American women are dominating the WTA Top 20

4 are in the Top 20, and 1 has already qualified for the Paris 2024 Olympics

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When Serena Williams retired, there was a collective concern about how well American women would compete after she left the game. In 2024, tennis fans are getting their answer with four American women in the Top 20 rankings, and one American already qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Emma Navarro, fresh off her outstanding performance at Indian Wells, rises to a career-high No. 20 this week. She joins the "veterans" Coco Gauff (No. 3), Jessica Pegula (No. 5), and Madison Keys (No. 18) in this elite group.

These players are at different points in their careers with Pegula, 30, and Keys, 29, at one end of the spectrum and Gauff, 20, and Navarro, 22, at the other. While Gauff is the only one of the four to win a Grand Slam (and Keys is a Grand Slam finalist), there is no reason to believe that Gauff is one and done, or that the others cannot compete and win a Grand Slam in the right circumstances.

Gauff has also qualified for the 2024 Paris Olympics

It was a foregone conclusion that Gauff would qualify for the Olympic team, but she has done it three months before the Olympic games. That takes the pressure off her to focus on her tennis in Miami and beyond and not yet think about the Olympic competition.

In addition to these four in the Top 20, it is worth noting that two more American women are in the Top 50; Sloane Stephens (a Grand Slam champion) is 41st, and Caroline Dolehide, also coming off a great tournament at Indian Wells, is 50th. Others in the Top 100 are playing well, most notably Taylor Townsend, Danielle Collins retiring at the end of this year, and Peyton Stearns. With so much talent in the rankings, American tennis is in great hands in the post-Serena Williams era.

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