New Delhi: Naomi Osaka rose one rank to second in the latest women's WTA rankings disclosed after the Australian Open. The 23-year-old Japanese won her fourth Grand Slam title by defeating Serena Williams and second at the Rod Laver Arena.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty remains the world No. 1 despite losing in the last eight to Karolina Muchova. In the men's category, Russian Daniil Medvedev who lost to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, has reached third on the ATP list.
Jennifer Brady, the 25-year-old American who was the runner-up to Osaka, jumped 11 spots to No. 13, her first time inside the Top 20.
Meanwhile, Djokovic is set to surpass Roger Federer's record of 310 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Djokovic won a record-extending ninth Australian Open title on Sunday, thus coming to within two of Federer and Rafael Nadal's record of 20 Grand Slam titles.
Serena Williams climbed four spots from No. 11 to No. 7 to get back into the Top 10 after making it to the semifinals in Australia a year after losing in the third round there.
She was beaten by Osaka, whose 6-4, 6-3 victory over Brady in the final on Saturday gave her a fourth major championship, all on hard courts: the 2018 and 2010 U.S. Opens, and the 2019 and 2021 Australian Opens.
Top 10 WTA rankings as of February 22:
1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 9186 pts
2. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 7835 (+1)
3. Simona Halep (ROM) 7255 (-1)
4. Sofia Kenin (USA) 5760
5. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5370
6. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5205
7. Serena Williams (USA) 4915 (+4)
8. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 4810 (-1)
9. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 4735
10. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4571 (-2)