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Latest WTA Tour rankings Monday 1 April 2019: Miami Champion, Barty cracks the top 10, Pliskova returns to the top 4 as Osaka hangs on to No. 1

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  • Latest WTA Tour rankings for Monday 1 April 2019
  • Ashleigh Barty into top ten after Indian Wells victory
  • Karolina Pliskova back in the top four
Ashleigh Barty

Miami Open champion, Ashleigh Barty breaks into the top ten for the first time in her career in this week’s rankings, while Karolina Pliskova rises to No. 4. Australian Open champion, Naomi Osaka retains top spot.

Barty produced arguably the best tournament of her career in Miami, taking down three top-ten players, Kiki Bertens, Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova to claim her maiden Premier Mandatory title- the biggest title of her career- and break into the top ten.

It’s the latest step in the Australian’s impressive rise, and it comes just three years after she ended an 18-month hiatus from the sport. Aged just 18, Barty walked away from the pressures of professional tennis in 2014, but she returned refreshed in 2016, and has been on the rise since then. She surged into the top 20 in 2017, consolidated her position in 2018, and has now made another telling move in the opening three months of the season. Barty has now claimed four career title since the start of 2017.

Beaten finalist, Pliskova was seeking her second title of the season in Miami, and her first ever at Premier Mandatory level, but she fell just short, losing 7-6 6-3 to an inspired Barty in the final. Pliskova has been a very consistent performer this season- reaching at least the quarter finals in every tournament she has played, winning in Brisbane, making the semi-finals at the Australian Open, and now a final in Miami. She could have gone as high as No. 2 had she won the Miami title, but she instead checks in at No. 4, her highest ranking since she the first week of last season.

Naomi Osaka lost early in Miami (to Su-Wei Hsieh in the third round), putting her No. 1 ranking under threat, both no one in the chasing park could capitalize on Osaka’s Miami shortcoming, with Simona Halep, who lost to Pliskova in the semi-finals, falling one match short of usurping the Japanese on top of the rankings. Halep jumps one spot to No. 2, swapping positions with Petra Kvitova.

There was plenty of shuffling within the top ten, with Elina Svitolina and Sloane Stephens dropping two spots each to seventh and eighth respectively, Kiki Bertens gaining two positions to a new career-high ranking of sixth.

The one player to drop out of the top ten to make way for Barty’s arrival is Serena Williams, who slipped to 11th after pulling out of her Miami Open third round match against Qiang Wang.

Further down the line, Anett Kontaveit is up to a career-high ranking of 14th, moving up five places, while Miami quarter finalist, Marketa Vondrousova is the biggest mover in the top-100, climbing 16 spots to No. 43. Former world No. 1, Victoria Azarenka, suffered the sharpest drop in the top-100, tumbling 21 places to 67th. 

The WTA train stays in North America this week with tournament on the hard courts of Monterrey, and on the green clay of Charleston- the first tour-level clay-court event of the season. The Charleston field houses three top-ten players, with defending champion, Kiki Bertens leading the field that also includes former champion, Sloane Stephens and the hard-hitting Aryna Sabalenka, while Grand Slam champions, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza, who is the defending champion, are the headline names in Monterrey. 

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Latest WTA Tour rankings Monday 1 April 2019: Miami Champion, Barty cracks the top 10, Pliskova returns to the top 4 as Osaka hangs on to No. 1

Ashleigh Barty makes her top-ten debut in this week's rankings after claiming her biggest career title in Miami, while Miami beaten finalist, Karolina Pliskova returns to the top 4.

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