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Caroline Wozniacki, Australian Open champion, now top of WTA rankings

Caroline Wozniacki usurped Simona Halep whom she beat in an epic Australian Open tennis final, reclaiming the number one ranking six years to the day since she last relinquished it.

tennis Updated: Jan 29, 2018 17:29 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Paris
Caroline Wozniacki,Australian Open,Women’s Tennis Association
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki holds up the winner's trophy at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne on January 28, 2018, a day after beating Romania's Simona Halep in their women's singles final match at the Australian Open tennis tournament. (AFP)

Caroline Wozniacki moved to the top of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday on the back of her maiden Grand Slam triumph at the Australian Open.

The 27-year-old Dane usurped Romanian Simona Halep whom she beat in an epic Melbourne final, reclaiming the number one ranking six years to the day since she last relinquished it.

Halep dropped to number two while former number one, German Angelique Kerber, who lost in the semi-finals to the Romanian, climbed seven places to ninth.

The other beaten semi-finalist, Belgium’s Elise Mertens, climbed 17 spots to 20th.

American Venus Williams dropped three places to eighth following her first round loss.

Rankings as of January 29:

1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 7,965pts (+1)

2. Simona Halep (ROM) 7,715 (-1)

3. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6,085 (+1)

4. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 5,690 (-1)

5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,445 (+1)

6. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 4,901 (+1)

7. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 4,495 (+1)

8. Venus Williams (USA) 4,278 (-3)

9. Angelique Kerber (GER) 3,031 (+7)

10. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 2,935 (+1)

11. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2,825 (-1)

12. Julia Goerges (GER) 2,825

13. Sloane Stephens (USA) 2,813

14. Madison Keys (USA) 2,644 (+6)

15. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2,540

16. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 2,486 (+1)

17. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 2,462 (-3)

18. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 2,434 (-9)

19. Magdalena Rybarikova (RUS) 2,363 (+2)

20. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,215 (+17)

First Published: Jan 29, 2018 17:29 IST