WTA Rankings: Naomi Osaka becomes the new world No. 1



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WTA Rankings: Naomi Osaka becomes the new world No. 1

The respective Australian Open champion and finalist Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova lead the WTA Rankings after the Grand Slam in Melbourne. The Japanese hold two Majors, also the US Open, and Indian Wells title, while Kvitova equalled her career-high ranking.

Simona Halep dropped from the first to the third place, having lost to Serena Williams in the fourth round as a defending finalist. Williams got closer to the top 10 again, being eleventh. Caroline Wozniacki, who did not retain her maiden Major title losing to Maria Sharapova in the third round, is now ninth.

Sloane Stephens is fourth, followed by Karolina Pliskova, who reached the semifinals, and Angelique Kerber. On how she is shy with the public, Osaka said: "I would love to be better at talking. In the first place, I don't even talk normally, like, in my day-to-day.

I might speak, like, 10 sentences. Honestly, I wouldn't really be that thrilled if I had to practice talking." Williams believes that her straight-set 2017 Australian Open final win over her sister Venus was the greatest in her career.

In an on-court during the Australian Open early rounds, the American said: "I think the last time I was here I was actually pregnant and playing at the same time. It was weird walking out here on my own this time. It is great to be back. That was literally the greatest win of my career."

 1 Naomi Osaka 7030 3
 2 Petra Kvitová 6290 4
 3 Simona Halep 5582 -2
 4 Sloane Stephens 5307 1
 5 Karolína Plíšková 5100 3
 6 Angelique Kerber 4965 -4
 7 Elina Svitolina 4940 -
 8 Kiki Bertens 4430 1
 9 Caroline Wozniacki 3566 -6
 10 Aryna Sabalenka 3485 1
 11 Serena Williams 3406 5
 12 Daria Kasatkina 3355 -2
 13 Anastasija Sevastova 3330 -1
 14 Ashleigh Barty 3285 1
 15 Garbiñe Muguruza 3035 3
 16 Julia Görges 2995 -3
 17 Madison Keys 2786 -
 18 Qiang Wang 2605 3
 19 Caroline Garcia 2550 -
 20 Anett Kontaveit 2355 -
 21 Elise Mertens 2335 -7
 22 Je?ena Ostapenko 2242 -
 23 Danielle Collins 2079 12
 24 Lesia Tsurenko 1896 -
 25 Carla Suárez Navarro 1793 -2
 26 Dominika Cibulková 1735 -1
 27 Camila Giorgi 1705 1
 28 Mihaela Buz?rnescu 1700 -2
 29 Maria Sharapova 1662 1
 30 Donna Veki? 1580 -1