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WTA RANKINGS UPDATE: Iga Swiatek takes over, Osaka back on track

There has been a lot of significant changes in the rankings over recent days.




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Written by Claudio Gilardelli, translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye


As it has been very often headlined, this week Iga Swiatek makes her debut as No. 1, following Ashleigh Barty’s shock retirement.

Compared with other players who have been No. 2 in the last two months (Krejcikova, Sabalenka), Swiatek is really worthy to bear Barty’s legacy. First of all she reaches No.1 after accomplishing the Sunshine Double, a feat which, in women’s tennis, had only been achieved by Steffi Graf (twice, in 1994 and 1996), Kim Clijsters (2005) and Vika Azarenka (2016). Besides, her victory in Miami is her third WTA 1000 in a row and she’s on a 17-match winning streak. 

Swiatek won Miami without dropping a set and cruising past her opponents with three bagel sets, one in the final against Naomi Osaka. She has definitely not been overwhelmed by the increased pressure from the media owing to her new status. She also consolidates her lead in the RACE, where she had already overtaken Barty last week. The Australian was the title holder in Indian Wells and she would have dropped 1000 points and gone down to 6980 points. The gap with Swiatek would have shrunk to 269 points only and sooner or later the baton was due to be passed over. Swiatek is the 28th player to secure top spot, and the first Pole ever. Former Polish star Agnieszka Radwaska peaked at a high of No. 2.   

WTA Rank+/-PlayerTournaments PlayedPoints
1+1Iga Swiatek166711
2+2Barbora Krejcikova254975
3+3Paula Badosa304970
4-1Maria Sakkari184705
50Aryna Sabalenka194657
6+1Anett Kontaveit214511
7+1Karolina Pliskova154197
8+3Danielle Collins173151
90Garbiñe Muguruza193070
100Ons Jabeur192975
11+1Jelena Ostapenko202805
12+1Emma Raducanu212706
13+8Jessica Pegula192485
140Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova122473
15+2Coco Gauff212345
16-1Angelique Kerber152297
17-1Victoria Azarenka162281
180Elena Rybakina242261
19+3Leylah Fernandez252156
20-1Simona Halep182156
21+7Belinda Bencic202151
22+1Veronika Kudermetova232090
23+2Tamara Zidansek211921
24+2Madison Keys191904
25-1Elise Mertens221840
26+1Sorana Cirstea231840
27-7Elina Svitolina221836
28+1Daria Kasatkina221770
29+3Petra Kvitova211690
30+1Camila Giorgi191603
31-1Liudmila Samsonova291547
32+1Marketa Vondrousova201457
33+1Camila Osorio311334
34+2Alizé Cornet261315
35+42Naomi Osaka111296
36+2Sloane Stephens161282
370Jil Teichmann231277
38+2Clara Tauson311249
390Ajla Tomljanovic231231
40+2Viktorija Golubic281211
41+2Shuai Zhang361210
42+9Anhelina Kalinina391208
43+7Alison Riske241201
44+4Shelby Rogers281184
45+8Katerina Siniakova211166
46+1Yulia Putintseva231166
47-6Amanda Anisimova201165
48-3Jasmine Paolini311159
49-14Sara Sorribes Tormo231135
50-4Tereza Martincova311128

In the top50, we can notice that:

  • Ashleigh Barty’s retirement has really had an impact on the top10. We have already given due credit to Iga Swiatek. Barbora Krejcikova moves back to second place, Paula Badosa (+3, No.3) reaches her career best, Maria Sakkari (semi-finalist at Miami in 2021) slips to No.4, Anett Kontaveit (No.6) and Karolina Pliskova (No.7) go up one position. Danielle Collins gains three spots and for the first time in her career joins the top10 at No.8.
  • In the top20 Jelena Ostapenko (+1, No.11) is just 170 points short of the top10. There are best rankings for Cori Gauff (+2, No.15) and Jessica Pegula (+8, No.13), who returns in the top20, just like Leylah Fernandez (+3, No.19). Elina Svitolina, who reached the semifinals in Florida last year, drops out of the top20 (-7, n.27) after recently announcing she will take a break from tennis.
  • The most significant movers in the top50 are Belinda Bencic (+7, No.21), who edges back close to the top20, after her semi-final in Miami. The great news is that Naomi Osaka is back on track again with her run to the final in Miami and takes a 42-position bound, landing at No.35. Also Anhelina Kalinina (+9, No.42) and Katerina Siniakova (+8, No.45), are back in the top50. Alison Riske (No..43) gains 7 places. However, there is a downtrend for Sara Sorribes Tormo (-14, No.49), who drops the points she earned in Miami last year thanks to her quarterfinal and for Amanda Anisimova (-6, No.47). Both are on the brink and risk losing the top50. 
  • Below the top50, several players have made consistent progress: Aliaksandra Sasnovich (+9, No.51), Mayar Sherif (+12, No.61), Karolina Muchova (+7, No.67), Anna Kalinskaya (+8, No.76), Marie Bouzkova (+9, No.77), Lauren Davis (+12, No.82), Dalma Galfi (+10, No.97), and Lucia Bronzetti (+17, No.85). 
  • Ana Konjuh is struggling (-10, No.62) but Anastasija Sevastova (-29, No.114) and Bianca Andreescu (-75, No.119), semi-finalist and finalist respectively in Miami Open 2021 have fallen out of the top 100. 
  • Beyond the top100 we see remarkable move up by Daria Saville, who climbs to No.129, gaining 120 positions and Linda Fruhvirtova, who breaks into the top 200 at No.188, gaining 91 positions.


For the first time the Ranking dedicated to the players born after 1st January 2002 features Olivia Gadecki, who takes the place of 16-year-old Victoria Jimenez Kasintseva. The young Australian debuts at No.9. The top ranks are unchanged: Emma Raducanu is No.1, followed by Cori Gauff and Leylah Fernandez.

Position+/-PlayerYOBWTA Rank
10Emma Raducanu200212
20Cori Gauff200415
30Leylah Fernandez200219
40Clara Tauson200238
50Marta Kostyuk200253
60Qinwen Zheng200272
70Diane Parry200298
80Daria Snigur2002139
9Olivia Gadecki2002167
10-1Elina Avanesyan2002170


Iga Swiatek leads the Race as well and has 2310 points more than the second ranked player, Maria Sakkari. Danielle Collins (No.3) moves up 3 positions and Jessica Pegula (No.9) gains 6. Naomi Osaka (+37, No.11), Belinda Bencic (+23, n.14) and Petra Kvitova (+10, n.20) burst into the top20. 

Position+/-PlayerTournaments Played   Points
10Iga Swiatek63920
2+1Maria Sakkari61610
3+3Danielle Collins41516
4+3Paula Badosa71422
5-1Anett Kontaveit61385
6-1Madison Keys71317
7+1Jelena Ostapenko71156
8+1Simona Halep61096
9+6Jessica Pegula7992
10+1Veronika Kudermetova7952
11+37Naomi Osaka4925
12-2Barbora Krejcikova6895
13-1Elena Rybakina7766
14+23Belinda Bencic6671
15-2Sorana Cirstea8626
16-2Amanda Anisimova6626
17-1Daria Kasatkina7606
180Kaia Kanepi4590
19-2Elise Mertens7576
20+10Petra Kvitova8561


All-Estonian Match In Tallinn Headlines WTA Semi-Finals

Anett Kontaveit and Kaia Kanepi will battle for a spot in the Tallinn final.




Anett Kontaveit (@usopen - Twitter)

An all-Estonian match between Anett Kontaveit and Kaia Kanepi in Tallinn headlines semi-finals day on the WTA side.


Estonian tennis history will be made on Saturday as Kaia Kanepi and Anett Kontaveit will take on each other in their home country in the semi-finals of Tallinn.

The atmosphere in Estonia has been electric all week and it will be even louder with a guaranteed Estonian making the final.

Despite a miserable season so far, Kontaveit thrives on the indoor hard courts and will enter Saturday’s semi-final as favourite.

However Kanepi is known for causing shocks and the world number 32 will fancy her chances when the two players meet at roughly 16:00 BST.

Speaking after her quarter-final win over Karolina Muchova, Kanepi told the press that she isn’t tired and admitted Kontaveit is favourite, “I don’t feel tired at the moment. I usually don’t feel it after a match,” Kanepi told err.ee.

“It was very even. In the end I tried to play with a lot of guts and, I succeeded, that’s why I won. For me it’s just like any other match. She’s ten years younger than me, there’s not really any question. Anett has a better record and she’s ahead of me in the rankings.”

This afternoon’s meeting will be the first of their career with a place in the final against Barbora Krejcikova or Belinda Bencic on the line.

Sakkari Aims For First Final For Seven Months

Meanwhile in Parma, Maria Sakkari will look to reach her first final since Indian Wells as she takes on Danka Kovinic in the last four.

Sakkari is the heavy favourite for the title as she looks to build up some confidence heading into the end of the season.

The other semi-final in Parma will see Ana Bogdan take on Mayar Sherif.

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Kei Nishikori Confirms Safety Amid Hurricane Ian, Sets Out End of Year Plans

Kei Nishikori is set to return to tennis in November.




Kei Nishikori (@WSOpen - Twitter)

Former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori has confirmed that he and his family are safe as Hurricane Ian continues to cause destruction in America.


Nishikori lives and is based in Florida, where Hurricane Ian is doing most of its destruction at the moment.

So far at least two million people are without power with a handful of people losing their life due to the hurricane.

Some of Nishikori’s fans were concerned about his safety but the former top ten player confirmed that he and his family are safe, “Hi everyone, just a quick note to say my family and I are safe,” Nishikori confirmed on social media.

“Thank you for all the messages. It was a scary day and hope things will be back to normal as soon as possible. My thoughts are with all the people facing the results of the storm. I hope everyone stays safe.”

It’s pleasing to hear Nishikori is safe as the storm continues to cause destruction on many people’s livelihoods in the US.

Speaking of Nishikori, the Japanese star has been fairly muted on the court with him not playing a single event this season.

Injuries have been the story of Nishikori’s career and it looks as if that trend has continued in 2022.

However Nishikori could be expected to make his return to the tour in November on the Challenger tour.

That’s because Nishikori has been confirmed to compete in the Calgary and Drummondville challenger events.

The two events take place between the 6th and the 20th of November with Nishikori looking to gain some match time ahead of next year’s Australian Open.

Tournament directors Alain Calle and Danny Da Costa had this to say on Nishikori’s participation, “We’re thrilled to have Kei at our tournaments,” they jointly said in a press release.

“He’s been one of the most prolific players on the Tour since the start of his career, and even though he’s coming back from a major injury, he remains a very talented player. We’re looking forward to seeing him play again in Canada, and there’s no doubt our fans will be, too.”

The events will be Nishikori’s first since Indian Wells in 2021 where he lost to Dan Evans in the second round.

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Novak Djokovic Praises ‘Passionate’ Tel-Aviv Crowd Ahead Of Quarter-Finals

Novak Djokovic is into the quarter-finals in Tel-Aviv and will play Vasek Pospisil on Friday.




Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole - Twitter)

Novak Djokovic spoke about the crowd in Tel-Aviv ahead of his last eight showdown with Vasek Pospisil.


The Wimbledon champion progressed to the quarter-finals in Tel-Aviv with a dominant display over Pablo Andujar.

Djokovic dropped only three games as he returned to imperious form as he looks to boost his ranking over the coming weeks.

Speaking after the match Djokovic spoke about the ‘passionate’ crowd in Tel-Aviv and how it boosted his performance, “Fantastic atmosphere here tonight, thank you very much,” Djokovic said in his on-court atmosphere.

“I like the court, it’s very intimate and it’s very loud. The crowd here is very passionate about the sport, about tennis and I’m really, really happy to be here and to perform here in front of you, so thank you for your support.”

Djokovic’s last appearance in Tel-Aviv came as a teenager in 2006 when he played a Davis Cup tie.

Now 16 years later, Djokovic is relishing the occasion playing in Israel again as he looks to make up significant ground on the world’s top ranked players.

Djokovic will now play good friend Vasek Pospisil in the last eight with the Serb leading the head-to-head 5-0.

Here are the other quarter-finals that will take place on Friday in Tel-Aviv:

Arthur Rinderknech v Roman Safiullin

Constant Lestienne v Maxime Cressy

Liam Broady v Marin Cilic

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