Tennis: Serena Williams drops out of WTA top 50

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jan 18 2022 01:59 AM

Serena Williams has dropped out of the world's top 50 for the first time since 2006, the US tennis great sitting 59th in the WTA rankings released on Monday.

The 40-year-old played just 6 tournaments in 2021 and none since her tearful Wimbledon first-round exit with a leg injury ended the 23-time Grand Slam champion's latest bid to equal Margaret Court's all-time record.

Williams has dropped 12 places in the rankings, which are led by Ashleigh Barty ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Sydney winner Paula Badosa moves up to a career-high 6th following a blistering 2021 season in which she reached the French Open quarterfinals, the 24-year-old Spaniard having started last year ranked 67th.

American Madison Keys, a former world No. 7, has jumped 36 places to 51st after her Adelaide victory, claiming a WTA title more than 2 and a half years after her last tournament win in Cincinnati.

WTA Top 20

1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 7,111 pts
2. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 5,698
3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 5425
4. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 5,213
5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 4,582
6. Paula Badosa (ESP) 4,264 (+3)
7. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 4,231
8. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 4,071 (-2)
9. Iga Swiatek (POL) 3,916 (-1)
10. Ons Jabeur (TUN) 3,500
11. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,968
12. Elena Rybakina (KAZ) 2,765 (+1)
13. Sofia Kenin (USA) 2,762 (-1)
14. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 2,696
15. Simona Halep (ROM) 2,657
16. Cori Gauff (USA) 2,655 (+3)
17. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2,641 (-1)
18. Emma Raducanu (GBR) 2,595
19. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2,530 (+2)
20. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2,517 (-3)