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Osaka slides out of WTA top five

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Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts against Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic in the first round on day one of the 2021 US Open. Picture: Jerry Lai, USA TODAY Sports

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has fallen out of the top five of the WTA rankings while former number one Simona Halep also continued her slide down.

PARIS – Naomi Osaka slipped out of the top five in the WTA rankings on Monday while Simona Halep, another former world number one, continued her slide by also dropping three places.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Osaka fell from fifth to eighth as Halep, who married boyfriend Toni Iuruc last week in a civil ceremony in her hometown of Constanta, tumbled down to 14th.

Ashleigh Barty remains top and French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova climbed to a career high of fifth.

Danish teenager Clara Tauson rose 18 places to 52nd after capturing her second title of the year in Luxembourg.

Italy’s Jasmine Paolini jumped from 87th to 64th following her first WTA title at Portoroz, Slovenia.

Meanwhile, Emma Raducanu has reached new heights following her historic US Open triumph.

In Monday’s latest WTA rankings, the Brit has reached a new career high of world No.22, while just three months ago, she was ranked 338 in the world.

AFP

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