Thank you for signing up. 

We've sent you an email. Please click on the link to verify your address.

Win big with FREE Tips from our experts

Get our professional tips mailed direct

New WTA Rankings for w/c September 11th, 2017: Muguruza new World No. 1; Stephens back in top 20 after stunning US Open win

Crunch Sports Staff in Tennis 11 Sep 2017
Sloane Stephens

Garbine Muguruza is officially the new World No. 1, 2016 U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber has dropped out of the top 10 and shock 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens has sky-rocketed back into the top 20 as the WTA rankings take shape after a thrilling final Grand Slam of the season in New York.

Another wild and unpredictable Grand Slam has come and gone and the latest WTA rankings reflect the insanity of the 2017 U.S. Open, with last year’s champion Angelique Kerber, who was No. 1 this time last year, falling to No. 14 and this year’s winner Sloane Stephens just three places behind at No. 17 - after starting the U.S. summer ranked 957 in the world!

Furthermore, Garbine Muguruza is the 24th woman to rise to World No. 1 after Karolina Pliskova failed to defend her U.S. Open runner-up points after losing in the quarter-finals to CoCo Vandeweghe. Muguruza, despite losing in the R16 in New York to Petra Kvitova, follows in the footsteps of compatriot Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario and becomes the second Spaniard to rise to the pinnacle of the sport.

Garbine Muguruza (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
A second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and the WTA Premier 5 crown at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati helped propel Muguruza to No. 1, ending Pliskova’s eight-week reign at the top. Muguruza and Venus Williams are the only two players to have reached the second week at all four Grand Slams in 2017.

Meanwhile, Stephens has completed one of the biggest rankings jumps in history after capping a fairytale fortnight in New York by capturing her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open.

Stephens, who was unable to walk at the start of 2017 and in a protective boot as short as three months ago, was ranked outside the top 900 and winless in 12 months when she launched her U.S. Open Series last month, but now she’s a Grand Slam champion and the World No. 17 after crushing close friend Madison Keys in straight sets in Saturday’s final.

Sloane Stephens (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
"When I had surgery, I was not thinking that I would be anywhere near a US Open title,” Stephens said. “Nor did I think I was going to be anywhere near the top 100. I was worried about my protected ranking, and I was worried about using my protected ranking to get in here. I used both of them already for Grand Slams and tournaments and to be able to play. I was thinking about all the wrong things. 
"Once I kind of let that go and just realised that whatever is meant to be is going to be, that I worked hard to get here and, you know, that's that, then I think a lot of that stress was relieved and I was able to just play free and run and compete and just get out there and get after it every match. I mean, there is no words to describe how I got here, the process it took or anything like that, because if you told someone this story, they'd be, like, That's insane."

There were plenty of other significant movements near the top of the latest WTA rankings. Elina Svitolina, despite another relatively early exit at a major, rises one spot to a career-high World No. 3 as Pliskova plummets three places after losing in the quarter-finals and failing to emulate her runner-up finish from last year. Venus Williams, the 37-year-old who keeps defying age, climbs four rungs on the rankings latter to return to the top five for the first time since 2011, while French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, who lost in the third round at Flushing Meadows moves up two spots to make her top 10 debut.

Madison Keys is going in the right direction again after staging an outstanding comeback from wrist surgery to make a first major final at the U.S. Open, clocking in at No. 12, while compatriot and semi-finalist CoCo Vandeweghe hits a career-high of No. 16. Serena Williams, who gave birth to her first child during the first week of the U.S. Open, has officially dropped out of the top 20, while Maria Sharapova is on the brink of a return to the top 100 after beating Simona Halep and making the R16 in New York, climbing 43 spots to No. 103. Kaia Kanepi also enjoys a gigantic rankings rise, with the Estonian - who qualified at the U.S. Open and advanced to the quarter-finals - moving up a whopping 308 places to No. 110.

A thrilling finish to the year-end No. 1 ranking is guaranteed with less than 500 points separating Muguruza at No. 1 and Pliskova at No. 2, with Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina well in the mix as the WTA Tour heads to Asia for the next couple of months.

Latest WTA rankings for w/c September 11th, 2017


1. Garbine Muguruza (+2)
2. Simona Halep
3. Elina Svitolina (+1)
4. Karolina Pliskova (-3)
5. Venus Williams (+4)
6. Caroline Wozniacki (-1)
7. Johanna Konta
8. Svetlana Kuznetsova
9. Dominika Cibulkova (+1)
10. Jelena Ostapenko (+1)
11. Agnieszka Radwanska (-1)
12. Madison Keys (+4)
13. Petra Kvitova (+1)
14. Angelique Kerber (-8)
15. Kristina Mladenovic (-2)
16. CoCo Vandeweghe (+6)
17. Sloane Stephens (+66)
18. Anastasija Sevastova (-1)
19. Elena Vesnina (-1)
20. Caroline Garcia (-1)


Bonus Bets United States
Change Location

Share this with your friends

To:
From:
Your comments:

New WTA Rankings for w/c September 11th, 2017: Muguruza new World No. 1; Stephens back in top 20 after stunning US Open win

Garbine Muguruza is officially the new World No. 1, 2016 U.S. Open champion Angelique Kerber has dropped out of the top 10 and shock 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens has sky-rocketed back into the top 20 as the WTA rankings take shape after a thrilling final Grand Slam of the season in New York.

Read more »

You have unread messages

You have unread messages