In general, the WTA rankings released on the Monday following a Grand Slam tournament are upset. But this year, that is not the case, since due to the coronavirus pandemic, the WTA (just like the ATP) has decided to build on the sixteen best results obtained between March 2019 and December 2020 to establish the classification, taking into account only the best result of each player for each tournament played twice during this period. So the six members of the Top 10 who forfeited the US Open 2020 keep their points acquired at the US Open 2019. Naomi Osaka, she did well to make the trip to New York, since she won the tournament when she was eliminated in the round of 16 last year. This large contribution of points allows him to go from ninth to third place in the world, and therefore to drop by one rank almost all the members of the Top 10.
The Japanese are now 2937 points behind world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty, who will be absent for the entire (short) season on clay, and 576 points from Simona Halep, who will be found this week in Rome. Finalist at the US Open after having been victorious in Cincinnati, Victoria Azarenka continues her rise in the standings: she is now 14th, after having gained thirteen places.
Garcia returns to Mladenovic
On the French side, Kristina Mladenovic, who lived a nightmare at the US Open (elimination in the first round after leading 6-1, 5-1, forced quarantine for having been a “contact case” for Benoit Paire), remains the No. 1, being ranked 44th. But Caroline Garcia, eliminated in the third round in New York then in the second round in Istanbul, gained five places and ended up 45th. Fiona Ferro (absent in the United States) and Alizé Cornet are respectively 48th and 51st. This week, only Caroline Garcia will be on the courts in Rome.
TENNIS / WTA RANKING
Ranking as of September 14, 2020
1- Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 8,717 points
2- Simona Halep (ROU) 6,356
3- Naomi Osaka (JAP) 5,780 (+6)
4- Karolina Pliskova (RTC) 5 205 (-1)
5- Sofia Kenin (USA) 4,700 (-1)
6- Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4,580 (-1)
7- Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 4,555 (-1)
8- Kiki Bertens (PBS) 4,335 (-1)
9- Serena Williams (USA) 4,080 (-1)
10- Belinda Bencic (SUI) 4,010 (-1)
44- Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 1,335
45- Caroline Garcia (FRA) 1 325 (+5)
48- Fiona Ferro (FRA) 1,267 (-1)
51- Alizé Cornet (FRA) 1,230 (+5)