Australian Open Naomi Osaka has set a record after winning the Women’s final last week by becoming the first Asian player to jump into the No.1 spot in the WTA Rankings.
In addition to jumping in to No. 1, Osaka is the youngest player to achieve this in the last nine years. She had a breakout year in 2018 having defeated Serena Williams at the U.S. Open boosting her career winnings, at the rip age of 21 to $10,733,311. Commenting on the achievement, Osaka said,
“I feel like I’m literally just still learning. Everyone kind of adjusts to being No. 1 in a different way.”
Naomi Osaka knocks Simona Halep out of the No. 1 ranking, a position she held for48 weeks. Halep fell to no. 3 after losing to Serena Williams in the fourth round. Halep stated, in post-match interviews that,
“The main goal is just to play as good as I can every match, to win every match I play, so the ranking doesn’t really matter.”
Canada’s Bianca Andreescu also saw her ranking jump from 106 to 68 after she earned a spot in the125K Series Oracle Challenger defeating Jessica Pegula to earn her first tour title in the WTA. That jump also put her atop the Canadians list of top ranked tennis player.
Halep played down the drop in rankings stating that there are more important things ahead and that she will not stress over it. The win at the Australian Open is Osaka’s second Grand Slam title and that saw her jump three positions. Born in Japan, but raised in the U.S due to her Father being an American citizen and that saw her having dual citizenship, even though living in Florida.
Wouldn’t have been able to do it without everyone. Love you guys ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/qxdbctduUe
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) January 27, 2019
After her win, Osaka thanked her team after her win on Twitter saying without them, she could not have done it. The last player to reach the No. 1 position younger than Osaka was Caroline Wozniacki, who was 20 at the time. Osaka made mention after her win that,
“People were talking about me being No. 1 if I win this tournament. I was able to accomplish that, but the ranking was never my real goal. It was just to win this tournament.”
Petra Kvitova also saw her ranking get a boost to No. 2 after being the runner up and Sloane Stephens saw her position jump to No. 4, as did Karolina Pliskova who climbed to the No. 5 spot. Serena Williams dropped to No. 11 and Danielle Collins, who made it to the semifinals jumped to No. 23 from the No. 25 spot. Collins earned her place in the semifinals after she eliminated Angelique Kerber, a three time major tournament winner, and that resulted in Kerber dropping to No. 6. In the WTA rankings
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