WTA: Naomi Osaka became no. 1 worldwide and Andresscu reached the 68th rank

 WTA: Naomi Osaka devient no 1 mondiale et Andresscu atteint le 68e rang

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Naomi Osaka, during his coronation at the Australian Open last Saturday

The champion of the Australian open, Naomi Osaka, became the first person of asian descent to reach the first world, while the Canadian Bianca Andreescu has jumped 38 spots in the standings to find themselves in 68th.

Osaka is also the youngest player to end up at the top of the world rankings for the first time in his career in nine years.

The sequence of Simona Halep in the first rank of world stopped on Monday to 48 weeks. She is now third in the world, after being tilted in the fourth round to Serena Williams, a year after he took part in the final at Melbourne Park.

Andreescu, of Mississauga, ont., defeated American Jessica Pegula in the final of the tournament in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday. It was his first title in career on the circuit of the WTA tour. Andreescu has also become the player canadian the best rated in the world, surpassing la Québécoise Eugenie Bouchard. The player from Westmount, has gained three ranks to find himself in the 76th level.

It was the second title of the Grand Slam straight to Osaka, who had also won the International the United States last fall.

Osaka is born in Japan — her mother is japanese, and her father haitian, but she moved to the United States at the age of three years. She has dual citizenship, and currently lives in Florida.

She is the youngest player to become no. 1 worldwide since 2010, while the Danish Caroline Wozniacki had accomplished this feat in 20 years.

The finalist in Melbourne, Petra Kvitova, has gone from sixth to second in the world.

Sloane Stephens is fourth, and Karolina Pliskova jumped from the eighth to the fifth rank.

Williams has missed the tournament in 2018 after having given birth to her first child ; her participation in the quarter-finals has helped him climb five places to 11th level.

In men

On the male side, the conquest of a seventh title australian Novak Djokovic has helped him to maintain his world ranking, while runner-up Rafael Nadal remained second.

Roger Federer, the champion in 2017 and 2018, has dropped from third to sixth rank.

The player who has defeated Federer, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, has been propelled in 12th place in the world rankings after taking part in his first of four aces in a career in a major tournament.

For its part, the Canadian Milos Raonic moved up three ranks to become the 14th largest in the world. His fellow countryman Denis Shapovalov has also been a rise of two places in the ranking to 25th place.

For his part, Vasek Pospisil has dropped 20 places, but it has preserved its place in the top 100 in the world. The tennis player from Vernon, b.c., is now 94th in the world.

With The canadian Press

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