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Pliskova becomes world number one after Halep defeat

Pliskova becomes world number one after Halep defeat
From Reuters - July 11, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) - Czech Karolina Pliskova rose to the top of the WTA rankings without striking a ball on Tuesday as results at Wimbledon saw her overhaul Germany's Angelique Kerber.

By a quirk of the points-based ranking system the 25-year-old rose to the summit -- the 23rd player to do so -- thanks to Simona Halep's quarter-final loss to Johanna Konta.

Romanian Halep would have become world number one had she beaten the Briton but went down 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4.

Bizarrely Pliskova, seeded three at Wimbledon, lost in the second round to Magdalena Rybarikova but her consistent results this year, including reaching the French Open semi-finals, means she will be number one when the rankings are updated on Monday.

"Although right now I am not celebrating a victory on the court, I have become the world number one. And this really means a lot to me. Actually, I cant even realize what I have achieved," Pliskova wrote in a post on Instagram.

Despite never having won a grand slam tournament, the Monte-Carlo based player becomes the first Czech to be number one since the rankings were introduced in 1975.

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