After Iga Swiatek’s unexpected defeat at the US Open, the Pole did not defend her title and lost her lead in the ranking. Now Aryna Sabalenka is the leader of the ranking and is over 1,000 points ahead of Swiatek. However, the Pole has a chance to return to the lead in the ranking before the end of this season.
Iga Swiatek returns to the game after a short break. The Polish tennis player and world number two is in Japan and held her first training sessions before the tournament in Tokyo. The Pole will play two tournaments in Asia. In Tokyo and Beijing. After these tournaments, Swiatek will still fight in the WTA Finals. However, the question that everyone is most interested in is whether the Pole is able to regain the lead in the ranking this year.
Before Aryna Sabalenka took the lead in the ranking, Iga Swiatek was the leader for 75 weeks. This gives her 10th position in the list of women who have been leaders in the ranking for the longest time. Now Sabalenka is ahead of Swiatek by 1,071 points. Can Swiatek overtake Sabalenka and return to the top of the rankings before the end of this season?
Theoretically, Swiatek has a good chance because she’s competing now where she didn’t play last year, so she can get a lot of points. However, if Swiatek is prematurely eliminated from the tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing, she will be able to return to the lead in the ranking, probably only if she wins the WTA Finals. Then Aryna Sabalenka would lose points for not defending the points she gained for winning the WTA Finals a year ago, and Swiatek would gain points because she would go further in the event than last year.
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