Osaka back to No. 2; Medvedev No. 3; Karatsev jumps 72 spots

Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open championship moved her up one spot to No. 2 within the WTA scores Monday, whilst males’s finalist Daniil Medvedev rose to a career-best No. Three in the back of winner Novak Djokovic at the ATP checklist.

Jennifer Brady, the 25-year-old American who used to be the runner-up to Osaka, jumped 11 spots to No. 13, her first time throughout the Best 20.


Aslan Karatsev’s historical run from qualifying to the general 4 earlier than shedding to nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic allowed him to vault 72 puts from 114th to 42nd. He’s the primary guy within the skilled technology to succeed in the semifinals in his debut in the primary draw of a big event.

Regardless of successful the previous two Grand Slam tournaments she entered, Osaka nonetheless trails No. 1 Ash Barty — who misplaced within the quarterfinals at Melbourne Park — on account of the best way the tennis excursions are calculating what they are calling “frozen” scores following ultimate season’s hiatus led to by means of the coronavirus pandemic.

Necessarily, to ensure that avid gamers’ scores to not be harm in the event that they skipped occasions on account of the COVID-19 outbreak, the WTA provides credit score for anyone’s very best 16 tournaments since March 2019.

Barty took just about a complete yr off, for instance, however nonetheless has her issues from successful the 2019 French Open and achieving the semifinals on the 2020 Australian Open.

Serena Williams climbed 4 spots from No. 11 to No. 7 to get again into the Best 10 after making it to the semifinals in Australia a yr after shedding within the 3rd spherical there.

She used to be overwhelmed by means of Osaka, whose 6-Four, 6-Three victory over Brady within the ultimate on Saturday gave her a fourth primary championship, all on exhausting courts: the 2018 and 2010 U.S. Opens, and the 2019 and 2021 Australian Opens.

After her earlier identify in Melbourne, Osaka turned into the primary tennis participant from Asia to succeed in No. 1 within the girls’s or males’s scores. She used to be born in Japan to a Jap mom and Haitian father; they moved to the US when Osaka used to be Three.

Osaka now swaps puts with Simona Halep, who is going from No. 2 to No. Three after shedding to Williams within the quarterfinals.

Aryna Sabalenka now leads the WTA doubles scores after pairing with Elise Mertens to win the Australian Open girls’s doubles identify. Sabalenka is No. eight in singles, making her the primary lady to be No. 1 in doubles and within the Best 10 in singles since Sara Errani in February 2014.

After beating Medvedev 7-Five, 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday for his 18th Grand Slam identify, Djokovic is confident of ultimate at No. 1 no less than every other two weeks, which is able to lift his profession overall in that spot to 311. That implies he’s going to wreck Roger Federer’s ATP document of 310 weeks atop the scores.


Rafael Nadal stayed at No. 2 after shedding within the quarterfinals, whilst Medvedev’s 2nd look in a Grand Slam ultimate driven him up one spot. Medvedev trades puts with Dominic Thiem, who dropped to No. Four after shedding within the fourth spherical.

There have been no different adjustments within the males’s Best 10, together with Roger Federer ultimate at No. Five regardless of now not having competed in additional than a yr after having two knee operations. He’s anticipated to go back to the excursion subsequent month.

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