Serena Williams Breaks Back into WTA’s Top-10 and Naomi Osaka Climbs Up the Ladder Post Australian Open 2021 Success

Published 02/20/2021, 7:11 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 18, 2021 Japan’s Naomi Osaka with Serena Williams of the U.S. after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Kelly Defina


Naomi Osaka recently became the champion of the Australian Open 2021. The Japanese star defeated Jennifer Brady in the finals of the Grand Slam and won her 4th major.

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With this, she has also managed to go higher in the WTA rankings. Interestingly, there is also positive news for Serena Williams who lost to Osaka in the semis of the tournament.

The WTA rankings are out after the Australian Open 2021, and there is a new entry on the list. The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams broke into the Top-10 players after her phenomenal performance at the Grand Slam.

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She ended at the 11th position last year but climbed four spots in the recent rankings. She is now at the 7th position.

Serena Williams of the U.S. reacts during her quarterfinal match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Although Naomi Osaka thrashed Williams in the semis, Serena played some exceptional and aggressive tennis overall in Melbourne.

She ended the winning-streak of Aryna Sabalenka and also defeated 2-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the quarters.

It is this brilliant gameplay that helped Williams get back on the list of Top-10 players. Behind her are Aryna Sabalenka, Bianca Andreescu, and Petra Kvitova at the 8th, 9th, and 10th positions respectively.

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Naomi Osaka climbs along with Serena Williams and is the new World No.2 player

With her win at the Australian Open 2021, Osaka has replaced Simona Halep as the World No.2 player. Halep is now at the third position in the rankings after losing to Serena at the Grand Slam.

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Although Ashleigh Barty failed to reach the semis of the tournament, she is still ahead of Osaka and is the World No.1 player. The fourth, fifth, and sixth positions remain unchanged, and Sofia Kenin, Elina Svitolina, and Karolina Pliskova still occupy those places.

Tennis – Australian Open – Women’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 20, 2021, Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning her final match against Jennifer Brady of the U.S. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

While the new rankings bring joy and happiness to some players, they are also a sign of worry for some other players. Whatever be the case, the rankings surely prove that Serena Williams is not over yet and still has a lot of tennis left in her. Will Serena be able to win her 24th Grand Slam title in 2021?

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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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