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Osaka jumps back to No. 1 in rankings

AFPPARIS (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka returned to the world No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings on Monday.

The 21-year-old lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of last week’s Rogers Cup but benefited from the second round defeat of former No. 1 Ashleigh Barty and the failure of Karolina Pliskova to reach the semis in Toronto.

Osaka first hit top spot in January, after winning back-to-back majors in New York and Melbourne, making history as the first Japanese player to achieve it.

After seven weeks on top, Barty slipped to second with Pliskova in third.

The only other movement in the top 10 saw Williams, finalist in Toronto, climbing two places to eight, with Sloane Stephens going in the other direction.

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