Iga Świątek remains the leader of the WTA ranking

It was close… Leading one set to love and 4-3 (40-30) in her semi-final against Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka was precisely 5 points away from overtaking Iga Świątek as world number 1. 

Indeed, a qualification for the final in London – no matter its outcome – would have been sufficient for the Belorussian to take the lead in the ranking for the first time, given Świątek’s elimination in the quarter-finals. But before her, Ons Jabeur fought back and completed a remarkable comeback. The Tunisian validated her ticket to the final at the All England’s Lawn. 

As mentioned above, the outcome of this confrontation turned out to have important consequences for the WTA ranking, where Poland’s Iga Świątek continues to reign. On Monday, Iga will still be 470 points ahead of her Belorussian rival in the charts.  

The young Varsovian played a good tournament in London. Troubles started in the fourth round, where she was pushed to her limits by the Swiss Belinda Bencic. The 22-year-old managed to win that match heroically after having saved two match points. In the quarter-finals, Iga was stopped by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in three sets (7-5, 6-7, 6-2). 


This defeat jeopardised her leader’s position in the ranking, but, as it turned out, Sabalenka was not able to take her chance, at least for now. In other words, despite the fact that Świątek advance is rapidly melting, the Pole is now closer than ever to entering the prestigious top 10 female tennis players with the most weeks on the throne of world number 1. 

Given the fact that on Monday, 17 July, Iga starts her 68th consecutive week as number 1, she is already mathematically assured of at least equalling Caroline Wozniacki’s 71 weeks on the throne by mid-August. 


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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen


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