Naomi Osaka’s impressive form continued at the China Open as she picked up the title and consequently moved back into the Top 3 of the WTA Rankings.
The No.4 seed overcame WTA World No.1 Ashleigh Barty, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in Beijing to pick up the crown, building on the success she enjoyed in her previous tournament in Osaka, Japan.
Having fallen out of the Top 3 for the first time since January at the beginning of September, she has made a rapid return to the very pinnacle of the sport following a run in China that saw her snap Bianca Andreescu’s impressive winning streak and end the dominance that Caroline Wozniacki had enjoyed in Beijing.
Elsewhere, Alison Riske enjoyed a milestone achievement as she broke into the Top 20 of the Rankings for the first time aged 29. The American was stopped by Osaka in the second round at the China Open but her victory over Ajla Tomljanovic in the first round of the event was enough to see her rise four spots into a new career-best position.
Sofia Kenin (+1, No.16 to No.15): A new best ranking for the young American, who had a successful week in Beijing, reaching the third round of the singles and winning the doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Daria Kasatkina (+6, No.45 to No.39): Seeking to end a difficult year in a positive fashion and impressed as she reached the quarterfinals of Beijing before losing to Wozniacki.
Venus Williams (+8, No.59 to No.51): Won a three-set thriller against Barbora Strycova at the China Open before falling to No.9 seed Belinda Bencic after winning the opening set.
Jennifer Brady (+10, No.66 to No.56): Qualified for the main draw of the China Open before overcoming Amanda Anisimova and Madison Keys in successive three-set matches. Bianca Andreescu proved a bridge too far, but a fine week, nevertheless.
Andrea Petkovic (+7, No.82 to No.75): Another Beijing qualifier, the German beat Marie Bouzkova to reach the main draw, where she negotiated Jil Teichmann before falling to Osaka.
Christina McHale (+9, No.90 to No.81): Fell to Wozniacki in Beijing after qualifying impressively then defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova in the first round.
Peng Shuai (+6, No.102 to No.96): Back in the Top 100 for the first time since September 2018. She lost to Daria Kasatkina in the first round in Beijing.