Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka Unlikely to Remain in Top 20 Ahead of US Open 2021

Published 08/03/2021, 1:50 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. during her first round match against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


The 2021 tennis season has already witnessed three Grand Slams. It is coming towards its end now and fans are pretty excited to know who will end the year as the World No.1 player. In the women’s domain, while there is some really good news for Barbora Krejcikova and Coco Gauff, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will have to fight extremely hard to be in the top 20 rankings.

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A recent stat just pinpointed the names of the players who have the maximum percentage of points to defend until the end of the 2021 tennis season. Interestingly, World No.5 Bianca Andreescu and Elina Svitolina are two of the top three in the list as they have to defend  82% and 69% points respectively.

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This means that they will have to win almost every tournament in order to stay high in the WTA rankings. Any losses from here will lead to dropping of points that will ultimately lower them down in the rankings.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021. Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka reacts during her first round match against Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Similar conditions exist for Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams as they also have to defend about 73% and 58% points respectively. Thus, Serena might even get out of the top 20 rankings if she fails to reach the semis of the US Open 2021.

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While Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are under threat, there is some positive news for Coco Gauff and Barbora Krejcikova

Barbora Krejcikova shocked the world after lifting her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open 2021. She is currently No.11 in the rankings and can even finish the year within the top 5 players if she succeeds at the US Open 2021. Intriguingly, she just has 4% points to defend in the remaining season.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 12, 2021 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Just like her, 17-year-old prodigy Coco Gauff can also climb up a few places in the rankings. Currently placed 25 in the rankings, she has the chance of entering the top 20 list as she just has to defend 22% points now.

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It won’t be a surprise if there is a big change in the WTA rankings by the end of the year. Will anyone be able to dethrone Ashleigh Barty this season?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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