Latest WTA Rankings 2 July 2018: Can Simona Halep hold onto her No. 1 ranking at Wimbledon?

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Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki appear set to duel for the No. 1 ranking again in 2018 at Wimbledon as this year’s two Grand Slam champions target a first title at the All England Club.


Less than a month removed from winning her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, Halep is in pole position to hold onto the No. 1 ranking after Wimbledon - even if she doesn’t come away with the trophy.

Halep currently holds a 961-point lead over Wozniacki at the top of the WTA rankings - and that’s with the Dane winning the Eastbourne title on Saturday.

Halep is defending quarter-final points from Wimbledon last year, while Wozniacki only made it to the fourth round 12 months ago (she’s never been to the quarter-finals in her career so far). There’s a lot of permutations before the tournament stars, but basically, if Halep out-performs Wozniacki, she’s almost guaranteed to remain No. 1.

Garbine Muguruza - ranked No. 3 in the world - can’t gain any points (she’s currently on 6,550) because she won the title last year, while No. 4 Sloane Stephens (who has 5,463 points and lost in R1 last year) could make things interesting if she can win the title and Halep and Wozniacki lose early. The same goes for No. 5 Elina Svitolina (5,250), but the Ukrainian - who is defending fourth round points - has never been past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and has the toughest draw of the top eight seeds as she’s slated to face seven-time champion Serena Williams in the third round.


Those rounding out the top 10 ahead of Wimbledon include No. 6 Caroline Garcia (4,960), No. 7 Petra Kvitova (4,610), No. 8 Karolina Pliskova (4,310), No. 9 Venus Williams (3,971) and No. 10 Angelique Kerber (3,545).

Out of those, two-time champion Kvitova is the most likely to make an impact and rise up the rankings, with the Czech losing in the second round last year and one of the form players of 2018, winning five titles already - including the Birmingham silverware on grass a couple of weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Wozniacki will be confident of making a first ever Wimbledon quarter-final after capturing her second Eastbourne title on Saturday.

The Dane conquered several top players on her way to the title, including Camila Giorgi Johanna Konta, Ash Barty, Angelique Kerber and Aryna Sabalenka.

“It’s just amazing, it’s been a long time ago since I was here as the winner of this tournament, so it’s great that I can still play almost 10 years later,” Wozniacki said after the match.

Despite the disappointment of losing the third WTA final of her young career, 20-year-old Sabalenka continues her rapid rise up the rankings, with the Belarusian climbing 13 spots to a career-high mark of No. 32 - putting her in a great position to be seeded at the U.S. Open later this year.

Latest WTA Rankings, Monday July 2


1. Simona Halep
2. Caroline Wozniacki
3. Garbine Muguruza
4. Sloane Stephens
5. Elina Svitolina
6. Caroline Garcia
7. Petra Kvitova (+1)
8. Karolina Pliskova (-1)
9. Venus Williams
10. Angelique Kerber (+1)
11. Madison Keys (-1)
12. Jelena Ostapenko
13. Julia Goerges
14. Daria Kasatkina
15. Elise Mertens
16. CoCo Vandeweghe
17. Ashleigh Barty
18. Naomi Osaka
19. Magdalena Rybarikova
20. Kiki Bertens


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Latest WTA Rankings 2 July 2018: Can Simona Halep hold onto her No. 1 ranking at Wimbledon?

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