Tennis

Naomi Osaka returns to WTA world No. 1 spot; Kei Nishikori rises to fifth

Kyodo

Japan’s Naomi Osaka reclaimed the WTA world No. 1 spot as the new rankings were made official.

Despite making a quarterfinal exit from the Rogers Cup on Friday, Osaka replaced Ashleigh Barty at the top of the women’s world tennis rankings for the week of Aug. 12, ending the Australian’s eight-week reign as No. 1.

Osaka held the No. 1 spot for 18 consecutive weeks after winning her second major at the Australian Open in January, after becoming the first player from Asia to top the tennis rankings.

Meanwhile, Japan’s top men’s player, Kei Nishikori, moved up one spot in the ATP Tour world rankings from sixth to fifth, a position he last held in April 2017.