Naomi Osaka has opened a wider gap in the rankings even if she has been struggling to go very deep in the tournaments after the Australian Open title.
The world no.1 is having a decent, but not smashing, run on clay after she reached the semifinals in Stuttgart and the quarters in Madrid and Rome. It’s also worth to notice that the Japanese has a strong 7-1 win-loss record on clay as she had to withdraw from 2 events of 3 because of injuries (abs in Stuttgart and right hand in Rome).
After reaching the quarters in Rome, Naomi opened up a good gap vs. Simona Halep that crashed out in the opener. However, she now needs to keep tabs on Karolina Pliskova that after winning the title in Italy went 5 places up in the rankings to be the new world no.2.
Maria Sakkari like Stefanos Tsitsipas
Among the top movers of the week, Maria follows the steps of her rumored boyfriend Stefanos Tsitsipas to also reach the semifinal in Rome and achieve a new world no.29 career rank.
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