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Dubai Tennis champion Belinda Bencic climbs 22 places in WTA world rankings

Swiss player won her first title in nearly four years, beating four top-10 players including Petra Kvitova in the final

Belinda Bencic is the biggest climber in the WTA world rankings on Monday as the Swiss player moved up to just outside the top 20 following her title success at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Bencic, 21, eliminated four top-10 players in Dubai last week to clinch the third title of her career. After two seasons severely disrupted by injury, the former world No 7 has been rewarded by a surge up to No 23 in the world.

Beaten finalist, Petra Kvitova, is back into the top three, having briefly dropped to fourth after skipping her title defence in Doha the previous week. Kvitova's move drops Sloane Stephens down to fourth.

Naomi Osaka, who was visibly emotional after her second round defeat in Dubai, retains her place at top spot. Simona Halep, beaten by Bencic in the Dubai quarter-finals, holds on to the No 2 ranking.

The other move in the top-10 sees Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber swap places to seventh and eighth respectively.

Behind Bencic, the next biggest mover in the top-100 was Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, who climbed 19 places to No 62 after reaching the final in Budapest.

WTA Top-20:

1. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6,871 pts

2. Simona Halep (ROM) 5,727

3. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 5,605 (+1)

4. Sloane Stephens (USA) 5,307 (-1)

5. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 5,145

6. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4,900

7. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,885 (+1)

8. Angelique Kerber (GER) 4,880 (-1)

9. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3,565

10. Serena Williams (USA) 3,406

11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3,325

12. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 3,285

13. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 3,117 (+1)

14. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 2,985 (-1)

15. Julia Goerges (GER) 2,780

16. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2,745

17. Madison Keys (USA) 2,726

18. Wang Qiang (CHN) 2,580

19. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 2,460 (+1)

20. Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 2,430 (-1)

Selected:

23. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2,065 (+22)

62. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) 896 (+19)

Updated: February 25, 2019 03:34 PM

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