Polish Swiatek remains at the top of world tennis, Brazilian Maia with meteoric rise

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Miami (AFP) – The Polish Iga Swiatek remained at the top of the WTA women’s tennis, with the Spanish Badosa (4) and Muguruza (10) in the ‘top 10’, while the Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia continued her meteoric rise and placed in 29th place in the count.

After the retirement of Australian Ashley Barty in March, Swiatek rose and consolidated her position at number one in the standings, which she leads with 8,631 points, far behind Estonian Anett Kontaveit, who ranks second with 4,511. The Polish victory at Roland Garros, the Grand Slam that ended two weeks ago in France, confirmed her great moment.

On the ladder to number one, the Spanish Paula Badosa suffered a small stumble and fell from third to fourth place, while her compatriot Garbiñe Muguruza closes the ‘top 10’ in a week in which the Brazilian Haddad Maia took all the Headlines.

The South American won the Birmingham tournament on grass last weekend and is inside the ‘top 30’ for the first time in her career.

On Sunday, Maia beat China’s Zhang Shuai (41st) in the Birmingham final, who left when the Brazilian led 5-4.

In the semifinals, Maia had defeated former world number one Simona Halep (19th) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

The victory came just a week after winning the Nottingham tournament, also on grass.

In just one week, the 26-year-old player has won the only two WTA singles titles that have been on her record so far.

Before this tour on grass prior to Wimbledon (Grand Slam), Maia had only played one final of a WTA tournament, the one she lost in September 2017 in Seoul.

Another South American who stands out in the ‘top 100’ is the Colombian Camila Osorio who remained in 61st place.

– WTA Ranking as of Monday, June 20:

1. Each Swiatek (POL) 8,631 pounds

2. Ana Kontaveit (EST) 4.511

3. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 4,340

4. Paula Badosa (ESP) 4,245

5. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 4,205

6. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 4.145

7. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 3.777

8. Danielle Collins (USA) 3.255

9. Jessica Pegula (USA) 3,185

10. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 2,961

11. Emma Raducano (GBR) 2,952

12. Coco Gauff (USA) 2,940

13. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 2.685

14. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 2.596

15. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 2.592

16. Leylah Fernandez (CAN) 2,590

17. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,585

18. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2.419

19. Simona Halep (ROU) 2.305

20. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 2.146

29. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 1,640

40. Sara Sorribes (ESP) 1,276

52. Nuria Parrizas (ESP) 1,162

61. Camila Osorio (COL) 1,016



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