Naomi Osaka to suffer huge rankings collapse following Australian Open exit
Naomi Osaka will be ranked outside the top 80 once the WTA rankings update on 31st January, after the Australian Open concludes.
The Japanese star had her 2022 Australian Open journey ended by American talent Amanda Anisimova, the 20-year-old ousting her 10-5 in a match tiebreak.
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Naomi Osaka currently sits 14th in the world with 2696 ranking points, just ahead of Simona Halep.
However, 2000 of those points are carried over from when she won the 2021 Australian Open.
After so much time away from the court in 2021, and having crashed out in Melbourne in the third round, the four-time Major champion will now drop 1870 of those 2000 points she was defending from the 2021 event.
That will see Osaka fall at least 70 places to 84th in the world with 826 ranking points.
Depending on whether Kaia Kanepi (world number 115) and Maddison Inglis (world number 133) continue their campaigns Down Under, Osaka could even fall one or two spots further.
Osaka has been inside the top 20 for approaching four years since first breaking through in May 2018.
The fall to 84th will be her lowest ranking since 8th August 2016, when she was first ranked 84th.
By that point, Osaka had played in just two Slam main draws, and has since played 19 more, claiming the title at four.
While the 24-year-old will be well within the Slam qualification threshold of the top 100 or so players, she will not automatically qualify for lower level events, likely even WTA 1000 draws.
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