TOKYO, JAPAN - JULY 20: Naomi Osaka of Team Japan trains in Center Court Ariake Tennis Park ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on July 20, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Naomi Osaka is one of the most well-known tennis players in the world. She has, however, had a difficult season since winning the Australian Open in 2021.

As a result, the Japanese star has been steadily losing ground in the WTA Rankings. She lost her 2019 points and slid lower in the world rankings after the Pan Pacific Open was cancelled.

Players did not lose 2019 rankings points for the majority of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, as a new ranking rule was implemented to combat the impact of the coronavirus. However, since the system has returned to normal, players have begun to lose points.

Osaka recently lost 1870 points after failing to defend her US Open title. She has also lost 470 points from her Pan Pacific Open victory in 2019 due to the tournament’s cancellation.

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Drop in Naomi Osaka’s ranks. Source: ndtv.com

Naomi Osaka ranking updates

After her victory in Melbourne, Osaka was ranked second in the world. She, on the other hand, missed out on enormous possibilities to collect more points by missing the French Open and Wimbledon.

Osaka presently has a total of 4326 ranking points and is ranked eighth in the world. After losing points at her home tournament, the Pan Pacific Open, she slid three places.

Surprisingly, the 23-year-old lost in the third round of the US Open 2021 to Leylah Fernandez, a teenage phenom. Fernandez finished the competition as the runner-up.

On the WTA Tour, Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, and Belinda Bencic are also active. As a result, there’s a risk Osaka will drop out of the Top 10.

Unfortunately, following her loss at the US Open, the four-time Grand Slam champion revealed that she will be retiring from tennis. This year has been very trying for Osaka in terms of her mental health.

Furthermore, if Osaka does not return, she may not even be able to compete in the WTA Finals. However, it’s clear that Osaka needs to take as much time as she needs until she’s ready to return to the Tour.

In October, the Japanese star could make a surprise appearance at the Indian Wells tournament.

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