WTA Rankings shuffle after the US Open

With the spotlight still firmly fixed on Emma Raducanu, the latest WTA Rankings published on Monday reflect the achievement of others, while Naomi Osaka drops 2 places from World No 3 to No 5, reflecting her shock 3rd round loss to Leylah Fernandez at the US Open.

I feel like for me recently, when I win I don't feel happy. I feel more like a relief. And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don't think that's normal. Basically, I feel like I'm kind of at this point where I'm trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match. I think I'm going to take a break from playing for a while. Naomi Osaka

Fernandez, the 19-year old US Open finalist, jumped 45 spots, climbing from No 73 to No 28 to join fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu, ranked 20, in the Top 30, giving Canada two women ranked in that range for the first time in 34 years.

Raducanu, the US Open champion, made the biggest leap, rising 127 spots from No 150 to 23, having started the year at 345 and the British No 11.

Her rapid climb in the past three months, during which the 18-year old won 21 of her past 25 matches, sees her overtake Johanna Konta to become British No 1, a distinction held by Konta since 5 October 2015.

Ash Barty and Aryna Sabalenka retain their spots as the World No.1 and 2 respectively, and are joined by Karolina Pliskova in the top 3, with Elina Svitolina as the new No 4 after both moved up a spot by reaching the quarter-finals in New York.

Naomi Osaka, who also attended the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has dropped to World No 5 following her loss to Leylah Fernandez at the US Open

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For Osaka, the rankings dip continues a tumultuous time for the 4-time Grand Slam champion, who had been inching closer to Barty’s top spot earlier in the year, before mental health issues kept her off the tour.

The 23-year-old withdrew from the French Open after the 1st round amid a row over her attendance at press conferences, and she then skipped Wimbledon before losing in the 2nd round at her home Olympics in Tokyo.

After her last loss to Fernandez in New York, Osaka has again stepped away from competition.

“I feel like for me recently, when I win I don’t feel happy. I feel more like a relief,” she told reporters in a tearful press conference. “And then when I lose, I feel very sad. I don’t think that’s normal.

“Basically, I feel like I’m kind of at this point where I’m trying to figure out what I want to do, and I honestly don’t know when I’m going to play my next tennis match.

“I think I’m going to take a break from playing for a while.”

Osaka has been named on the entry list for the upcoming event in Indian Wells, but it remains to be seen whether or not she plays.

Emma Raducanu's smile is a broad as ever as she enjoys her success at the 2021 Met Gala in New York

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There has been a lot of other rankings movement too.

Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari both hit new career highs, with the Roland Garros champion moving up 2 spots to No 7 after reaching the quarter-finals on her US Open main-draw debut, while the Greek climbed 5 spots to 13 after making her second Slam semi-final of the year.

New milestones within the Top 100 include Coco Gauff, who rose 4 places to make her Top 20 debut at No 19, and Liudmila Samsonova, who broke the Top 50 for the first time with a 4-spot rise to 48.

Former World No 46 Oceane Dodin also returned to the Top 100 for the first time since April 2018, climbing 8 places to No 95 after winning two US Open qualifying matches, while Greet Minnen, who earned her spot in the US Open main draw as a lucky loser, made the most of her second chance by advancing to the 3rd round for the first time at a major which sees her rise from No 104 to 78.

Kamilla Rakhimova also made the 3rd round of the US Open as a lucky loser, and the 20-year-old Russian is boosted to the edge of the Top 100, rising 25 places to a new career-high of No 109.

Elsewhere, Mayar Sherif continued her break-through season, moving to a career-high ranking of 74, a 22-spot improvement from 96.

After falling to Raducanu in the final round of qualifying at the US Open, Sherif quickly rebounded by capturing the title at the WTA 125 series event staged in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she defeated Italy’s Martina Trevisan in the championship match.

The run to the final also allowed for Trevisan to reach a career-high ranking of No 79, climbing 27 spots from 106.

Former Roland Garros junior champion Rebeka Masarova enjoyed a memorable Grand Slam debut, qualifying for the US Open and setting a joint record for the longest women’s singles match in tournament history with her first-round win over Ana Bogdan.

The 22-year-old Spaniard rockets up 53 places to No 179, breaking the Top 200 for the first time.

19-year-old Olivia Gadecki dealt out one of the biggest upsets of the year in February when, as an unranked wild-card, she stunned Sofia Kenin at the Phillip Island Trophy.

Gadecki has been making steady progress since and rose 68 places to a new career high of No 257 after winning her first ITF W25 title in Vigo, Spain.

Wimbledon junior finalist Nastasja Schunk is also racing up the rankings after the 18-year-old German won her first two ITF W25 events, both as a qualifier, in the past month, in Bydgoszcz, Poland and Braunschweig, Germany and backed them up with a quarter-final run in the Karlsruhe 125, jumping 147 places to World No 294.

Su-Wei Hsieh (R) takes over the Doubles No 1 sport from partner Elise Mertens this week

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In the WTA Doubles Rankings, Hsieh Su-Wei returned to the top, replacing Elise Mertens, who held the No 1 spot for 9 consecutive weeks, marking Hsieh’s 40th career week at No 1.

Hsieh & Mertens teamed up at the US Open and, as the top seeds, advanced to the quarter-finals before falling to Coco Gauff & Caty McNally.

By winning the US Open doubles title, Zhang Shuai’s doubles ranking improved 13 spots, moving to No 14, while Samantha Stosur climbed 34 spots to No 21.



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