Sun, 20 Oct 2019

Paris - Naomi Osaka's win over world No 1 Ashleigh Barty in Beijing at the weekend lifted the Japanese player back into the top three in the latest WTA Tour rankings released on Monday.

It meant back-to-back WTA Tour titles for the 21-year-old, who won the Australian Open in January, but then failed to match those high standards at the next three Grand Slams.

French Open winner Barty retains top spot and even extends her lead following the failure of Karolina Pliskova to get past the first round in China.

Osaka's rise to three means Elina Svitolina, quarter-finalist in Beijing, slips to four.

US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, who lost a thrilling quarter-final to Osaka last week, also climbs a place to No 5 pushing Simona Halep down to six.

Top 20 in the latest WTA Tour rankings:

1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 7,096

2. Karolina Pliškova (CZE) 6,015

3. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 5,621

4. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,525

5. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 5,041

6. Simona Halep (ROU) 4,962

7. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,776

8. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,495

9. Serena Williams (USA) 3,935

10. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,848

11. Johanna Konta (GBR) 3,063

12. Sloane Stephens (USA) 2,818

13. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2,775

14. Madison Keys (USA) 2,767

15. Sofia Kenin (USA) 2,615

16. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 2,580

17. Petra Martic (CRO) 2,517

18. Marketa Vondroisova (CZE) 2,390

19. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,290

20. Alison Riske (USA) 2,185

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