Serena Williams didn’t win her 24th Grand Slam this year, but she will draw some solace from the fact that she made it to the Semi Finals of the Australian Open. The good performance in the Australian Open was reflected in the new WTA rankings where Serena rose from no.11 in the rankings to no.7.
Naomi Osaka expectedly moved one place up to no.2 in the rankings. The Australian Open win gave her a 1870 boost in ranking points. She now stands 1351 points behind the no.1 ranked player, Ash Barty. Another player who improved her ranking was Bianca Andreescu, who rose a spot to no.8 in the rankings. But a number of players slipped in rankings too. Simona Halep slipped from no.2 to no.3. Aryna Sabalenka lost two places to settle at 9, and so did Petra Kvitova who dropped down to no.10.
The new WTA Top 10 ranking
- Ash Barty
- Naomi Osaka
- Simona Halep
- Sofia Kenin
- Elina Svitolina
- Karolina Pliskova
- Serena Williams
- Bianca Andreescu
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Petra Kvitova
A tearful Serena Williams exits the Australian Open
Serena had high hopes coming into the Australian Open 2021. Some ardent fans had even prematurely started celebrating her good form as a sign that maybe this will be her 24th title winning campaign.
But all those dreams and hopes were shattered when she got a complete walloping from Naomi Osaka in the Semi Finals of the Australian Open.
The match itself was a complete one sided one. Although Serena tried her best, she just couldn’t get the job done. In the end succumbing to Osaka 3-6 4-6. Its amply clear now that the 24th Grand Slam will not come easy for the once dominant Serena Williams.