2024 WTA Rankings: Iga Swiatek No 1, Coco Gauff hits new..

2024 WTA Rankings: Iga Swiatek No 1, Coco Gauff hits new mark, Qinwen Zheng soars, Elina Svitolina in top 20.

Iga Swiatek remains No 1 in the WTA Rankings following the Australian Open, but her lead has been cut by Aryna Sabalenka while there were big wins for Coco Gauff, Qinwen Zheng and Elina Svitolina in terms of milestones.

Four-time Grand Slam winner Swiatek started her 88th week at No 1 in the WTA Rankings on Monday, but her lead has been reduced to 865 points after Aryna Sabalenka successfully defended her crown at Melbourne Park.

Sabalenka was in imperious form during the fortnight Down Under as she won the title without dropping a set.

She will have an opportunity in the coming weeks to chip away at the lead as Swiatek has a lot of points to defend at the Qatar Open and the Abu Dhabi Championships.

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Coco Gauff returns to No 3 following her run to the semi-final in Melbourne and she has broken through the 7,000-point mark for the first time in her career with her tally standing at 7,200.

Elena Rybakina was the big loser among the big names as she drops two places to No 5 following her early exit in Australia.The big winner was undoubtedly Qinwen Zheng as she cracked the top 10 for the first time in her career after moving up eight places to No 7 on the back of her run to the final in Melbourne.

There is only one new entrant in the top 20 with Svitolina moving up four places to No 19 after reaching the fourth round of the hard-court Grand Slam. It is the first time that the former world No 3 is in the top 20 since May 2022.

Australian Open semi-finalist Dayana Yastremska surged 64 places to No 29 and quarter-finalist Linda Noskova is one place behind the Ukrainian after moving up 20 places.The 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva’s rise continues as she is now at a career-high No 37 after moving up 12 places while Anna Kalinskaya rose 37 places to No 38.

The biggest mover into the top 100 was Maria Timofeeva as the Russian climbed 70 places to No 100 after reaching the fourth round in Melbourne having come through qualifying.

Katie Boulter is highest ranked British player at No 54 with Jodie Burrage at No 102, Harriet Dart at No 104 and Heather Watson at No 139. Emma Raducanu sits at No 295 after winning one match at the Australian Open.

WTA Rankings Top 20

1. Iga Swiatek Poland 9,770 points
2. Aryna Sabalenka 8,905
3. Coco Gauff United States 7,200
4. Jessica Pegula United States 5,705
5. Elena Rybakina Kazakhstan 5,688
6. Ons Jabeur Tunisia 4,076
7. Qinwen Zheng China 3,950
8. Marketa Vondrousova Czech Republic 3,846
9. Maria Sakkari Greece 3,710
10. Karolina Muchova Czech Republic 3,520
11. Barbora Krejcikova Czech Republic 3,081
12. Jelena Ostapenko Latvia 3,028
13. Beatriz Haddad Maia Brazil 2,950
14. Daria Kasatkina – 2,838
15. Liudmila Samsonova – 2,700
16. Veronika Kudermetova – 2,495
17. Madison Keys United States 2,478
18. Petra Kvitova Czech Republic 2,465
19. Elina Svitolina Ukraine 2212
20. Caroline Garcia France 2,160

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