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Latest WTA rankings 12 August 2019 – Osaka back to world no. 1, Andreescu into top 20 after Toronto triumph

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 12 Aug 2019
  • Latest WTA Tour rankings for Monday 12 August 2019
  • Naomi Osaka replaces Ashleigh Barty as world no. 1
  • Bianca Andreescu rises to world no. 14 after Rogers Cup triumph
Naomi Osaka returns to world no. 1 this week (PA Sports)

Naomi Osaka returns to world no. 1 while Toronto champion Bianca Andreescu breaks into the top 20 for the first time in the latest WTA rankings.

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The official WTA Tour rankings for Monday 12 August 2019 have been released and see big changes in the top echelons after the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Naomi Osaka replaces Ashleigh Barty as world no. 1 after Barty lost to Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Premier-5 event in Canada. Barty’s early defeat gave Osaka and Karolina Pliskova the chance to replace Barty as the world no. 1, but Pliskova would have needed to reach the final to do so and she was defeated in the quarterfinals by eventual champion Bianca Andreescu.

Osaka also lost in the quarterfinals to Serena Williams, but that was a good enough result to see her displace Barty as world no. 1. The Japanese-Haitian player was ranked world no. 1 for 21 weeks earlier this year after winning the Australian Open.

Bianca Andreescu with the Rogers Cup trophy (PA Sports)
However, Osaka has still not secured the top seeding at the US Open, where she will be attempting to defend her title. That will be determined by results this week at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, where the entire WTA Tour top 10 will be playing.

Both Barty and Pliskova have a chance of overtaking Osaka as world no. 1 and thus securing the top seed at the US Open, but both women need to make the semifinals at minimum to keep that chance alive. If Osaka reaches the third round, Barty or Pliskova would need to reach the final, and if she makes the quarterfinals, they would need to win the title.

The change at the top wasn’t the only alteration in the top 10, however, as Serena Williams rose to world no. 8 from world no. 10 after her run to the Rogers Cup final, swapping places with Sloane Stephens, the previous year’s finalist.


Rogers Cup champion Bianca Andreescu, who beat three top-10 players (including Williams by retirement in the final) to become the first Canadian to claim the title in 50 years, leapt up 13 places in the rankings to world no. 14, breaking into the top 20 for the first time. The Toronto and Indian Wells champion has only played eight WTA events in 2019 but has reached the final at least at four of them.

Sofia Kenin also continued her progress up the rankings after she backed up her win over Barty by reaching the semifinals of the Rogers Cup, rising seven places to world no. 22.

The fourth woman to reach the Rogers Cup semifinals also took a big leap up the rankings. Marie Bouzkova had only recently broken into the top 100 for the first time, but produced a superb run to qualify for the main draw in Toronto before claiming her first win over a top-10 opponent and going on to make the final four. She was defeated by Serena Williams, but not before claiming a set, and has risen 38 places in the rankings to world no. 53.

The news was less positive for Maria Sharapova, who slid 16 spots to world no. 97 after a first-round defeat to Anett Kontaveit in what was just Sharapova’s fourth match since undergoing shoulder surgery in February. Sharapova is defending fourth-round points at the US Open.

WTA top 20 according to the latest rankings, Monday 12 August:

1. Naomi Osaka (+1)
2. Ashleigh Barty (-1)
3. Karolina Pliskova
4. Simona Halep
5. Kiki Bertens
6. Petra Kvitova
7. Elina Svitolina
8. Serena Williams (+2)
9. Aryna Sabalenla
10. Sloane Stephens (-2)
11. Anastasija Sevastova
12. Belinda Bencic
13. Angelique Kerber
14. Bianca Andreescu (+13)
15. Johanna Konta (-1)
16. Marketa Vondrousova (-1)
17. Wang Qiang (-1)
18. Madison Keys (-1)
19. Caroline Wozniacki (-1)
20. Anett Kontaveit (-1)


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Latest WTA rankings 12 August 2019 – Osaka back to world no. 1, Andreescu into top 20 after Toronto triumph

Naomi Osaka is once again the world no. 1 but the top seeding at the US Open is still to be decided, while Rogers Cup champion Bianca Andreescu breaks into the top 20 for the first time in the latest WTA Tour rankings from Monday 12 August 2019

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