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Latest WTA Rankings 8 October 2018 - Caroline Wozniacki consolidates No. 2 ranking with Beijing title triumph

  • Latest WTA rankings
  • Wozniacki cements No. 2 status with China Open victory
  • Sevastova up eight spots to No. 12
Caroline Wozniacki (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Caroline Wozniacki has cemented her status as the clear World No. 2 after winning her third title of the season at the Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing on Sunday night.

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Wozniacki hasn’t been operating at the peak of her powers since capturing her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, but the Dane recaptured some of her best tennis this week in the Chinese capital, surging to the title without dropping a set across five matches, including a clinical 6-3 6-3 victory over Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the final.

The win secured Wozniacki a 30th career title, with 22 of those coming on hardcourts - including her maiden Beijing crown back in 2010, a victory which propelled her to World No. 1 for the first time.

"Last time was different. I was 20 years old. I became No. 1 in the world here for the first time. They didn't have this stadium yet. It was the other stadium that I played on. A lot has happened since then," Wozniacki reflected after the match.
"I think I just really appreciate still being here, playing well, being able to win these titles. It really means a lot to me.
"I didn't feel great going into the tournament, to be honest. I think after the second match I started feeling like I was hitting the ball well and I could see the ball really well. By the third match, I thought I played really great tennis. Then I started believing that, you know, I'm really hitting my form, playing myself into shape."

Now with a Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory title under her belt in 2018, Wozniacki will set her sights on defending the elite season-ending WTA Finals Singapore later this month. The 28-year-old remains No. 2 in the world, 1,000 points adrift of No. 1 Simona Halep - who lost 640 points as she retired with a back injury in the first round of Beijing - and 1,000 points ahead of No. 3 Angelique Kerber.

Caroline Wozniacki and Anastasija Sevastova (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Sevastova has climbed eight spots in the latest WTA rankings to a career-high mark of No. 12 following her first appearance in a Premier Mandatory final. The Latvian also made her first Grand Slam semi-final at the U.S. Open last month.

U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka rises two more spots to a career-high No. 4 after reaching the Beijing semi-finals, while fellow 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka continues her charge towards the top 10, with the Wuhan champion moving up another five rungs on the rankings ladder to No. 11 following her run to the China Open quarter-finals. It was also another big week for Chinese star Wang Qiang, with the 26-year-old rising to No. 24 following her run to the semi-finals.

Defending champion Caroline Garcia drops down eight places to No. 16 as she was knocked out in the Round of 16, while former French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko also slides down five spots to No. 18.  

The WTA Tour rolls on this week, with tournaments taking place in Hong Kong, Tianjin and Linz as players attempt to wrap up a ticket to the WTA Finals Singapore.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday October 8


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


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Latest WTA Rankings 8 October 2018 - Caroline Wozniacki consolidates No. 2 ranking with Beijing title triumph

Caroline Wozniacki has cemented her status as the clear World No. 2 after winning her third title of the season at the Premier Mandatory China Open in Beijing on Sunday night.

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