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Świątek retains top spot in world rankings despite early Wimbledon exit

08.07.2024 17:30
Despite an early exit in the third round of Wimbledon, Iga Świątek remains secure at the top of the women's world tennis rankings.
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Iga Świątek reacts during the Womens 3rd round match against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Championships, Wimbledon, Britain, 06 July 2024.
Iga Świątek reacts during the Women's 3rd round match against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan at the Wimbledon Championships, Wimbledon, Britain, 06 July 2024. EPA/TIM IRELAND

Her main competitor, American Coco Gauff, only advanced one round further, ensuring Świątek retains her lead for at least two more months.

Radio Poland's Marcin Matuszewski has the details in his audio report - available in our player (red button above and on the left).


Gauff managed to narrow the gap slightly in London, and by the end of the tournament, her deficit will be 3,112 points. She will remain the second seed after Wimbledon, but Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina, if victorious, will close in on her. By the end of summer, Rybakina will be Świątek's most formidable rival for the No. 1 spot.

It's uncertain how the top players' schedules will look post the Paris Olympics. Tennis at the Olympics concludes on August 4, with the WTA 1000 tournament in Toronto starting the next day.

The Cincinnati event of the same rank kicks off on August 12, followed by the US Open on August 26. The outcomes in New York could significantly impact the 23-year-old Pole's ranking.

Gauff, who will be defending her title, is in the toughest position, as she can only maintain her points if she wins again. Świątek has 240 points to defend from reaching the Round of 16, while Rybakina has just 130 points from the third round.

For Rybakina, born in Moscow, to surpass Świątek, she would need an outstanding series of performances, including Grand Slam victories in London and New York, combined with poor results from Świątek.

(jh/mm)

Source: PAP