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Osaka And Azarenka Soar

There’s always a lot of movement on the rankings coming out of a Grand Slam, but with a pair of tour-level events taking place in Week 2 of the US Open this year, there was even more reshuffling.
The most significant moves came from three of the top performers on the women’s side in Flushing Meadows: Naomi OsakaVictoria Azarenka and Jennifer Brady.

Osaka, who came away with her third Grand Slam title, jumped from No. 9 to No. 3; Azarenka, who reached her first Grand Slam final in seven years—and first as a mom—nearly cut her ranking in half, rising from No. 27 to No. 14; and Brady, who reached her first major semifinal, rose from No. 41 to No. 25, shattering her previous high of No. 40.

Azarenka actually went into the New York bubble ranked No. 59, her win at the Western & Southern Open the week before the US Open pushing her to No. 27 on the first Monday of the major. She’s not stopping, either—she’s playing Rome this week. She faces Venus Williams first round. “I’m going on a flight tomorrow,” she said after the US Open final on Saturday night. “I’m looking forward to playing on clay. It’s going to be a quick turnaround, but it’s going to be fun.”

Other notable ranking movers on the WTA rankings include Shelby Rogers, who rose from No. 93 to No. 55 after reaching the quarterfinals in New York, where she fell to Osaka; Patricia Maria Tig, the No. 3 mom on tour behind Serena Williams and Azarenka, who rose 30 spots from No. 88 to No. 58 after winning her first WTA title in Istanbul; and Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez, who made her Top-100 debut after reaching the second round of the US Open, rising from No. 104 to No. 98.

While the last two men standing at the US Open stayed put on this week’s ATP rankings—Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev are still No. 3 and No. 7, respectively—semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta jumped from No. 27 to No. 18, his first time being ranked in the Top 20 since March 2019.
The former No. 10 fell as low as No. 69 last year after missing two and a half months with a shoulder injury. He's also off to Rome this week, where he opens against none other than Rafael Nadal.

Elsewhere on the ATP rankings, Andrey Rublev rose from No. 14 to a new career-high of No. 12 after reaching his second Grand Slam quarterfinal, and Miomir Kecmanovic rose from No. 47 to No. 39, his Top-40 debut, after winning a round in New York and then capturing his first ATP title in Kitzbuhel.

The biggest ranking news on the men’s side might be about no move at all, though—Novak Djokovic is spending his 286th career week at No. 1 this week, which ties Pete Sampras for the second-most career weeks at No. 1 in ATP rankings history. He’ll pass his idol for standalone second place next week.

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