Jannik Sinner and Aryna Sabalenka close the gap between them and the top of the rankings after winning the Australian Open title.
Qinwen Zheng makes her top ten debut after reaching a maiden Grand Slam final in Melbourne.
Cameron Norrie returns to the world’s top 20 after reaching the second week in Melbourne for the first time.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Jannik Sinner and Aryna Sabalenka have applied the pressure at the top of the rankings with victories at the Australian Open while Qinwen Zheng is into the top ten for the first time in her career.
Jannik Sinner headlines this week’s rankings report after the Italian won his first Grand Slam title. Sinner defeated the likes of Andrey Rublev, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev to win his maiden Grand Slam title with the final against Medvedev seeing him comeback from two sets down. Although Sinner remains at four in the world, the Italian is now only 1,545 points behind Djokovic as he looks to continue to be dominant throughout the 2024 season.
Other significant changes at the top of the rankings saw Stefanos Tsitsipas drop down three places in the rankings to ten in the world while the player that defeated him, Taylor Fritz, climbs three places to nine in the world. Alex De Minaur is now outside the world’s top ten after a narrow defeat in the last 16 to Rublev while Jiri Lehecka is outside the world’s top 30, dropping eight places.
Elsewhere in the rankings there were massive rises up the rankings for Miomir Kecmanovic and Nuno Borges. Both players reached the last 16 in Melbourne with Kecmanovic rising up 19 places to 41 in the world while Borges is now into the world’s top 50 after climbing up 22 places to 47 in the world. There is also a 39 place rise for Arthur Cazaux who also reached the last 16 in Melbourne and is now a top 100 player at 83 in the world.
In terms of the Brits, Cameron Norrie is back into the world’s top 20 after reaching the second week of the Australian Open for the first time. Norrie climbed up three places in the rankings to 19 in the world as he looks to continue his confident start to the season. There is also a four place rise for Jack Draper as he is now 51 in the world while Dan Evans and Andy Murray both dropped down the rankings by four and five places respectively.
On the women’s side Aryna Sabalenka successfully defended her Australian Open title with the world number two failing to drop a set throughout the tournament. Sabalenka’s success sees her put pressure on Iga Swiatek at the top of the WTA rankings with an intriguing next couple of months ahead for both players.
Meanwhile the finalist at the Australian Open was Qinwen Zheng as she reached her first Grand Slam final, taking advantage of an opportunistic draw. As a result Zheng is in the top ten for the first time in her career as she climbs up eight places to seven in the world. Zheng is the first player from China since Li Na to become a top ten player as she will look to lead the next generation of Chinese tennis.
Other significant ranking movements sees Jelena Ostapenko out of the world’s top ten after dropping down two places to 12 in the world. There were massive rises for semi-finalist Dayana Yastremska and quarter-finalist Anna Kalinskaya. Yastremska reached her first Grand Slam semi-final and did it as a qualifier which sees her climb up 64 places to 29 in the world. Meanwhile Kalinskaya is up 37 places to 38 in the world.
There is also a reward for Czech Republican talent Linda Noskova as she climbs up 20 places to 30 in the world after beating Swiatek at the Australian Open on her way to the quarter-finals. Meanwhile there were huge ranking drops for Magda Linette and Karolina Pliskova. Linette drops down 32 places to 56 in the world while Pliskova drops down 39 places in the world rankings to 77 in the world.
As for the Brits there are rises up the rankings for Harriet Dart and Sonay Kartal. Dart’s final to the Canberra challenger at the start of the season sees her climb up eight places to 104 in the world. While Kartal is 232 in the world as she climbed up 18 places in the rankings after winning an ITF title in Loughborough.
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