Emma Raducanu rises to world number 13 as Naomi Osaka plummets to 85th

Emma Raducanu has risen to number 13 in the world tennis rankings as Naomi Osaka fell 71 places to 85th

Emma Raducanu has risen to number 13 in the world tennis rankings as Naomi Osaka fell 71 places to 85th.

The WTA rankings were updated today following the conclusion of the Australian Open this weekend.

Ashleigh Barty stormed to victory in front of a home crowd, defeating Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6 to win her third Grand Slam title and her first at the Rod Laver Arena.

Unsurprisingly, the 25-year-old has remained at the top of the world rankings. She has now been world number one for an impressive 106 consecutive weeks.

Collins rocketed up the standings after reaching her first Grand Slam final. Having entered the Australian Open as world number 30, the American now sits at number 10.

Raducanu has also risen up the rankings, moving from world number 18 to a career high of 13th.

This is despite a second round exit at the Australian Open – Raducanu was hampered by a painful blister for the majority of her match against Danka Kovinić of Montenegro.

Ashleigh Barty has consolidated her status as world number one

It would have been thought that the early exit would have seen the British star fall down the rankings, but she has been helped by the early losses of players around her.

For example, Osaka, who crashed out of the Australian Open in the third round, has plummeted down the standings to 85th as a large amount of her points from last year dropped off.

Raducanu only started on the WTA Tour in June, however, and subsequently has no points from the first half of 2021 to defend.

This means she will likely continue to rise up the rankings in the coming months, regardless of whether she wins a WTA title or not.

Raducanu was competing in only the third Grand Slam of her career at the Australian Open, four months after her improbable victory at the US Open in September.

Emma Raducanu was hampered by a blister during her second round match at the Australian Open

The 19-year-old became the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows – winning 10 games in a row without dropping a set during the tournament.

Raducanu had started 2021 outside the world’s top 300, but finished the year inside the top 20. She could well break into the top 10 in the months to come. 

Elsewhere in the rankings, two-time Grand Slam winner Garbiñe Muguruza fell from third to seventh after losing in the second round of the Australian Open.

Poland’s Iga Świątek rose from ninth to fourth after reaching the semi-finals of the Grand Slam, while Anett Kontaveit of Estonia slipped from seventh to ninth.

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