WTA Rankings: Bianca Andreescu and Sofia Kenin gain places. Svitolina, Bencic slide


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WTA Rankings: Bianca Andreescu and Sofia Kenin gain places. Svitolina, Bencic slide

The WTA Premier event in Dubai brought some significant changes on the WTA list, with one new player in the top-5. Ashleigh Barty remains world no. 1 despite missing all the action after Melbourne, making a return this week in Doha and seeking clean points as she didn't play at this time a year ago.

Ashleigh is 2300 points clear of world no. 2 and Dubai champion Simona Halep who claimed the first title since Wimbledon last July. Karolina Pliskova is 876 points behind the Romanian after losing in the quarter-final in Dubai, hoping for a better run in Doha where she didn't play 12 months ago.

The US Open champion Bianca Andreescu is back on a career-high ranking, entering the top-4 despite not playing since the WTA Finals, still dealing with a knee injury and skipping both Dubai and Doha. The Australian Open winner Sofia Kenin is in the top-5 for the first time, moving in front of Elina Svitolina and Belinda Bencic despite an early loss in Dubai to Rybakina.

Kiki Bertens won the title in St. Petersburg and skipped Dubai, gaining two positions and moving 34 points ahead of Elina Svitolina who is yet to find her best tennis so far in 2020. Serena Williams is world no. 8 ahead of last year's Dubai champion Belinda Bencic who lost five places following the first round exit.

Elena Rybakina has been one of the players of the season so far, reaching four finals and barely losing title in Dubai after a thriller clash with Simona Halep in the deciding tie break. Maria Sakkari is in the top-20 for the first time, with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as the only new player in the top-30.

The 15-year-old Cori Gauff has to wait until Indian Wells to return into action but she has achieved another ranking milestone this week, becoming the youngest player in the top-50 since August 2005. WTA Rankings