Alicia Molik’s team might have finished runners-up in Glasgow at this year’s Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals, but they still did enough to remain the top-ranked nation according to the latest competition rankings that have been released.
World champions Switzerland moved up to No. 2, which is the best ranking the Swiss team have ever held in the history of the women’s World Cup of Tennis.
The Billie Jean King Cup Nations Rankings are published following each competition week and reflect the performance of teams over the last four seasons.
So, while it might seem strange that Switzerland, who were runners-up in 2021 and champions in 2022, are not in top spot, Australia's performance over more years has seen them retain their No.1 place.
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Australia, runners-up themselves in 2019, have been the highest-ranked nation in the competition since 2021 and are one of just six nations to have held the No.1 ranking alongside Slovakia, France, Russia, Italy and Czech Republic.
As finalists in 2022, both Australia and Switzerland earn a direct entry into the 2023 Finals, with Switzerland due to be to seed thanks to their victory in Glasgow.
The top 10 nations are as follows:
4. Czech Republic