Naomi Osaka lost her second place in the WTA rankings after being overtaken by Aryna Sabalenka before the US Open.
Sabalenka climbed one place in the latest ranking released on Monday, dethroning Osaka in second place.
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Neither Sabalenka nor Osaka reached the final stages of the Cincinnati Masters, but Osaka fell because she was defending more classification points.
This is yet another blow for the quadruple Grand Slam champion after a tumultuous few months.
After withdraw from Roland-Garros and skip Wimbledon Due to mental health concerns, Osaka suffered a shocking third round loss in their home Olympics in Tokyo.
Then she suffered another huge upheaval at the hands of Jill Teichmann in the round of 16 in Cincinnati.
During this time, Ash Barty progressed further to first place, surpassing 10,000 ranking points for the first time.
After winning his fifth title of the year in Cincinnati, Barty is now entering his 83rd straight week as the world No.1 – and 90th overall.
The streak marks the ninth most weeks for players at world No.1, with Barty now eyeing Lindsay Davenport’s 98-week mark to move up to eighth.
The gap between Barty and world number 2 Sabalenka is 3,175 points.
WTA Ranking (as of August 24)
1. Ash Barty (AUS) – 10,185 points
2. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 7010
3. Naomi Osaka (JPN) – 6666
4. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – 5530
5. Sofia Kenin (United States) – 5030
6. Elina Svitolina (UKR) – 5030
7. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) – 4537
8. Iga Swiatek (POL) – 4461
9. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) – 4273
10. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) – 4210
Ash Barty aims for US Open glory after stellar season
Meanwhile, Barty is counting on his work week in Ohio, which resulted in a 6-3 6-1 demolition for his fifth title of 2021, now puts it in a “very good place” for the US Open.
The Wimbledon champion, who hasn’t lost a set all week in Cincinnati, again looked in a different class to her opponent Teichmann, winning the final in just 72 minutes for the 13th title of her career.
“It’s been a great week. I felt like with each game we were gradually improving in most parts of my game,” Barty said, referring to his success as usual as ‘we’ to make it clear that it was another team. effort.
“Today I felt like I was able to really trust myself and play with confidence, go after the ball, be aggressive and have a bit of momentum, which was fine. be important in a grand finale.
“We’re just thrilled to have some tough games under our belt here at Cincy – and that puts us in a very good position to go to New York.”
Teichmann, Cincinnati’s 76th lowest-ranked finalist in 13 years, beat Osaka, Olympic champion Belinda Bencic and Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova this week.
The athletic southpaw felt she “would go for it” against Barty, but found the Queenslander to be an entirely different proposition.
The Australian won 85% of the points behind her devastating first serve and placed with precision while breaking Teichmann on five occasions.
Barty became the first Australian to win the Cincinnati title since Evonne Goolagong in 1973.
It was his 40th Match of the Year victory, another figurehead on the Tour, and brought his record in this year’s final to 5-1 – the only loss to Sabalenka in Madrid.
Barty has won titles in Melbourne, Miami, Stuttgart, Wimbledon and now Cincinnati this year.
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