With Angelique Kerber’s defeat to Garbiñe Muguruza in the fourth round on Manic Monday, it was guaranteed that Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova will overtake the world no. 1 position in the WTA rankings next Monday.
Neither woman has held the top spot before.
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For the fifth year in a row Pliskova bowed out of Wimbledon in the second round. This time she lost a three setter to Magdalena Rybarikova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Pliskova won the warm-up event in Eastbourne before coming to the All England Club. So although the no. 3 seed suffered an early exit, she did defend her 2016 Wimbledon points and have the added bonus of winning Eastbourne.
The Top 3 – Kerber, Halep, Pliskova – have been in a league of their own over the past few months. Nearly 2,000 points (the equivalent winnings of a Grand Slam title) separate world no. 4 Serena Williams from Pliskova (currently no. 3). Elina Svitolina is next up at the no. 5 ranking and is roughly 2,100 points back of the Top 3.
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Heading in to Manic Monday at Wimbledon, the scenario stood: Halep no. 1 with a semi-final appearance, Kerber no. 1 with the final, winner of Wimbledon if both make the final.
With Kerber’s loss to Muguruza, Halep stands in full control of the WTA ranking positions. Next up for Halep will be local favourite and the lone British woman left, Johanna Konta.
Konta leads the head-to-head 2-0 against Halep. Both wins came in three tight sets and were on hard courts. Most recently, Konta defeated Halep 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 in Miami en route to winning the title.
At Wimbledon, Halep has not dropped a set en route to the quarterfinals. Two of Konta’s four matches so far have gone the distance, including her second round match against Donna Vekic that went 10-8 in the third set. Konta’s run marks the first time a British woman reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals since Jo Durie in 1984. Konta has spent almost eight hours on court, Halep just under six hours.
Halep’s season includes a 26-8 win-loss record, a second straight title at the Mutua Madrid Open and runner-up appearances in Rome and Roland Garros. Her best Wimbledon result came in 2014 when she made the semifinals before losing to Eugenie Bouchard.
Konta has won three career titles since July 2016. Two of those titles came earlier this season in Sydney and Miami. Konta holds a 29-9 record this year and is enjoying a career-best run at Wimbledon.
If Halep wins she will take over the no. 1 ranking with Pliskova no. 2, Kerber no. 3. If Halep were to lose, Pliskova would be the no. 1, Halep no. 2 and Kerber no. 3. After Wimbledon, all three will be back in action at Rogers Cup this August with Halep as the defending champion.
Halep vs. Konta will take place Tuesday, July 11 at Wimbledon. Win or lose, a new women’s no. 1 will emerge.