Raducanu nosedives in WTA rankings, Gauff enters Top 10

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Following her first-round exit at the 2022 US Open, last year’s champion Emma Raducanu has dropped 72 spots in the WTA rankings, while American teenager Coco Gauff is making her Top 10 debut after reaching the quarterfinals.

Emma Raducanu

Emma Raducanu absolutely unexpectedly won the US Open last year. The teenager has since been overwhelmingly hyped up and it’s been clear for a long time that after New York her lack of consistently good results would finally show up in her rankings.

It felt as a glitch in the system when Raducanu entered the Top 10 after Wimbledon, and now that she’s down to No.83, her position finally reflects her recent performance. Ever since triumphing at Flushing Meadows in 2021, Raducanu has not won more than two consecutive matches.

Last year’s US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez has also fallen, although not as dramatically — the Canadian is down 26 spots to No.40 after her second-round exit in New York.

Meanwhile, Coco Gauff continues her steady ascent towards tennis glory. After reaching the French Open final this year and now the quarterfinals at the US Open, the American teenager is celebrating a Top 10 debut. At 18 years and 183 days old, Gauff is the youngest woman to achieve the feat since 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic in 2006.

This is Gauff’s second ranking milestone this season. In August, she become the second-youngest player in history to reach the WTA No.1 in doubles ranking.

American tennis also celebrates the rise of Jessica Pegula to a career-high ranking of No.5. The 28-year-old reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals this season.

Newly-crowned US Open champion Iga Swiatek has further solidified her number one position. With 10,365 ranking points, the Pole is miles ahead of competition. After her runner-up finish at the US Open, Ons Jabeur has returned to a career-high No.2, but she has less than half as much points as the top-ranked Swiatek.

Following her quarterfinal finish at the US Open, Ajla Tomljanovic is up 12 spots to No.34, the Australian’s best ranking so far. The biggest rise in the Top 100 is that of Germany’s Jule Niemeier, who climbed 35 positions to No.73 after following up her Wimbledon quarterfinal finish with a fourth round at the US Open.

 

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