Despite her defeat in the final of the US Open this weekend, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka took the top spot in the WTA rankings for the first time in her career on Monday, ending the long dominance of Poland's Iga Swiatek. It had been almost a year and a half, since April 4, 2022, that Swiatek, 22, had dominated the circuit, or 75 consecutive weeks. This is the third longest reign in the history of women's tennis, after those of Germany's Steffi Graff (186 weeks) and Switzerland's Martina Hingis (80).
Aryna Sabalenka, 25, becomes world No.1 for the first time after having occupied second place since January 30. A new status which will console the Belarusian a little, beaten on Saturday at Flushing Meadows by the American Coco Gauff (2-6, 6-3, 6-2), who for her part reached the best ranking of her young career by climbing on the podium (3rd).
By winning her first Grand Slam title at the age of 19, Gauff indeed gained three places, and thus exceeded the 4th place she had occupied last October. At the end of the US Open, several other movements are recorded within the Top 10. The American Jessica Pegula, eliminated in the round of 16, lost two places (5th), as did the Tunisian Ons Jabeur (7th). The Greek Maria Sakkari takes 9th place (-1) while the French Caroline Garcia, eliminated from entering New York, continues her slide - she is now 10th (-3) just ahead of another American, Madison Keys (6) , came very close to the final in New York. The Czech Marketa Vondrousova, quarter-finalist, climbs three places, to sixth place.
1. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 9266 ( 1)2. Iga Swiatek (POL) 8195 (-1)3. Coco Gauff (USA) 6165 ( 3)4. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 57905. Jessica Pegula (USA) 5755 (-2)6. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 3830 ( 3)7. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 3771 (-2)8. Karolina Muchova (CZE) 3765 ( 2)9. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 3525 (-1)10. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 3050 (-3)