Wimbledon

Pliskova new world No 1 after Halep loss

2017-07-11 20:43
Karolina Pliskova (Getty Images)

London - Karolina Pliskova became the new world number one on Tuesday - despite tumbling out of Wimbledon in the second round and never having won a Grand Slam.

The 25-year-old Czech will jump up from third place to the top of the post-Wimbledon rankings on Monday after world number two Simona Halep lost to Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Combined with current world number one Angelique Kerber falling in the fourth round, Pliskova's points for reaching round two are enough to see her scrape to the top of the world rankings.

Pliskova becomes number one without ever having lifted one of the four majors in tennis.

She nonetheless reached the US Open final last year, the French Open semi-finals this year and has won three tour titles in 2017: Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne.

Halep would have become the new number one had she beaten Konta and made the semi-finals.

After reaching the semi-finals, Konta will be in the top five for the first time, while Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza will be back in the top 10.

Wimbledon results on Tuesday, the eighth day of the 2017 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeding):

Men

Fourth round

Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

Women

Quarter-finals

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x14) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS x7) 6-3, 6-4

Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA x24) 6-3, 6-3

Venus Williams (USA x10) bt Jelena Ostapenko (LAT x13) 6-3, 7-5

Johanna Konta (GBR x6) bt Simona Halep (ROM x2) 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4

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