Sofia Kenin has cracked the top 10 for the first time after winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
Kenin capped a whirlwind fortnight in Melbourne by surging to a shock Australian Open title, capturing her first Grand Slam with a brilliant 4-6 6-2 6-2 win over two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza in the final.
After saving set points in both sets in her 7-6(6) 7-5 dispatch of World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in the semi-finals, Kenin weathered a first-set storm by Muguruza before barely making an error in the next two sets, surviving a crucial fifth game of the deciding set where she recovered from 0-40 to win five straight points with four winners and an ace.
Muguruza ultimately couldn’t recover and Kenin completed the biggest win of her career to join the likes of Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu in recent seasons to lift a Grand Slam before turning 22.
“My dream has officially come true,” the 21-year-old said. “If you have a dream, go for it, because it can come true.”
“This is such an honour. I’m so proud of myself, my dad, my team, everyone that has been around me. We’ve all worked hard. We’ve been through tough times. We did it. We fought. I’m just on cloud nine.”
Kenin vaults eight spots in the latest WTA rankings to a career-high mark of No. 7, while she’s also the new No. 1 American, leapfrogging Serena Williams.
While Muguruza was disappointed to fall just short of a third major after a sensational resurgence in Melbourne (where she beat three top 10 players without dropping a set), the Spaniard has propelled herself back into the top 20, rising 16 places to No. 16 – meaning she’ll be seeded at the bigger tournaments throughout 2020.
Meanwhile, after suffering a shock loss to 15-year-old Coco Gauff in the third round, defending champion Naomi Osaka fell six spots to No. 10. Simona Halep moves up to No. 2 after making the semi-finals and Belinda Bencic is into the top 5 for the first time. Barty remains World No. 1 and has a lead of 2,226 points over Halep.
Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur moves up 32 rungs on the rankings ladder after making her first Grand Slam quarter-final, rising to a career-high No. 46, while last year’s semi-finalist Danielle Collins slipped to No. 51 after losing in the second round.
There’s no WTA tournaments this week, with Fed Cup World Group Play-Offs taking place over the weekend.
Latest WTA Rankings, Monday February 3
1. ?? Ashleigh Barty
2. ?? Simona Halep (+1)
3. ?? Karolina Pliskova (-1)
4. ?? Elina Svitolina (+1)
5. ?? Belinda Bencic (+2)
6. ?? Bianca Andreescu
7. ?? Sofia Kenin (+8)
8. ?? Kiki Bertens (+2)
9. ?? Serena Williams
10. ?? Naomi Osaka (-6)
11. ?? Petra Kvitova (-3)
12. ?? Madison Keys (-1)
13. ?? Aryna Sabalenka (-1)
14. ?? Johanna Konta (-1)
15. ?? Petra Martic (-1)
16. ?? Garbine Muguruza (+16)
17. ?? Marketa Vondrousova (-1)
18. ?? Alison Riske (+1)
19. ?? Elise Mertens (-2)
20. ?? Angelique Kerber (-2)
Notable Top 100 Ranking Movements This Week
22. ?? Anett Kontaveit (+9)
31. ?? Julia Goerges (+8)
36. ?? Sloane Stephens (-9)
42. ?? Anastasija Sevastova (-9)
46. ?? Ons Jabeur (+32)
51. ?? Danielle Collins (-26)
52. ?? Coco Gauff (+15)
67. ?? Venus Williams (-12)
85. ?? Nao Hibino (+18)
100. ?? Stefanie Voegele (+17)