Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka were the big losers when the WTA updated its rankings this week following the Australian Open.
Ash Barty’s achievement in becoming the first Australian in 44 years to win their home grand slam has seen her consolidate her place as World No.1.
However it’s bad news for Williams and Osaka, who have both suffered massive rankings drops.
Williams has fallen to a staggering 244th in the world following her absence from the Australian Open.
Because she made the semi-finals in 2021 she was defending a massive swathe of points, and her withdrawal from the first grand slam of the year means she has taken a huge hit in the rankings.
Williams hasn’t played since retiring hurt in the first round of Wimbledon with a leg injury after slipping on the wet surface.
She subsequently withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics and US Open and opted not to travel to Australia for the Melbourne Park grand slam.
As for Osaka, the four-time grand slam champion has also taken a huge hit, falling to World No.85.
The Japanese star was also defending huge points after winning the Australian Open in 2021, but suffered a shock third round loss to Amanda Anisimova this year.
Osaka also missed most of the second half of 2021, opting to take a break from the game to protect her mental health.
Fellow grand slam champions Sofia Kenin and Venus Williams have also tumbled down the rankings to World No.94 and 461 respectively.
American tennis writer Christopher Clarey said it was “hard to believe” the rankings falls of Williams and Osaka.