Emma Raducanu US Open 2021

Emma Raducanu one of four new career-highs in WTA top 20

Emma Raducanu has once again improved upon her career-best ranking, alongside three more women in the WTA top 20.

The US Open champion has climbed another step higher in the WTA rankings following the latest update.

Raducanu is now ranked 19th in the world, just above Simona Halep and behind Jessica Pegula in 18th.

Pegula also enjoys a new career-high ranking, one better than her previous best of 19th.

Raducanu trails the American by just 23 ranking points, and 17th ranked Petra Kvitova by just 33 points.

Within the top 10, Paula Badosa and Anett Kontaveit have risen to eigth and seventh respectively after their performances at the WtA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Kontaveit won 26 of 28 matches leading into the elite season-ending event, and reached the final before losing to champion Garbine Muguruza.

Badosa got as far as the semi-finals before compatriot Muguruza also overcame her.

After winning the title, Muguruza also climbs, from fifth to third, her first time in the top three since July 2018.

The Spaniard boasts a career-high of first, a position she held for four weeks from September to October 2017.

She swaps with Roland Garros champion Barbora Krejcikova, who falls from third to fifth after going out of the singles at the WTA Finals in the group stage.

Ons Jabeur also falls but stays within the top 10. She goes from seventh to 10th in the WTA rankings.

Elise Mertens has dropped out of the top 20, while Coco Gauff drops one spot from 21st to 22nd, three off her career-high of 19 from September this year.

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