From getting on the list of Highest-Paid Female Athlete of Forbes to regaining the World Number one spot in the Women’s category of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking, Japanese tennis star, Naomi Osaka is setting the internet ablaze.
The US and Australian Open Champion, Naomi Osaka, earlier lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of Rogers Cup held last week in Toronto, Canada. The 21-year-old reclaimed the top ranking after Former Number One, Ashleigh Barty lost in the second round and Karolina Pliskova lost in the quarterfinals to Bianca Andreescu.
Osaka first hit top spot in January, after winning back-to-back majors in New York and Melbourne, making history as the first Japanese player to achieve it. Sharing her happiness over her official social media handle Naomi wrote, “Learned so much in the past couple of days. Played the g.o.a.t , came back to #1 AND most importantly started smiling again during matches. I’m so happy honestly can’t wait to play more matches and learn from life. Thank you Toronto see you next time ”.
Learned so much in the past couple of days. Played the g.o.a.t 🐐 , came back to #1 AND most importantly started smiling again during matches. I’m so happy honestly 😊 can’t wait to play more matches and learn from life. Thank you Toronto see you next time 🤗 pic.twitter.com/YpX13VnW5o
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) August 10, 2019
After being on the top for seven weeks French Open Champion, Barty slipped to second with Pliskova on the third position.
Osaka has 6417 points while Barty holds the second rank with 6256 points. As for the legendary player Serena Williams, she also has climbed two spots and is now on the eighth position with 3995 points. The only other movement in the top 10 sees, Slonane Stephens of USA going down two positions.
Canadian Bianca Andreescu, who won the Rogers Cup following Williams’ withdrawal with back spasms in the opening set of the final, climbed 13 places to 14.
Wow. Words can’t describe this feeling. Not the way I expected things to go but playing in front of my home crowd and being able to take the title here is truly a blessing. Thank you all for your support ❤️ #3 #proudCanadian pic.twitter.com/75EiLCsSxl
— Bianca (@Bandreescu_) August 13, 2019
Along with it, Serbian tennis ace, Novak Djokovic, remains on the top at the latest ATP rankings released on Monday, with Rafael Nadal, who secured his 35th Masters title after beating Russian Daniil Medvedev in Montreal, on the second position.
.@DaniilMedwed becomes the new Russian No. 1, rising to a career-high No 8 in the ATP Rankings.
— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) August 12, 2019
The top three in the men’s table remains unchanged. Djokovic has collected 12,325 points, keeping a huge lead over the second-placed Nadal on 7,945 and third-placed Roger Federer of Switzerland on 7,460.