Aryna Sabalenka to Jump Past Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina to Make Top 5 Debut After Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/07/2021, 6:34 AM CDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 6, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her semi final match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Sergio Perez


Aryna Sabalenka can now look up proudly as she will make her WTA Top 5 debut after the conclusion of Mutua Madrid Open 2021. Sabalenka will play the final against World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and irrespective of the result in the crucial match, the Belarusian will move into the top five.

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Before the Madrid Open, Sabalenka was ranked 7th with 5205 points. Above her was Bianca Andreescu in 6th, Elina Svitolina in 5th, and Sofia Kenin in 4th. And now, as she has reached the finals, Sabalenka will add at least 640 to her ranking points. If Sabalenka is the runner-up in Madrid, her total becomes 5845. That is enough for her to go past Svitolina who has 5835 and Andreescu who has 5265 points.

Aryna Sabalenka celebrates winning her semi-final match against Romania’s Simona Halep Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

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If Sabalenka manages to beat Ash Barty in the finals, then she could go above Kenin in fourth. The American has 5915 and will lose ten points from 2019. Sabalenka, on the other hand, would add 990 points if she is the winner, which would propel her to 6195 points and let her take the fourth spot in the rankings.

Sabalenka’s rivals, Svitolina, Andreescu, and Kenin, either didn’t play in Madrid or didn’t perform well. The North American duo of Kenin and Andreescu didn’t play in Madrid whereas Svitolina was ousted in the first round itself.

Aryna Sabalenka in action during her quarter final match against Belgium’s Elise Mertens REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Sabalenka is already at her highest career ranking at 7th. Just in November 2020, she made her top 10 debut and now has quickly jumped the ladder to soon make her top 5 debut. She won three titles in 2020, which helped her earn the 10th spot in the rankings.

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In 2021, she has one title and lost the Stuttgart Final a couple of weeks ago against Barty. If Sabalenka upstages the Australian in Madrid, it will be a huge boost and potentially push her as a candidate for the French Open 2021 title.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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