New York, Sep 12 (IANS) Her triumph in the U.S Open has helped Iga Swiatek open up a commanding lead in the rankings, taking her tally to more than twice as many rankings points as anyone else on the tour.
By capturing her seventh singles title of the season, including her second Grand Slam title, current World No.1 and 2022 U.S Open champion Iga Swiatek continues to build on her lead atop the WTA Rankings. Poland’s Swiatek has owned the No.1 ranking for 24 consecutive weeks, a streak that dates back to April 4.
Ons Jabeur of Tunisia returns to No.2 in this week’s rankings, moving up three spots from No.5.
With 10,365 ranking points, Swiatek now holds a 5,275-point lead over Jabeur, the widest margin between No.1 and No.2 in seven years, when Serena Williams had a 6,591-point lead the week of August 31, 2015.
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia is third on the list with 4300 points, Paula Badosa of Spain is fourth while Jessica Pegula of the United States completes the Top-5 after moving three places.
Maria Sakkari of Greece dropped down three places to sixth and Aryna Sabalenka too slipped a place to seventh.
Coco makes Top 10 debut
Following her quarterfinal run at the U.S Open, American teenager Coco Gauff made her Top 10 debut this week, at No. 8, up four spots from No.12. At 18 years and 183 days, Gauff becomes the youngest player to break into the Top 10 in 16 years, when a 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova made her Top 10 debut in 2006. Gauff also is the youngest American to make her Top 10 debut since Serena Williams in 1999.
Garcia back into Top 10
After starting the season with a 9-11 record, Caroline Garcia has posted a 31-5 record since June. During that stretch, Garcia has won titles at Bad Homburg and Warsaw, while also reaching the final at the WTA 1000 event in Cincinnati and the semifinals at the US Open.
Garcia has jumped from No.75 on January 19 to No.10 this week as she returns to the Top 10 for the first time since the week of October 1, 2018.
Meanwhile, in women’s doubles, Katerina Siniakova returns to No.1 in this week’s rankings following her U.S Open title run with her partner Barbora Krejcikova, who now sits at No.2. This week marks Siniakova’s 63rd week at No.1.