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Ranking Reaction: Iga Swiatek breaks Top 10, Coco Gauff into Top 30
The Top 2 teens on the women’s tour both broke new ranking classes after phenomenal runs in Rome. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal stayed at No. 3, meaning he’ll be the No. 3 seed at Roland Garros.
Published May 17, 2021
After capturing the second-biggest title of her career in Rome on Sunday, 2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek jumped from No. 15 to No. 9 on Monday's new WTA rankings.
The 19-year-old is now the second Polish woman ever to reach the WTA Top 10, after former No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska. One Polish man has cracked the ATP Top 10: former No. 10 Wojtek Fibak.
“I’m really proud of myself that I’m starting to be more consistent, because that was my goal from the beginning. I feel right now that I am doing huge progress in that matter,” Swiatek said. “But it was a bit frustrating after French Open, because sometimes you can’t see the result of your work. Obviously winning a Grand Slam is great, but after that comes rankings, and this year it was different.
“So I’m really proud that I’m going to have in my resume that I’m Top 10, because I always wanted that. I also want to be consistent. So right now our goal is to keep me in that place and go further.”
Swiatek’s Top 10 debut was probably long overdue. Under the revised WTA ranking system due to COVID-19, players only started dropping points in March, so it was harder for other competitors to move up until then. Going into Rome, Swiatek had been stuck in the No. 15-18 range for seven months since winning Roland Garros despite some excellent results, including capturing a WTA 500 title in Adelaide in February prior to tacking on her first WTA 1000 title at the Foro Italico.
Meanwhile, two American women made their Top 30 debuts, with Jessica Pegula going from No. 31 to No. 28 this week and Coco Gauff rising from No. 35 to No. 30. Both made deep runs in Rome: Pegula reached the quarterfinals, upsetting No. 2-ranked Naomi Osaka en route for the biggest win of her career; and Gauff made it one step further to the semifinals, taking out No. 4 Aryna Sabalenka and No. 1 Ashleigh Barty (by retirement) along the way before falling to eventual champion Swiatek.
There are now seven American women in the Top 30 of the WTA rankings: No. 5 Sofia Kenin, No. 8 Serena Williams, No. 14 Jennifer Brady, No. 24 Madison Keys, No. 27 Alison Riske, No. 28 Pegula and No. 30 Gauff. Meanwhile, there are no U.S. men in the ATP Top 30 for the second straight week, the only two weeks in ATP rankings history without an American presence in that ranking group.
There are three just outside, though: No. 32 Taylor Fritz, No. 34 John Isner and No. 35 Reilly Opelka. The 23-year-old Opelka just jumped from No. 47 to No. 35 after advancing to his first Masters 1000 semifinal in Rome. Last week, Isner reached his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal in two years in Madrid.
Two rising stars of the men’s game kept climbing, too, with Jannik Sinner inching up from No. 18 to a new career-high of No. 17, and Aslan Karatsev making his Top 25 debut, going from No. 27 to No. 25.
And though Rafael Nadal won Rome for the 10th time, he stayed at No. 3 this week—that means he’ll be the No. 3 seed at Roland Garros, and could potentially meet No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals there. One of them may even have to play No. 8 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.