zheng sits in fourth place with just a 20-point cushion over Coco Gauff. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko remains in sixth. The biggest mover in the Top 10 is Danielle Collins.

The American announced early this year that she was playing her final season as a pro and celebrated her biggest career title last Saturday. Collins shocked Rybakina to win the Miami Open in her home state of Florida.

That success bumps the 30-year-old 19 spots into seventh place. Italy's Jasmine Paolini, who is also a WTA 1000 champion in 2024, completes the top eight. Dubai finalist Anna Kalinskaya takes her seat in ninth place ahead of Marta Kostyuk, who has also enjoyed a fine season.

Emma Navarro is on the verge of a Top 10 breakthrough in this year's race after her best start to a season. The American has the third-highest wins (20) in 2024 behind Swiatek and Rybakina.

Maria Sakkari made up two spots to move into 12th. The Greek qualified for last year's WTA Finals as a replacement for Karolnia Muchiova and will look to make it into the top eight this year.

Victoria Azarenka and Ekaterina Alexandrova each rose four places to sit in 14th and 15th, respectively. Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur have a lot of work to do to turn around their fortunes. Pegula is 21st in the current race, while Jabeur is down at a lowly 82nd spot. Both played at last year's WTA Finals in Cancun.

2024 WTA Race as of April 1st, 2024:

Rank Player Points
1 Iga Swiatek 3140
2 Elena Rybakina 2693
3 Aryna Sabalenka 2520
4 Qinwen Zheng 1785
5 Coco Gauff 1765
6 Jelena Ostapenko 1553
7 Danielle Collins 1522
8 Jasmine Paolini 1472
9 Anna Kalinskaya 1422
10 Marta Kostyuk 1350
11 Emma Navarro 1193
12 Maria Sakkari 1156
13 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1147
14 Victoria Azarenka 1115
15 Ekaterina Alexandrova 1061
16 Dayana Yastremska 1050
17 Daria Kasatkina 1033
18 Linda Noskova 900
19 Katie Boulter 875
20 Karolina Pliskova 851
21 Jessica Pegula 720
22 Sorana Cirstea 705
23 Yue Yuan 677
24 Anastasia Potapova 636
25 Elise Mertens 606
26 Elina Svitolina 598
27 Barbora Krejcikova 539
28 Donna Vekic 528
29 Caroline Garcia 526
30 Beatriz Haddad Maia 512
31 Yulia Putintseva 495
32 Magdalena Frech 491
33 Katerina Siniakova 476
34 Oceane Dodin 472
35 Diana Shnaider 443
36 Leylah Fernandez 441
37 Elisabetta Cocciaretto 440
38 Marketa Vondrousova 430
39 Diane Parry 420
40 Lin Zhu 409
41 Xinyu Wang 404
42 Naomi Osaka 388
43 Xiyu Wang 379
44 Anhelina Kalinina 375
45 Clara Burel 374
46 Sloane Stephens 368
47 Mirra Andreeva 368
48 Yafan Wang 367
49 Storm Hunter 366
50 Nadia Podoroska 360


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