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Pliskova new world No1 after Halep loss

Karolina Pliskova became the new world No 1 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 No 2 Simona Halep lost to Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Combined with current world No 1 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 No 1 without ever having lifted one of the four majors in tennis.

She nonetheless reached the US Open final last year, the French Open semifinals this year and has won four tour titles in the last calendar year: Cincinnati, Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne.

Halep would have become the new No 1 had she beaten Konta and made the semifinals.

"To be crowned the WTA No 1 player in the world is the ultimate accolade in our sport, and I would like to send my warmest congratulations to Karolina on this incredible achievement," said WTA chairman Steve Simon.

"Karolina is an exemplary athlete on and off the court and she truly deserves this fantastic moment in her career."

She becomes the the 23rd woman overall to top the computer rankings since they were introduced in 1975, and the first from the Czech Republic to do so. Martina Navratilova had defected from Czechoslovakia to the United States by the time she first hit No 1 in 1978.

Steffi Graf has spent the most weeks at No 1 (377), followed by Navratilova (332) and Serena Williams (319).

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


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