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Latest WTA Rankings 4 March 2019: Osaka leads the rankings as top-20 remains unchanged, while Kenin, Wang and Andreescu reach new career-highs after strong Acapulco runs

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  • Naomi Osaka continues to lead the WTA rankings, with the top-20 unchanged from the previous week
  • Acapulco champion, Yafan Wang breaks into the top 50, while young guns, Bianca Andreescu and Sofia Kenin reach new career-high marks
Rising star, Bianca Andreescu is into the top 60. (Photo by DAVID ROWLAND/AFP/Getty Images)

The WTA’s top 20 remains unchanged after a quiet week in for the top stars, but there are significant movements further down the WTA ladder.

World No. 4 Sloane Stephens was the only member of the top 20 in tour-level action last week, but she missed the chance to gain ground on the players above her as she crashed to a shock second round defeat to Brazilian, Beatriz Haddad Maia. (World No. 18, Qiang Wang competed at the WTA 125K meet at Indian Wells, and made the semi-finals, but that wasn’t enough to move her from her current position).

Wang’s compatriot, Yafan Wang, produced the best week of her career, as she claimed her first tour-level title in Acapulco. The 24-year-old got through Maria Bouzkova, Monica Puig, Haddad Maia, Donna Vekic and Sofia Kenin in an excellent campaign. Wang has broken into the top 50 for the first tie, checking in at No. 49 in Monday’s WTA rankings. Her Acapulco form is a continuation of what she had already offered in previous weeks, as she made the semifinals in Shenzhen, and then the quarter finals in Hua Hin.

Wang’s Acapulco title came at the expense of American, Sofia Kenin, who was denied a second career title in a 2-6 6-3 7-5 defeat. Kenin had benefited from back-to-back retirements from Rebecca Paterson and Katie Boulter in the opening two rounds, but she then recorded two fantastic three-set wins over Victoria Azarenka and Andreescu to make the final. It was her second final of the season, as she had also made the final in Hobart earlier. Kenin moves two places to No. 33 in Monday’s rankings.

Fellow young gun, Andreescu is also on the move, with the 18-year-old jumping 11 spots to 60th in the world. The Canadian was ranked outside the top-100 at the start of the year, but an impressive run of results, including a runner-up finish in Auckland (where she beat Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams), a title-run at the WTA 125K event at Newport Beach, and a semi-final in Acapulco last week, has vaulted her into the top 60.

Other notable movers within the top 100 include Viktorija Golubic, who gained 21 positions to 82nd after winning the WTA 125K tournament at Indian Wells, while Jennifer Brady, who lost to Golubic in that final, climbed 11 spots to 83rd.

There’s bound to be more activity in the rankings over the next month, with back-to-back Premier Mandatory tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami set to take centre stage.

The WTA Indian Wells Open is live from Indian Wells from 7-17 March.

Latest WTA Rankings, March 4

1. Naomi Osaka
2. Simona Halep
3. Petra Kvitova 
4. Sloane Stephens
5. Karolina Pliskova
6. Elina Svitolina
7. Kiki Bertens
8. Angelique Kerber
9. Aryna Sabalenka
10. Serena Williams
11. Anastasija Sevastova
12. Ashleigh Barty
13. Caroline Wozniacki
14. Daria Kasatkina
15. Julia Goerges
16. Elise Mertens
17. Madison Keys
18. Qiang Wang
19. Caroline Garcia
20. Garbine Muguruza

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Latest WTA Rankings 4 March 2019: Osaka leads the rankings as top-20 remains unchanged, while Kenin, Wang and Andreescu reach new career-highs after strong Acapulco runs

The WTA's top-20 remains unchanged this week, but there are new career-high rankings for Acapulco champion, Yafan Wang, and young guns, Sofia Kenin and Bianca Andreescu.

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