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Madrid win sends Sabalenka up to fourth in WTA rankings

AFP logo AFP 10/05/2021 AFP
a woman holding a glass of water: Sabalenka claimed the biggest title of her career on Saturday © GABRIEL BOUYS Sabalenka claimed the biggest title of her career on Saturday

Aryna Sabalenka's victory over world number one Ashleigh Barty in the Madrid Open final at the weekend saw the Belarusian climb three places to fourth in the new WTA rankings released on Monday.

It was Sabalenka's 10th career title but her first on clay and, three weeks before the French Open, underlined the 23-year-old's improvement on the surface. 

Sabalenka was beaten by Barty in the final in Stuttgart last month but exacted revenge at the Caja Magica, a storming 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 victory clinching the biggest title of her career.

"Something changed in my mind this year," said Sabalenka after the final. "I'm not really scared of this surface any more."

Petra Kvitova, who reached the quarter-finals in Madrid, moves up two places to 10 while Spaniard Paula Badosa's trip to the semi-finals saw her climb 20 places to number 42.

WTA rankings as of May 10:

1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 10,090 pts

2. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 7,650

3. Simona Halep (ROM) 6,520

4. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6,195 (+3)

5. Sofia Kenin (USA) 5,905 (-1)

6. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,835 (-1)

7. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 5,265 (-1)

8. Serena Williams (USA) 4,850

9. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 4,660

10. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,160 (+2)

11. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 4,140

12. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4,110 (+1)

13. Jennifer Brady (USA) 3,830 (+1)

14. Elise Mertens (BEL) 3,685 (+2)

15. Iga Swiatek (POL) 3,555 (+2)

16. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 3,526 (-1)

17. Kiki Bertens (NED) 3,470 (-7)

18. Johanna Konta (GBR) 3,236

19. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 3,130

20. Karolina Muchova (CZE) 2,816


42. Paula Badosa (ESP) 1,626 (+20)



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