Naomi Osaka again to No. 2 in WTA rankings; Daniil Medvedev ATP No. Three; Karatsev jumps 72 spots


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Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open championship moved her up one spot to No. 2 within the WTA rankings on Monday, whereas males’s finalist Daniil Medvedev rose to a career-best No. Three behind winner Novak Djokovic on the ATP listing.

Jennifer Brady, the 25-year-old American who was the runner-up to Osaka, jumped 11 spots to No. 13, her first time contained in the High 20.

Aslan Karatsev’s historic run from qualifying to the ultimate 4 earlier than dropping to nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic allowed him to vault 72 locations from 114th to 42nd. He’s the primary man within the skilled period to succeed in the semifinals in his debut in the primary draw of a serious event.

Regardless of successful the previous two Grand Slam tournaments she entered, Osaka nonetheless trails No. 1 Ash Barty — who misplaced within the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park — due to the way in which the tennis excursions are calculating what they’re calling “frozen” rankings following final season’s hiatus attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.

Basically, to ensure that gamers’ rankings to not be damage in the event that they skipped occasions on account of the COVID-19 outbreak, the WTA offers credit score for somebody’s finest 16 tournaments since March 2019.

Barty took almost a full 12 months off, for instance, however nonetheless has her factors from successful the 2019 French Open and reaching the semifinals on the 2020 Australian Open.

Serena Williams climbed 4 spots from No. 11 to No. 7 to get again into the High 10 after making it to the semifinals in Australia a 12 months after dropping within the third spherical there.

She was overwhelmed by Osaka, whose 6-Four, 6-Three victory over Brady within the remaining on Saturday gave her a fourth main championship, all on arduous courts: the 2018 and 2010 U.S. Opens, and the 2019 and 2021 Australian Opens.

After her earlier title in Melbourne, Osaka grew to become the primary tennis participant from Asia to succeed in No. 1 within the girls’s or males’s rankings. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian father; they moved to america when Osaka was Three.

Osaka now swaps locations with Simona Halep, who goes from No. 2 to No. Three after dropping to Williams within the quarterfinals.

Aryna Sabalenka now leads the WTA doubles rankings after pairing with Elise Mertens to win the Australian Open girls’s doubles title. Sabalenka is No. eight in singles, making her the primary lady to be No. 1 in doubles and within the High 10 in singles since Sara Errani in February 2014.

After beating Medvedev 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday for his 18th Grand Slam title, Djokovic is assured of remaining at No. 1 not less than one other two weeks, which can increase his profession complete in that spot to 311. Meaning he’ll break Roger Federer’s ATP file of 310 weeks atop the rankings.

Rafael Nadal stayed at No. 2 after dropping within the quarterfinals, whereas Medvedev’s second look in a Grand Slam remaining pushed him up one spot. Medvedev trades locations with Dominic Thiem, who dropped to No. Four after dropping within the fourth spherical.

There have been no different adjustments within the males’s High 10, together with Roger Federer remaining at No. 5 regardless of not having competed in additional than a 12 months after having two knee operations. He’s anticipated to return to the tour subsequent month.



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