Aryna Sabalenka Rises to World Number 2

Aryna Sabalenka Rises to World Number 2
Aryna Sabalenka in action during the second round of the 2021 Western & Southern Open WTA 1000 tennis tournament against Paula Badosa

Australian Open Champion Aryna Sabalenka rose to Number 2 in the WTA world rankings after winning the title at Melbourne Park and defeating Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

She rose three places to reach her highest ranking since August 2021. She overtook Ons Jabeur who is now at Number 3. She is followed by Jessica Pegula in 4 and Caroline Garcia in 5th.

After her win, Sabalenka thanked her team.

“Thanks to my team, the craziest team on tour. We went through a lot of lows last year but we worked so hard,” Sabalenka said at the trophy presentation.

“You deserve this trophy more than me.”

Runner-up Rybakina has broken into the Top 10 for the first time in her career.

This is the first time shes risen this high in the rankings as her Wimbledon win did not come with any ranking points after the WTA stripped the Grand Slam of its ranking points after the All-England Club decide that they wont allow players from Russia and Belarus to play.

Swiatek, on the other hand, securely holds on to the Number 1 spot for now.

The Top 20 WTA Rankings are as follows:

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL) 10485
  2. Aryna Sabalenka 6100 (+3)
  3. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 5210 (-1)
  4. Jessica Pegula (USA) 5000 (-1)
  5. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 4645 (-1)
  6. Coco Gauff (USA) 3992 (+1)
  7. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 3811 (-1)
  8. Daria Kasatkina 3380
  9. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2905 (+1)
  10. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 2815 (+15)
  11. Veronika Kudermetova 2740 (-2)
  12. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 2340(+5)
  13. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2281 (+2)
  14. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 2195
  15. Simona Halep (ROM) 2141 (-3)
  16. Victoria Azarenka 2138 (+8)
  17. Ekaterina Alexandrova 2030 (+1)
  18. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 1909 (+1)
  19. Liudmila Samsonova 1905 (+1)
  20. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 1880(+11)
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