ATP Rankings: Japan's Osaka Retains Top Spot, Kvitova Up To Third

Feb 25 - by AFP for SportPesa News

21-year-old Belinda Bencic climbed 22 places to 23rd after claiming her first title since Toronto in 2015.

Naomi Osaka (L) of Japan poses for a photo with her trophy after winning Australian Open 2019 Women's Singles final match against Petra Kvitova (R) of Czech Republic in Melbourne, Australia on January 26, 2019. PHOTO/GettyImages

  • Petra Kvitova moved back into the top three of the WTA rankings on Monday after reaching the final of the Dubai Championships, while Naomi Osaka retained the world number one spot
  • Czech Kvitova, who was ranked second after last month's Australian Open final defeat by Osaka, reached her third final of the year before losing to Belinda Bencic on Saturday

PARIS, France- Petra Kvitova moved back into the top three of the WTA rankings on Monday after reaching the final of the Dubai Championships, while Naomi Osaka retained the world number one spot.

Czech Kvitova, who was ranked second after last month's Australian Open final defeat by Osaka, reached her third final of the year before losing to Belinda Bencic on Saturday.

Japan's Osaka remains at the rankings summit despite her shock exit to Kristina Mladenovic in her first match since winning in Melbourne.

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The 21-year-old Bencic climbed 22 places to 23rd after claiming her first title since Toronto in 2015.

WTA top 20

1. Naomi Osaka (JPN)              6,871 pts

2. Simona Halep (ROM)             5,727

3. Petra Kvitova (CZE)            5,605 (+1)

4. Sloane Stephens (USA)          5,307 (-1)

5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)        5,145

6. Elina Svitolina (UKR)          4,900

7. Kiki Bertens (NED)             4,885 (+1)

8. Angelique Kerber (GER)         4,880 (-1)

9. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)          3,565

10. Serena Williams (USA)         3,406

11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)    3,325

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12. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)          3,285

13. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)      3,117 (+1)

14. Darya Kasatkina (RUS)         2,985 (-1)

15. Julia Goerges (GER)           2,780

16. Elise Mertens (BEL)           2,745

17. Madison Keys (USA)            2,726

18. Wang Qiang (CHN)              2,580

19. Caroline Garcia (FRA)         2,460 (+1)

20. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)        2,430 (-1)

Selected:

23. Belinda Bencic (SUI)          2,065 (+22)