WTA Rankings: Osaka Maintains Lead Over Halep
Osaka reaches Australian open final (Image Courtesy AFP)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka maintained her lead at the top of the WTA rankings released on Monday.

The Japenese tennis star leads with a slim margin ahead of Romanian Simona Halep at the top of the rankings

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Osaka now sits 185 points ahead of Halep, with Czech pair Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova in third and fourth.

American Madison Keys, winner of the WTA event in Charleston last week, jumped four spots to 14th.

WTA rankings as of April 8

1. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 5,967 pts

2. Simona Halep (ROM) 5,782

3. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5,645

4. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,580

5. Angelique Kerber (GER) 5,220

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

7. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,640 (-1)

8. Sloane Stephens (USA) 4,386

9. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 4,275

10. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3,595

11. Serena Williams (USA) 3,461

12. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3,421 (+1)

13. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3,145 (-1)

14. Madison Keys (USA) 3,011 (+4)

15. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2,845 (-1)

16. Wang Qiang (CHN) 2,812

17. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,800

18. Julia Görges (GER) 2,630 (-3)

19. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 2,525

20. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,515 (+1)