After winning her maiden Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open, Aryna Sabalenka moved up to second in the latest WTA rankings, with Poland’s Iga Swiatek maintaining the first place. The Tunisian Ons Jabeur drops to third as the Belarusian climbs three spots to her highest position since August 2021. Caroline Garcia of France dropped to fifth, and Jessica Pegula of the United States dropped to fourth. Elena Rybakina, who fell short against Sabalenka in the Saturday final in Melbourne over three sets. She rose 15 spots to a career-high ranking of number ten.
Due to the All England Club’s decision to prohibit players from Russia and Belarus due to the invasion of Ukraine, the Kazakh did not gain ranking points for winning Wimbledon the previous year. Czech Republic native Karolina Pliskova, a former world number one, jumped up 11 spots to land in the top 20.
Aryna Sabalenka will equal her career-high world number two position. If she wins her first grand slam title, but she will still lag Swiatek by more over 4,000 points. The Pole is far ahead of the competition in 2022 with to her consistency and victories at the French Open and US Open. But she has a lot of points to protect this year and risked being hauled in.
It was not so much that Sabalenka triumphed at Melbourne Park. But the manner of her 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory over Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina that impressed so much. Also Read: What do Tennis Players Drink and Eat during matches?
But Swiatek still the best player for Clay surfaces
With Sabalenka accumulating almost twice as many winners as unforced errors and smashing down 17 aces, many of which came down at important times, this was a match of powerful hitting but also management. The 24-year-old has long been recognised as having great skill. But by growing emotionally and mastering positive thinking, she has raised herself to a new level. On clay, Iga Swiatek continues to be by far the strongest player. While Sabalenka and Rybakina should prevail on faster surfaces.
Although Rybakina was unable to duplicate her Wimbledon victory, she once again shown her immense talent as a tennis player. And how well suited to the spotlight her naturally composed demeanour is.
The Kazakh, who will finally debut in the top 10 on Monday at the age of 23, has time on her side and would have moved up if Wimbledon had provided ranking points.
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