Despite a disappointing French Open, Naomi Osaka holds on to the No. 1 spot, because those behind her didn’t have a much better tournament than she did.
Even if it’s, on some levels, by default, the Japanese player remains at the top of the game.
And we’ll see what she can do on the grass.
Meanwhile, No. 8 seed Ashleigh Barty took full advantage of the decimation of the women’s field.
She was by far the highest-ranked player remaining when it got down to the final four. And despite some hiccups in the semifinals, the all-court Aussie showed why that is by winning her first major title – on clay.
With that, Barty rises to No. 2 in the world. And she’s only 136 points behind Osaka.
It’s a crazy sport, isn’t it?
ON THE UPSWING
Ashleigh Barty (AUS): No. 8 ===========> No. 2 (Barty made the third round a year ago at Wimbledon. But it was the only time she has even won a match there in singles. You have to think those days are over).
Elina Svitolina (UKR): No. 9 ===========> No. 7 (It wasn’t a great French Open for Svitolina. Still, she rises).
Belinda Bencic (SUI): No. 15 ===========> No. 13
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE): No. 38 ===========> No. 16 (A French Open final, and a big rise into the top 20 for the 19-year-old from the Czech Republic).
Johanna Konta (GBR): No. 26 ===========> No. 18 (A great end of the clay-court season get the Brit back into the top 20).
Donna Vekic (CRO): No. 24 ===========> No. 22
Amanda Anisimova (USA): No. 51 ===========> No. 26 (A big leap in the rankings for the 17-year-old, who will be seeded at Wimbledon).
Sofia Kenin (USA): No. 35 ===========> No. 30 (A career high for the 20-year-old American, whose French Open included an upset over Serena Williams).
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS): No. 68 ===========> No. 60 (The 22-year-old Russian doesn’t have a high profile, but she’s quietly winning her share of matches and is at a career high).
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP): No. 75 ===========> No. 64 (The grunting Spaniard, just 22, is at a career high after three years in which she finished up between No. 87 and No. 107 in the rankings).
Aleksandra Krunic (SRB): No. 76 ===========> No. 66
Iga Swiatek (POL): No. 104 ===========> No. 67 (The 18-year-old had been on the cusp at the majors. But with her effort in Paris she’s solidly into the top 70 now, at a career high).
Kaia Kanepi (EST): No. 88 ===========> No. 71
Anna Blinkova (RUS): No. 117 ===========> No. 89 (The 20-year-old reaches a career high after qualifying and making the third round in Paris. She upset Margarita Gasparyan and Caroline Garcia in tough three-setters).
Aliona Bolsova (ESP): No. 137 ===========> No. 90 (The multinational Spaniard breaks into the top 100 after a breakthrough effort from the qualifying at the French Open).
Lauren Davis (USA): No. 111 ===========> No. 99 (The American took advantage of the USTA wild card to make some moves in Paris. From a career high of No. 26 before the French Open two years ago, she dropped all the way to No. 262 in Oct. 2018 but has fought back).
Rebecca Marino (CAN): No. 145 ===========> No. 142
ON THE DOWNSWING
Simona Halep (ROU): No. 3 ===========> No. 8 (When you’re the defending champion at a Slam, and don’t back it up, this can happen to your ranking).
Serena Williams (USA): No. 10 ===========> No. 11 (What’s next for Serena? Who knows).
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): No. 19 ===========> No. 25 (After losing in the second round at Wimbledon a year ago, the Spaniard can make a move this year. Meanwhile, she’s out of the top 20 for the first time in exactly four years).
Caroline Garcia (FRA): No. 22 ===========> No. 28
Daria Kasatkina (RUS): No. 21 ===========> No. 29 (What a struggle it’s been for the 22-year-old Russian after such a quick rise).
Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU): No. 33 ===========> No. 40 (The 31-year-old Romanian has a lot of points to defend this summer).
Yulia Putintseva (KAZ): No. 28 ===========> No. 43
Daria Gavrilova (AUS): No. 61 ===========> No. 73 (Like her namesake and friend Kasatkina, the 25-year-old Aussie is really struggling this season).
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN): No. 77 ===========> No. 78
Pauline Parmentier (FRA): No. 66 ===========> No. 82
Maria Sharapova (RUS): No. 49 ===========> No. 86 (Sharapova has taken a wild card into the grass-court event in Mallorca next week, after a training block there. She’s been out since late January).
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS): No. 89 ===========> No. 108 (The WTA has been entering her in Slams, only for her to have to pull out. She’s been out since Dubai).
Taylor Townsend (USA): No. 98 ===========> No. 113
Shuai Peng (CHN): No. 135 ===========> No. 160 (The 33-year-old, a former doubles No. 1 and ranked a career-best No. 14 in singles back in 2011, lost in the first round of the qualifying in Paris.
The race to Shenzhen
Look who jumps to the top of that chart?