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Osaka regains world No 1 ranking

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Naomi Osaka wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Naomi Osaka first became No 1 in the world back in January © Getty Naomi Osaka first became No 1 in the world back in January

Naomi Osaka has regained the No 1 spot in the WTA world rankings after her run at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Osaka's return to the top comes less than two months after her place at the summit was taken by Ashleigh Barty.

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 08: Naomi Osaka (JPN) smiles during her third round match of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on August 8, 2019, at Aviva Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) © Icon Sportswire (A Division of XML Team Solutions) All Rights Reserved TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 08: Naomi Osaka (JPN) smiles during her third round match of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on August 8, 2019, at Aviva Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

This time around, it was Barty's loss to Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Rogers Cup that opened the door to a potential new world No 1.

Osaka and Karolina Pliskova were the two players in the running to take pole position but Pliskova's loss in the quarter-finals, and Osaka's victory, confirmed that the Japanese had done enough to reclaim top spot.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Bianca Andreescu has climbed from 27th to 14th after her impressive week and victory at her home tournament in Toronto.

a woman holding a racket on a court: Bianca Andreescu is now at a new career-high ranking © Getty Bianca Andreescu is now at a new career-high ranking

The Canadian's route to the final saw her prevail over Eugenie Bouchard, Daria Kasatkina, Kiki Bertens, Pliskova and Kenin. This marks the first time that she has been part of the world's Top 20.

Andreescu's form, her move up the rankings and the fact that she has returned from injury so strongly will send further waves around the WTA tour. She has beaten seven of the top 10 players in the world this season.

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 09: Naomi Osaka (JPN) returns the ball during her quarter-finals match of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on August 9, 2019, at Aviva Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) © Icon Sportswire (A Division of XML Team Solutions) All Rights Reserved TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 09: Naomi Osaka (JPN) returns the ball during her quarter-finals match of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on August 9, 2019, at Aviva Centre in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) Kenin jumps up seven places and is another who has reached a new peak the rankings - breaking into the Top 25 for the first time.

As a result of her victory alongside Hsieh Su-Wei at Wimbledon, Barbora Strycova became the WTA world No 1 in doubles and was presented with her trophy in Cincinnati. 

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