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Wimbledon 2017: Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova go after Angelique Kerber’s World No 1 ranking
Ever since Serena Williams opted to take time off the court after announcing pregnancy, the women’s tennis circuit has seen three World No 1 holders. The top ranking has switched hands between Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza. Now there is a possibility of a fifth World No 1 just this season (including Serena) with Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina going for glory in Beijing at the China Open.
Halep has had multiple bites at the cherry but faltered on each occasion. She had a chance to take the World No 1 trophy at the French Open, then at Wimbledon but on both instances she failed to capitalise on the opportunity. As she faces Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals, the Romanian will have to reach the final to topple current World No 1 and reigning US Open champion Muguruza. If Halep continues her brutal form that she showed against Maria Sharapova – for her first win over the Russian – there is no stopping her.
Meanwhile Svitolina, currently third in the WTA rankings, also has a shot at becoming the new World No 1 should she go on to win the title. She faces Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia in her quarterfinal. The Ukranian has had a great year winning three Premier titles and five tournaments in total. She reached the semis in Beijing last year and would hope to do better this time around.
Other players remaining in the fray for the title are French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko, Sorana Cirstea (who beat former World No 1 Pliskova), Barbora Strycova and Petra Kvitova.
In case of a Halep-Svitolina final, the winner of the final WTA Premier tournament will become the next top ranked player in the world and the 25th since the rankings structure began.
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