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Swiatek takes commanding lead in WTA rankings

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Florida: Current World No.1 and 2022 US Open champion Iga Swiatek of Poland continue to build on her lead atop the WTA Rankings after by capturing her seventh singles title of the season, including her second Grand Slam win in New York.

Swiatek has owned the No.1 ranking 24 consecutive weeks, a streak that dates back to April 4. The US Open 2022 finalist Ons Jabeur of Tunisia returned to No.2 in this week’s rankings, moving up three spots from No.5.

With 10,365 ranking points, Swiatek now holds a 5,275-point lead over Jabeur, the widest margin between No.1 and No.2 in seven years, when Serena Williams had a 6,591-point lead the week of August 31, 2015.

Following her quarterfinal run at the US Open, American teenager Coco Gauff makes her Top 10 debut this week, at No.8, up four spots from No.12. At 18 years, 183 days old, Gauff becomes the youngest player to break into the Top 10 in 16 years, when a 17-year-old Nicole Vaidisova made her Top 10 debut in 2006.

Gauff also is the youngest American to make her Top 10 debut since Serena Williams in 1999.

Last year’s US Open champion Emma Raducanu of Britain dropped 72 spots, from No.11 to No.83, while 2021 US Open finalist Candadian player Leylah Fernandez dropped 26 positions, from No.14 to No.40.

Katerina Siniakova (Czech Rebublic) returned to No.1 in this week’s WTA doubles rankings following her US Open title run with her partner Barbora Krejcikova, who now sits at No.2.

This week marks Siniakova’s 63rd week at No.1.

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