In shape, Simona Halep climbs to 15th place in the WTA rankings

Former world number one Simona Halep’s first title win in 16 months in Melbourne at the weekend saw her jump five places to 15th in the WTA rankings released on Monday. Australian Ashleigh Barty, who won the Adelaide tournament on Sunday dispatching Elena Rybakina in just 64 minutes to the final, still tops the standings. The 25-year-old, who will attempt to advance to the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time, leads the pack for the 110th week, seven weeks off the record set by Justine Henin.

Halep, meanwhile, who reached the final of the Australian Open in 2018, continued her return to form and fitness in impressive form beating Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena to win the Melbourne Summer Set.

After a truncated 2021 season where she suffered from calf and knee injuries, the 30-year-old Romanian can now approach the Australian Open with real confidence.

Barbora Krejcikova moved up one spot to fourth, switching places with fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova, who misses the Australian Open through injury.

Iga Swiatek, who had to withdraw from this week’s Sydney Tennis Classic after injuring his ribs, also moved up one to eighth with Paula Badosa dropping back.

Despite losing to Barty in Adelaide, Rybakina is 13th while Naomi Osaka moved up to 14th.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu, 19, moved up to a career-high 18th.

WTA Ranking as of January 10

1. Ashleigh Barty (Australia) 8051 points

2. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 6351

3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 5635

4. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 5008 (+1)

5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 4666 (-1)

6. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 4385

7. Anet Kontaveit (EST) 4351

8. Iga Swiatek (POL) 3971 (+1)

9. Paula Badosa (ESP) 3849 (-1)

ten. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 3455

11. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 3076

12. Sofia Kenin (USA) 3016

13. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 2980 (+1)

14. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 2881 (-1)

15. Simona Halep (ROM) 2791 (+5)

16. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2726 (-1)

17. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2671 (-1)

18. Emma Raducanu (GBR) 2595 (+1)

Promoted

19. Cori Gauff (USA) 2575 (+3)

20. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2565 (+1)

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