British teen sees massive jump of 127 spots
NEW YORK: Emma Raducanu of Great Britain, who defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada in the last Grand Slam of the year, has jumped 127 spots in this week's WTA Rankings, moving from No.150 to No.23.
Raducanu started the year at No.345 (as the British No.11), but her ranking has been on a rapid climb in the past three months. The teenager has won 21 of her past 25 matches. After reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a wildcard, Raducanu's ranking improved from No.338 to No.179, helping her secure a spot in qualifying at the US Open.
By winning the US Open as a qualifier, Raducanu earned 2,040 points. She also overtakes Johanna Konta as the highest-ranked woman from Britain. Konta had held the distinction for 310 consecutive weeks (since the week of October 5, 2015).
US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez jumped 45 spots, climbing from No.73 to No.28. Fernandez joins fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu (No.20) in the top-30, giving Canada two women ranked in that range for the first time in 34 years. The last time it happened was the week of September 14, 1987, with Helen Kelesi at No.29 and Carling Bassett-Seguso at No.30. IANS