Simona Halep back to second despite losing Qatar Open final

Naomi Osaka remained top while Simona Halep moved up a spot as Petra Kvitova dropped two spots to fourth.

Published: 18th February 2019 07:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2019 07:18 PM   |  A+A-

Simona Halep

Halep moved up a spot despite losing to Mertens in Doha | AP

By AFP

PARIS: Simona Halep reclaimed second place in the WTA rankings on Monday after her run to the Qatar Open final, while Doha champion Elise Mertens climbed back into the top 20.

Halep moved up a spot as Australian Open runner-up Petra Kvitova dropped two places to fourth, with Sloane Stephens matching her career-best of third despite not playing since losing in the last 16 in Melbourne.

Naomi Osaka remains top of the standings, while Serena Williams returned to the top 10 for the first time since July 2017.

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Mertens rose to 16th after the Belgian rallied from a set down to beat Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday to claim the biggest title of her career.

WTA top 20:

1. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6,970 pts

2. Simona Halep (ROU) 5,537 (+1)

3. Sloane Stephens (USA) 5,307 (+1)

4. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5,120 (-2)

5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,055

6. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,020 (+1)

7. Angelique Kerber (GER) 4,960 (-1)

8. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,885

9. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3,565

10. Serena Williams (USA) 3,406 (+1)

11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3,325 (+1)

12. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 3,285 (+1)

13. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) 3,230 (+1)

14. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3,118 (-4)

15. Julia Goerges (GER) 2,820 (+1)

16. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,745 (+5)

17. Madison Keys (USA) 2,726

18. Wang Qiang (CHN) 2,605

19. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 2,510 (-4)

20. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 2,460 (-1)

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