Kiki Bertens has risen two places on the WTA ranking published on Monday. The Dutch can now call themselves the number eight in the world. Arantxa Rus climbs no less than sixteen positions and is now in the top eighty.

28-year-old Bertens recently reached the eighth finals at the Australian Open and scored her best result ever in Melbourne. Garbiñe Muguruza - the losing finalist - prevented the Westland from joining the last eight.

As Bertens stranded in the second round of the Australian Open last year, she earned the necessary points for the ranking and climbed to eighth place. Her best result is still the fourth position, the best rating ever for a Dutch tennis star. It is the first time since October that she is in the top eight.

Rus can also look back on the Australian Open with a good feeling. The 29-year-old from Delft reached the second round of the Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne for the first time since 2011 and had to acknowledge her superior in the American Madison Keys. Rus can now call himself the number 77 in the world.

Naomi Osaka is the largest descender on the WTA ranking. The 22-year-old Japanese won the Australian Open last year, but this time was already eliminated in the third round by fifteen-year-old Coco Gauff. Osaka drops six positions and now occupies tenth place. Sofia Kenin, this year's winner, rises from fifteenth to seventh position.

Top 10 WTA ranking and number of points

  • 1. Ashleigh Barty (Aus) - 8,367
  • 2. Simona Halep (Roe) - 6,101
  • 3. Karolína Plísková (Ch) - 5,290
  • 4. Elina Svitolina (Oek) - 4,775
  • 5. Belinda Bencic (Zwi) - 4,675
  • 6. Bianca Andreescu (Can) - 4,665
  • 7. Sofia Kenin (US) - 4,495
  • 8. Kiki Bertens (Ned) - 3,965
  • 9. Serena Williams (USA) - 3,915
  • 10. Naomi Osaka (Japanese) - 3,626

Arantxa Rus is now in the top 80 of the WTA ranking. (Photo: Pro Shots)

Djokovic new number one

Novak Djokovic is the new number one for men. The Serbian captured his eighth Australian Open title on Sunday by beating Dominic Thiem in an exciting final and relieving Rafael Nadal as leader of the world ranking.

Losing finalist Thiem rises to fourth place at the expense of Daniil Medvedev and is less than a hundred points behind number three Roger Federer. Nick Kyrgios climbs six places and is now in 20th place in the rankings.

Robin Haase chose challenger tournaments in Bangkok over participation in the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open and dropped two places to the 163rd position. De Hagenaar is still the leader of Dutch tennis.

Tallon Griekspoor did withstand the qualifications at the Australian Open and was allowed to take part in the main schedule of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career. The born Haarlemmer had no chance against Taylor Fritz in the first round and remains the number 175 in the world.

Top 10 ATP ranking and number of points

  • 1. Novak Djokovic (Ser) - 9,720
  • 2. Rafael Nadal (Spa) - 9,395
  • 3. Roger Federer (Zwi) - 7,130
  • 4. Dominic Thiem (Oos) - 7,045
  • 5. Daniil Medvedev (Russian) - 5,960
  • 6. Stéfanos Tsitsipás (Gri) - 4,745
  • 7. Alexander Zverev (Dui) - 3,885
  • 8. Matteo Berrettini (Ita) - 2,905
  • 9. Gaël Monfils (Fra) - 2,700
  • 10. David Goffin (Call) - 2,555