Sabalenka jumps to second in WTA rankings. And in so doing bumps Japan's Osaka to third; but with Barty comfortably placed at number one.

Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka geared up for next week's US Open by climbing to second place in the WTA rankings published on Monday, nudging Naomi Osaka down to third.

Neither Sabalenka, 23, nor Osaka made it to the latter stages of the Cincinnati Open which was won by Ashleigh Barty who keeps a firm grip on the number one spot.

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova reached her best  WTA ranking on the ninth with a good run to the quarter-finals in Cincinnati where she was stopped by Barty.

Former world number one Angelique Kerber is back in the top 20 after her run to the semi-finals in Cincinnati when she was also overturned by an inform Barty.

Zevrev rises to fourth.

Alexander Zeverev's victory in the Cincinnati Masters saw the German leapfrog Rafael Nadal to take fourth spot in the new ATP rankings released on Monday.

The 24-year-old, who won Olympic gold in Tokyo, took less than an hour to crush Andrey Rublev 62, 6-3 in Cincinnati on Sunday.

The win lifts him to fourth for the first time since May 2019 and shunts Nadal down to fifth.

The Spaniard has struggled with injury to his left left foot since his French Open semi-final defeat and announced last week that he would miss the US Open, which starts next week, and end his season with immediate effect.

Defending champion Dominic Thiem and 20-time major winner Roger Federer will also be absent from Flushing Meadows and have also terminated their seasons - they remain sixth and ninth respectively.

The young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassimne rose two places on 15th while the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Frenchman Gael Monfils both returned to the top 20. [AFP]


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