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Sofia Kenin moves up to career-best fifth in WTA rankings despite poor Dubai show

Sofia Kenin moved two places up from seventh in the WTA rankings despite a poor show in Dubai

Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin attained her best WTA rankings of No.5 despite an early exit from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship.

Kenin moved up two places from seventh in the WTA rankings, which she had achieved after her Grand Slam winning display in Australia a few weeks back. This was also the 21-year-old Kenin’s first-ever Grand Slam title.

However, Kenin suffered a shocking first-round defeat to crash out.

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Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin achieved her career-best WTA ranking by moving to fifth place. (Getty Images)

Kenin lost against eventual runner-up and rising star Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan earlier in the tournament. The American trails current US Open champion Bianca Andreescu, who moved to a new career-high No.4 and is followed by Dutch player Kiki Bertens.

2018 US Open winner Ashleigh Barty and this year’s Dubai Open champion Simon Halep have had no changes in their rankings as they stay first and second respectively.

Coco Gauff achieves a rare feat

Coco Gauff achieved a rare feat by becoming the first 15-year-old to be ranked inside the WTA top-50 since August 2005.

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American teenager Coco Gauff entered the top-50 WTA rankings. (Getty Images)

Last time such an incident happened was back in August 2005, with Bulgarian tennis player Sesil Karatancheva. Currently ranked 49, Gauff has now made her maiden entry into the top-50 category.

Serena Williams, meanwhile, has improved her rankings by climbing just one spot to eighth.

However, former Dubai Open champion Belinda Bencic fell five spots down to ninth place after a series of poor results in recent games.

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