South African tennis ace, Kevin Anderson, has moved up one place to number five on the ATP world rankings. After the conclusion of the year’s first grand slam tournament, the Australian Open in Melbourne, Anderson is now one place ahead of Swiss legend, Roger Federer. Women’s singles champion, Japan’s Naomi Osaka, is from today officially the WTA’s new world number one.
Osaka did not only capture the Australian Open crown and the hearts of millions of tennis fans on Saturday, she also replaced Romania’s Simona Halep at the top of the women’s world rankings.
Her opponent in the final, Czech, Petra Kvitova, moved up four places to number two. Halep is now ranked third in the world.
Naomi Osaka claims her 2nd major title (2018 US Open) and becomes the 6th woman in the Open Era to win her first 2 major titles consecutively.
With the win, Osaka becomes the first Asian player to reach World No. 1 in the WTA or ATP Rankings. pic.twitter.com/HslxNwloeN
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2018 champion, Caroline Wozniacki, was the biggest loser in the women’s top 10. The Dane moved down six places from number three to number nine.
Despite being knocked out in the second round, Anderson moved up one spot to world number five. He is just ahead of 2018 champion, Federer, who has to settle for sixth place, down from number three.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia is still the best player in the world following his demolition of Spain’s Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final with Nadal holding steady at number two.
In the men’s doubles, South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his partner, Michael Venus of New Zealand remain at number six. The pair reached the quarter-finals of the event.
The year’s second grand slam is the French Open and starts on the 26th of May in Paris.
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