By Abigail O'Sullivan
After an eventful two weeks at the Australian Open in Melbourne, it comes as no surprise that there was a bit of movement in the top 10 rankings of both the ATP and the WTA. We’ve summarised everything you need to know below!
Our homegrown champ, Ash Barty stormed her way to the finals without dropping a set, becoming became the first Aussie to hold aloft the women’s singles trophy in 44 years! Her triumphant comeback from 1-5 down in the second set, to take it 7-6 for the win, is a testament to her strength and determination on the court! The Brisbane based 25 year old has shown us time and time again just how deserving she is of her number one ranking. She will, of course, maintain her top spot following her title at AO22.
Two of the most notable movers in the WTA top 10 include Iga Swiatek and Danielle Collins. Swiatek, the 20 year old from Poland, is up 5 places from number 9, now reaching a career high of number 4 in the world following an incredible run to the semi-final. Another impressive performance came from 28 year old American, Danielle Collins. After her run to the final, she has climbed 20 places in the rankings to enter the top 10 for the first time in her career.
Take a look at the full WTA Top 10 as of the 31st of January:
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After a controversial start to the 2022 Australian Open, the performance of the ATP players quickly overshadowed the earlier drama. Rafael Nadal came in search of his 21st grand slam title, in the hopes of overtaking the 20 grand slam titles held by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. In his run to the final, Rafa endured several tough matches including a 5 setter in the quarters against Denis Shapovalov and a 4 setter against Matteo Berrettini in the semis. Nadal then came up against world number 2, Daniil Medvedev for the ATP match of the tournament. Medvedev had already put a stop to Novak’s campaign for number 21 at the US Open last year and he had set the stage to do it again. Daniil took the first two sets and it was looking like he was shaping up to take out his second grand slam title. But, ever the champion, Nadal’s fight wasn’t over. In a 5 and a half battle, the second longest match in the history of the Australian Open, he came back and won the next three sets to take out the title. For his victory, Rafa was awarded 2000 points, moving him up 1 place to world number 5, but more importantly, securing him a place in tennis history.
Berrettini’s run to the semi-final also earned him a rise in the rankings from number 7 up to number 6, with Rublev falling from number 5 to number 7 after a third round loss to Marin Cilic. Take a look at your most recent ATP Top 10 below:
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The players will now head across to Europe for several lead up tournaments in preparation for the 2022 Roland Garros in May. Be sure to keep an eye on the rankings as our favourites on the WTA and ATP Tours continue to battle it out on court!