WTA Race to Riyadh: Iga Swiatek holds firm, Sabalenka and Rybakina follow from afar

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 00:00
The WTA Race to Riyadh has been updated after the first week of the grass-swing. Iga Swiatek comfortably maintains her lead and has already secured her place in the WTA Finals. Most of the top-ranked players are making their grass-court debut this week, and there were no significant changes at the top of the Race.
The Polish player recently clinched her 4th French Open title, earning 2,000 points that further distanced her from her pursuers after an almost flawless clay-swing. Swiatek achieved 19 consecutive victories and added two WTA 1000 titles to her collection at the Madrid Open and Rome Open, bringing her total points to 7,335.

Sabalenka and Rybakina chase Swiatek in WTA Race 

In the current standings, Sabalenka holds the second position with 4,359 points, trailing Swiatek by nearly 3,000 points. Swiatek’s dominance during the grass-swing makes her uncatchable and guarantees her No. 1 ranking for several more weeks.
Elena Rybakina follows Sabalenka closely, closing the podium with 4,014 points. Like the Belarusian, Rybakina suffered a surprising quarterfinal exit at the French Open, missing a chance to surpass Sabalenka. Despite injury-related withdrawals throughout the year, the Kazakh player has left a positive impression on the court, making her a grass-court favorite heading into Wimbledon.
Far behind is Coco Gauff (3,163 points), who recently reached French Open semifinals. The American lost again to Swiatek in a h2h that is now 1-11. Close behind are Roland Garros finalist Jasmine Paolini (3,010) and the Miami Open champion Danielle Collins (2,927).
Coco Gauff at 2024 Roland Garros
The top six players seem well on track for possible Finals qualification, maintaining a significant lead over their pursuers. In the 7th and 8th positions, Australian Open runner-up Qinwen Zheng (2,200) and Jelena Ostapenko (1,959) would currently secure spots in Riyadh.
However, several players are within striking distance, and a strong grass-swing performance could challenge Zheng and Ostapenko. Marta Kostyuk (1,766), Emma Navarro (1,736), Daria Kasatkina (1,613), and Maria Sakkari (1,601) are the main contenders vying for a place in the top eight before the season’s end.

2024 WTA Race as of June 17, 2024:

1Iga Swiatek7335
2Aryna Sabalenka4358
3Elena Rybakina4013
4Coco Gauff3163
5Jasmine Paolini3010
6Danielle Collins2927
7Qinwen Zheng2200
8Jelena Ostapenko1959
9Marta Kostyuk1766
10Emma Navarro1736
11Daria Kasatkina1613
12Maria Sakkari1601
13Anna Kalinskaya1581
14Victoria Azarenka1573
15Mirra Andreeva1427
16Madison Keys1421
17Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova1323
18Dayana Yastremska1311
19Marketa Vondrousova1293
20Ekaterina Alexandrova1251
21Katie Boulter1182
22Linda Noskova1105
23Elina Svitolina1088
24Karolina Pliskova1055
25Liudmila Samsonova1008
26Anastasia Potapova1007
27Elise Mertens980
28Ons Jabeur978
29Beatriz Haddad Maia970
30Jessica Pegula945
31Sorana Cirstea902
32Yulia Putintseva870
33Caroline Garcia824
34Anhelina Kalinina813
35Elisabetta Cocciaretto812
36Yue Yuan792
37Katerina Siniakova776
38Sloane Stephens765
39Katie Volynets753
40Moyuka Uchijima747
41Donna Vekic734
42Magdalena Frech713
43Clara Tauson711
44Leylah Fernandez707
45Diana Shnaider679
46Naomi Osaka668
47Varvara Gracheva668
48Xinyu Wang664
49Magda Linette639
50Mayar Sherif629

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