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Naomi Osaka gains ground over Ash Barty



Naomi Osaka and Ash Barty, represented here at the Miami Open.

Naomi Osaka has narrowed the distance on Ash Barty to the world rankings. Image: Getty

Naomi Osaka has managed to gain ground about Ash Barty in the world rankings despite the Australian star defending his Miami Open title.

Despite the world’s No. 1 victory, nearest rival Osaka narrowed the gap to Barty by 150 points after making it to the quarterfinals in Miami.

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However, the Japanese player still stands at more than 1000 points from Barty.

Barty set aside criticism of his continued presence Saturday’s No. 1, saying, “I completely deserve my place at the top of the rankings.”

The Australian star has benefited from a change in the way the rating is calculated, which takes into account the disruption caused by last year’s pandemic shutdown.

Barty skipped the rescheduled U.S. and French last year. He opened up to stay home, but was able to stay in first place.

“I should never prove anything to anyone,” Barty told reporters.

“I know there has been a lot of talk about ranking, but I didn’t play anything last year or improve on any of my points.

“Yeah, I didn’t fall but I didn’t improve any. I didn’t play at all.

“There were girls who had a chance to improve theirs, so I felt I deserved my place at the top of the standings.

“The year we had in 2019 was amazing.”

Ash Barty, pictured here consoling Bianca Andreescu after the final of the Miami Open.

Ash Barty consoles Bianca Andreescu after the final of the Miami Open. (Photo by Michael Reaves / Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu has moved up three places to sixth in the WTA rankings after his career in the Miami final where he lost to Barty.

Andreescu, a 20-year-old Canadian who was forced to retire in the second set after turning her ankle, is nearing her best ranking since winning the 2019 US Open when she reached fourth. position.

The best progression of the week was from Maria Sakkari, who reached the semifinals in Florida after leaving out Osaka.

The 25-year-old Greek star rises to 19th place, her highest rating to date.

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, who reached the round of 16 in Miami, climbed one step to seventh and Serena Williams dropped to eighth.

Karolina Pliskova dropped three places to ninth place.

WTA rankings from April 6:

1. Ash Barty (AUS) – 9186 ptes

2. Naomi Osaka (JPN) – 7985

3. Simona Halep (ROM) – 6965

4. Sofia Kenin (USA) – 5915

5. Elina Svitolina (UKR) – 5750

6. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) – 5265

7. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) – 5085

8. Serena Williams (USA) – 4850

9. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – 4660

10. Kiki Bertens (NED) – 4490

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