Rankings Rocket: How Naomi Osaka’s file rise to No.1 stacks up in opposition to the greats
World No.1 Naomi Osaka’s meteoric rise to the highest of the rankings has been a historic one. The 21-year-old from Japan snapped Simona Halep’s 48-week reign at No.1 by defeating No.2 Petra Kvitova to win her second consecutive main title on the Australian Open in January. With the feat, Osaka turned the primary Asian participant, not to mention Japanese participant, man or girl, to carry the World No.1 rating.
Osaka is now the reigning champion of three of the six largest hardcourt occasions of the final 12 months. Alongside together with her Melbourne victory, Osaka received her first WTA title on the 2018 BNP Paribas Open final March, and her first Slam title six months later on the US Open.
Osaka’s rise by the rankings went from gradual to exponential, all within the span of 13 months. Earlier than the 2018 Australian Open, Osaka was ranked No.72 and she or he entered Indian Wells ranked No.44. That dominant title run, which noticed her drop only one set whereas scoring wins over then-No.1 Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Daria Kasatkina, boosted her to a career-high No.22.
After hovering across the Prime 20 by a disappointing clay and grass season, Osaka made her Prime 10 debut final fall on September 10, 2018 after successful the US Open. Simply 20 weeks later she turned the 26th girl to carry the WTA World No.1 rating on January 28, 2019, the quickest rise to No.1 for any participant because the creation of computerized rankings*.
Osaka’s 20 weeks bests the 25-week mark beforehand set by each Martina Hingis and Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Source:: New paper 24 – Sports