Emma Raducanu, Coco Gauff, Iga Swiatek: The big movers in the latest WTA rankings

Raducanu, Swiatek

Coco Gauff, Anett Kontaverit and Emma Raducanu are just some of the big movers in the latest WTA rankings.

Despite only reaching the second round of the Australian Open, Raducanu still climbed into the world’s top 15 earlier this year but has dropped from 12th to 13th following her first-round exit at the Guadalajara Open. 

The Brit was seeded first for the competition. However, she was forced to retire deep into the third set against Daria Saville after sustaining a left-hip injury. 

After the match, Raducanu said: “I just wanted to say that I’m very sorry that I won’t be able to play for you in Monterrey.

“I was having an amazing time, but I got hurt in my last match and that means I can’t play.”

The US Open champion did not recover in time to play in Monterrey this week and now faces a race against the clock to be fit in time for Indian Wells, which starts next Monday. 

Raducanu was replaced in 12th spot by Jelena Ostapenko, who has been in exceptional form of late.

The former Roland Garros winner won in Dubai a fortnight ago and blacked this performance up by reaching the semi-finals in Qatar. 

Her run was eventually ended by Estonia’s Kontaveit, who has jumped two places in the rankings up to fifth. 

Kontaveit has been one of the most in-form players in the world since the end of 2021 and may have a chance later in the year to become number one in the world when Ashleigh Barty is forced to defend a huge amount of points. 

For now, though, Barty remains in top spot, having claimed her third major title in Melbourne in January. 

Iga Swiatek, 20, beat Kontaveit in the Qatar Open final and has risen from eighth to fourth in the rankings. 

Similarly, Gauff is up the same number of spots, from 23rd to 19th, after reaching the quarter-finals in Doha.

The WTA rankings are based on a 52-week cumulative system, where players gain points as a result of tournament performances. 

Winning a Grand Slam offers 2000 points, hence why Raducanu is featured so high right now. 

Barty has finished as the number one ranked player for the past three years now, though the WTA did introduce a protected ranking system for much of this time, owing to the pandemic.

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