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Naomi Osaka back to No. 2 in WTA rankings; Daniil Medvedev ATP No. 3; Karatsev jumps 72 spots

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Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open championship moved her up one spot to No. 2 in the WTA rankings on Monday, whereas males’s finalist Daniil Medvedev rose to a career-best No. 3 behind winner Novak Djokovic on the ATP checklist.

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 Top 20.

Aslan Karatsev’s historic run from qualifying to the ultimate 4 earlier than shedding to nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic allowed him to vault 72 locations from 114th to forty second. He is the primary man in the skilled period to attain the semifinals in his debut in the principle draw of a serious event.

Despite profitable the previous two Grand Slam tournaments she entered, Osaka nonetheless trails No. 1 Ash Barty — who misplaced in 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 brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Essentially, in order for gamers’ rankings not to be harm in the event that they skipped occasions because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the WTA provides credit score for somebody’s finest 16 tournaments since March 2019.

Barty took practically a full 12 months off, for instance, however nonetheless has her factors from profitable 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 back into the Top 10 after making it to the semifinals in Australia a 12 months after shedding in the third spherical there.

She was overwhelmed by Osaka, whose 6-4, 6-3 victory over Brady in the ultimate on Saturday gave her a fourth main championship, all on laborious courts: the 2018 and 2010 U.S. Opens, and the 2019 and 2021 Australian Opens.

After her earlier title in Melbourne, Osaka turned the primary tennis participant from Asia to attain No. 1 in the ladies’s or males’s rankings. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian father; they moved to the United States when Osaka was 3.

Osaka now swaps locations with Simona (*72*), who goes from No. 2 to No. 3 after shedding to Williams in the quarterfinals.

Aryna Sabalenka now leads the WTA doubles rankings after pairing with Elise Mertens to win the Australian Open ladies’s doubles title. Sabalenka is No. 8 in singles, making her the primary girl to be No. 1 in doubles and in the Top 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 at the least one other two weeks, which can elevate his profession whole in that spot to 311. That means he’ll break Roger Federer’s ATP report of 310 weeks atop the rankings.

Rafael Nadal stayed at No. 2 after shedding in the quarterfinals, whereas Medvedev’s second look in a Grand Slam closing pushed him up one spot. Medvedev trades locations with Dominic Thiem, who dropped to No. 4 after shedding in the fourth spherical.

There have been no different modifications in the boys’s Top 10, together with Roger Federer remaining at No. 5 regardless of not having competed in greater than a 12 months after having two knee operations. He is predicted to return to the tour subsequent month.


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