Naomi” osaka> will be the world No. 1 again on the WTA Rankings on Monday, August 12. The Japanese player will overtake Ashleigh Barty, who lost to Sofia Kenin in the Rogers Cup opening round. That meant that Osaka and Karolina Pliskova could have been at the top of the rankings again.
Pliskova lost to Bianca Andreescu on Friday in a three-set quarter-final match. Osaka became the No. 1 for the first time on January 28 after winning her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. An important time of the season is coming for Osaka who will try to defend the US Open title which made her earn 2,000 points.
Asked if eyes being on Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams in Toronto helped her, Osaka, who admitted she was influenced by the pressure earlier this year, said: “I mean, yeah, but also no. I don’t really pay attention to things.
So I’m not really the one to ask that. But, yeah, I mean, I hit on Court 10 a lot now, so it’s kind of far from everyone. So I don’t really see as many people as I normally do. But also, at the same time, that’s also due to me trying to really focus this tournament.”
Osaka also praised the former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki: “I’ve played and practised with Caroline a couple of times. She’s one of the best returners in the game. She moves really well, and she’s quite a good counter-puncher.”