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Naomi Osaka to Make Huge Jumps in the WTA Rankings After US Open 2020

Naomi Osaka to Make Huge Jumps in the WTA Rankings After US Open 2020

Former World No.1 Naomi Osaka will play the US Open 2020 final against Victoria Azarenka today. Given her strong run since the restart, Osaka will once again enter the top 5 of the WTA rankings, having dropped out of the elite group in January.

Naomi Osaka at the US Open 2020
Naomi Osaka returns the ball at the 2020 U.S. Open Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Naomi Osaka will be 3rd in the WTA rankings if she wins US Open 2020

Osaka was knocked out of the 2019 US Open in the 4th round. This time though she has bettered that result by reaching the final, with a good chance of winning it. Osaka currently has 4020 ranking points and sits in 9th place. If she loses the final she will add 1060 points, taking her tally to 5080. That will put her in 4th place. Winning the final though would give her 1760 points, which raises her points to 5780, and that will put her in 3rd.

At the start of 2020, Osaka was in the top 5 but as she failed to defend her Australian Open crown. That put the Japanese straight down to 10th, or on the cusp of bowing out of the top 10. 

Since the season restart in August, in the Western & Southern Open and the US Open, Osaka has greatly improved upon her bad run in 2019. She has grabbed the opportunity to gain some good points and could very well repeat her 2018 showing in Flushing Meadows. Of course, the withdrawal of many top 15 players has helped. 

Naomi Osaka with her runner-up trophy at the Western & Southern Open 2020
Naomi Osaka with her 2nd place trophy in the Western & Southern Open Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After the US Open, the tour moves to Europe for the short clay-court season. The Italian Open followed by the French Open will happen in succession to the US Open. Osaka has opted to miss the Italian Open but will play the French Open.

Osaka has a chance to gain a mountain of points if she reaches the latter stages of the French Open. The Japanese player won’t be able to reach the No.1 ranking but can challenge the No.2 ranking.

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