This week marks the first week under the adjusted WTA ranking system that was approved last week. Under the adjusted system, points earned from last week’s Miami Open presented by Itaú have been added to the rankings, while points earned in 2019 at Miami, Guadalajara, Charleston and Monterrey have dropped off.Here is a look some of his week’s ranking movement, following the completion of this year’s second WTA 1000 tournament of the 2021 season:Hsieh Su-Wei returns to topHsieh Su-Wei returns to the top of the WTA Rankings in doubles this week, marking the 40th week of her career as WTA World No.1 in doubles. After first climbing to No.1 in 2014, Hsieh most recently held the top spot for 31 consecutive weeks before being replaced earlier this year on Feb. 22 by Aryna Sabalenka. Seven weeks later, Hsieh has returned to the top spot.
Hsieh has most recently won titles at 2019 Wimbledon, 2019 Madrid, 2020 Doha, 2020 Rome, 2020 Dubai and 2020 Brisbane, accounting for more than half of her ranking points.Japanese doubles duo reaches career high entering the 2021 season, neither Shuko Aoyama nor Ena Shibahara had reached the Top 20 in doubles. Aoyama’s best ranking before the season was No.21, while Shibahara had reached No.23.After winning the biggest title of their career in Miami, a WTA 1000 tournament, the Japanese doubles team both reached a career-high ranking, sharing the No.13 spot in this week’s doubles rankings. With three doubles titles to their credit this year, they also occupy the top spot on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen Leaderboard.
Barty extends stay at No.1WTA World No.1 Ashleigh Barty returned to Miami to repeat as the champion at the Miami Open, capturing her 10th career singles title. Barty extends her stay at No.1, bringing her career total to 70 weeks atop the WTA Rankings, a mark that stands as the 10th most in WTA history. Next week, she will tie Caroline Wozniacki for ninth on the list when she extends her tally to 71 weeks at No.1.Barty holds a 1,201-point lead over No.2 ranked Naomi Osaka. Last week in Miami, Osaka threatened to regain the WTA World No.1 ranking but fell short with a loss in the quarterfinals as Maria Sakkari snapped her 23-match win streak. Sorribes Tormo reaches career highSara Sorribes Tormo makes her Top 50 debut this week as she climbs 10 spots to a career-high ranking of No.48. Sorribes Tormo notched three wins over Top 30 opponents last week in Miami en route to the quarterfinals, where she fell short to eventual finalist Bianca Andreescu.This is the first time since the week of Sept. 30, 2019 that two Spanish women are ranked in the Top 50. Sorribes Tormo is joined by No.13 ranked Garbiñe Muguruza.