By Tony Fairbairn
- Alcaraz’s triumph in Barcelona means he enters the world’s top ten for the first time
- Badosa becomes new world number two after reaching semis in Stuttgart
- Thiem drops 39 places as Norrie exits top ten
BARCELONA, SPAIN – Carlos Alcaraz entered the world’s top ten for the first time after winning the ATP 500 event in Barcelona while his compatriot Paula Badosa becomes the new world number two on the Women’s side.
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ATP Rankings and Brits Top 10
The main headline on the Men’s side is Carlos Alcaraz as the Spaniard won Barcelona beating Pablo Carreno Busta in the final. Alcaraz as a result enters the top ten in the world for the first time and continues his impressive 2022 season and continues to build momentum towards Roland Garros. While Carreno Busta overtook fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut as number 18 in the world.
In the other ATP event this week Andrey Rublev defeated Novak Djokovic in the final in Belgrade as Djokovic’s return to Serbia ended in defeat for the world number one in the final. Even though both players stay in their respective positions, they continue to add points to their total on the Road to Roland Garros. However the main headline from Belgrade rankings wise goes to Fabio Fognini, who’s semi-final in Serbia earns him back into the world’s top 50 climbing up 12 places.
In other news there was a fall down the rankings for Dominic Thiem, who fell down by 39 places after his Barcelona points from 2019 came off. The Austrian couldn’t earn points in Belgrade and now finds himself as world number 93 heading into this week’s tournament in Estoril.
Meanwhile in Brits news, Cameron Norrie falls outside of the world’s top 10 after losing at the quarter-final stage in Barcelona. Norrie now heads to Madrid looking for form heading into the second grand slam of the season.
- Novak Djokovic (SRB) – 8,400 points
- Daniil Medvedev (RUS) – 8,080
- Alexander Zverev (GER) – 7,465
- Rafael Nadal (ESP) – 6,435
- Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) – 5,770
- Matteo Berrettini (ITA) – 4,570
- Casper Ruud (NOR) – 4,110
- Andrey Rublev (RUS) – 4,025
- Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) – 3,827
- Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) – 3,625
- Cameron Norrie (11 in the world) – 3,440 points
- Dan Evans (35) – 1,242
- Andy Murray (81) – 783
- Jack Draper (124) – 538
- Liam Broady (145) – 448
- Jay Clarke (191) – 306
- Ryan Peniston (227) – 244
- Paul Jubb (230) – 231
- Alastair Gray (305) – 157
- Aidan McHugh (309) – 155
WTA Rankings and Brits Top 10
Onto the WTA tour where the big WTA event was in Stuttgart which saw recent form hold-up as Iga Swiatek won her fourth consecutive WTA title to increase her stranglehold on the world number one spot. The Pole beat Aryna Sabalenka in the final to head into Madrid in red-hot form as Roland Garros fast approaches.
However the big ranking news from Germany was Paula Badosa becoming the new world number two after reaching the last four on the indoor clay. Now after her latest achievement, Badosa will look to develop a competitive rivalry with the Pole.
The other WTA event this week saw Anastasia Potapova win her maiden title at Istanbul, defeating Veronika Kudermetova in the final. As a result the Russian climbed 44 places in the world to 78 while Kudermetova climbed four places into 25 in the world.
As for the Brits Emma Raducanu produced a respectable showing in Stuttgart, reaching the quarter-finals, and is rewarded for a one place rise to 11 in the world. While Jodie Burrage climbs 12 places and is on the brink of a place in the world’s top 250.
- Iga Swiatek (POL) – 7,181 points
- Paula Badosa (ESP) – 5,045
- Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) – 5,043
- Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 4,711
- Maria Sakkari (GRE) – 4,651
- Anett Kontaveit (EST) – 4,511
- Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – 4,207
- Danielle Collins (USA) – 3,151
- Garbine Muguruza (ESP) – 3,070
- Ons Jabeur (TUN) – 3,015
- Emma Raducanu (11 in the world) – 2,797
- Harriet Dart (102) – 649
- Heather Watson (103) – 641
- Katie Boulter (132) – 497
- Francesca Jones (180) – 365
- Katie Swan (225) – 305
- Yuriko Miyazaki (231) – 302
- Jodie Burrage (251) – 278
- Sarah Beth Grey (308) – 206
- Samantha Murray Sharan (333) – 179
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