Naomi Osaka has moved into the top 10 of the WTA Ranking following her victory over Serena Williams on Saturday, jumping 12 places up to WTA World No.7.
WTA Staff
September 10, 2018

Naomi Osaka has moved up to WTA World No.7 after sealing her first major title at the US Open on Saturday, where she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets.

She has moved 12 spots up the ladder, overhauling last year’s champion in New York, Sloane Stephens, who has dropped six places to WTA World No.9. 

Japan’s first Grand Slam champion has also become the youngest player in the Top 10 at the age of 20, overtaking Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in this regard. 

Elsewhere among this elite club of players, Angelique Kerber moved up one spot to WTA World No.3, while Caroline Garcia jumped two positions to move directly behind the German, as Romania’s Simona Halep and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki retain the top positions. Elina Svitolina also jumped up one place, moving to WTA World No.6.

Here are some of the week’s other most notable ranking movers:

Serena Williams (+10, No.26 to No.16): Serena has moved back into the Top 20 following her run to the final of the US Open, in which she defeated Anastasija Savastova, Karolina Pliskova and sister Venus among others.

Lesia Tsurenko (+10, No.36 to No.26): Tsurenko has hit a career-high ranking of WTA World No.26 following a run to the quarterfinals of the US Open – the first time she has managed to progress so deep into a major. Caroline Wozniacki was one of her victims in New York.

Dominika Cibulkova (+6, No.35 to No.29): Reached the fourth round in New York, defeating Kerber along the way, before finally succumbing to Madison Keys.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (+3, No.33 to No.30): The Belarusian has broken into the Top 30 for the first time after a run in the US Open that saw her reach the third round. 

Petra Martic (+9, No.47 to No.38): Knocked out in the first round of the US Open, the Croat took the chance to play in Chicago, where she claimed the title with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Mona Barthel.


Wang Qiang (+8, No.52 to No.44): Defeated No.32 seed Magdalena Rybarikova in New York before falling in the third round to Elina Svitolina.

Kristina Mladenovic (+5, No.53 to No.48): Although Mladenovic was knocked out in three sets by Carla Suárez Navarro in the second round of the US Open, she has jumped back into the Top 50.

Monica Puig (+5, No.55 to No.50): Edged out by Caroline Garcia in the second round of the US Open, but the Puero Rica is back in the Top 50 thanks to her previous win over Stefanie Voegle. 

Victoria Azarenka (+18, No.79 to No.61): The Belarusian is knocking on the door to the Top 50 again after eliminating No.25 seed Daria Gavrilova en route to the third round at the US Open. 

Taylor Townsend (+10, No.73 to No.63): Pushed Jelena Ostapenko hard before falling in the second round at Flushing Meadows, though still enjoys a healthy push up the ranking after beating Amanda Anisomova. 

Marketa Vondousova (+32, No.103 to No.71): Made it to the second week of the US Open, with No.13 seed Kiki Bertens among the players she beat as she reached the fourth round.

Carina Witthoeft (+9, No.101 to No.92): Back in the Top 100 off the back of a victory over Caroline Dolehide at the US Open. Beaten by Serena Williams in the second round in New York.

Mona Barthel (+17, No.111 to No.94): Enjoyed a run to the final in Chicago before being defeated by Petra Martic. No.3 seed Zarina Diyas was one of the players she beat.


Eugenie Bouchard (+26, No.137 to No.111): The 24-year-old has enjoyed a healthy leap after reaching the second round of the US Open, although she was beaten in the first round in Chicago.

Anhelina Kalinina (+21, No.134 to No. 113): At new career-high ranking after coming through US Open qualifying then pushing Sloane Stephens all the way in round two.

Julia Glushko (+35, No.162 to No.127): The 28-year-old qualified for the US Open then reached the second round, where she was beaten by eventual champion Naomi Osaka.

Jil Teichmann (+32, No.168 to No.136): The Swiss is nearing her career-high ranking of 132 after reaching the second round in New York, where she was beaten by Kaia Kanepi.

Karolina Muchova (+59, No. 202 to No.143): Has charged into the Top 150 after a run to the last 32 at the US Open. No.12 seed Garbiñe Muguruza was her most notable victim.

Iga Swiatek (+118, No.298 to No. 180): The 17-year-old Pole won an ITF event in Monteaux, Switzerland to virtually half her ranking. Along the way, she beat top seed Mariana Duque-Mariño.

Tereza Mrdeza (+47, No.232 to No.185): Seeded No.8, the Croat won an ITF event in Zagreb to make healthy progress into the Top 200.

Ayano Shimizu (+29, No.219 to No.190): Victory in an ITF even in Nanao saw the 20-year-old Japanese climb to a new high career ranking. 

Kaja Juvan (+51, No.242 to No.191): Into the Top 200 after reaching the quarterfinals in Zagreb. 

Françoise Abanda (+15, No.211 to No.196): Beaten by Tatjana Maria in the quarterfinals in Chicago, the Canadian 21-year-old has reached a new career-high ranking.