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TENNIS NEWS – ATP AND WTA NUMBER 1 RANKING TO BE DECIDED AT THE WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN • RAFA • ROGER • OR WHICH OF 5 LADY STARS?

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Photo by @CincyTennis via Twitter.

Five Women Have Opportunity To Reach WTA Top Spot;

Nadal or Federer Will Regain ATP World Tour No. 1 Ranking

 

Five women have a chance to hold the WTA’s No. 1 ranking after this week’s Western & Southern Open, while either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer will return to No. 1 on the ATP World Tour when the tournament concludes at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

 

The results from the upcoming week will be reflected when the tours release their first post-tournament rankings on Monday, Aug. 21.

 

WTA

Western & Southern Open defending champion Karolina Pliskova currently holds the WTA No. 1 ranking. However, the 900 points from her 2016 title will come off her ranking on August 21, which gives four players an opportunity to pass her based on her result this week.

 

Here are the five players who could be No. 1 at the end of the tournament:

Pliskova will enter the week with, in essence, a 240 point lead in the rankings when you factor in the 900 points that will come off her ranking next week. She first became No. 1 on July 17

No. 2 Simona Halep is looking to be ranked No. 1 for the first time

No. 3 Angelique Kerber is looking to get back to No. 1, having lost that ranking following Wimbledon after 34 weeks in the top spot

No. 4 Elina Svitolina is looking to reach No. 1 for the first time

No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki has been ranked No. 1 for 67 weeks in her career. She is looking to return to the top spot for the first time since Jan. 29, 2012

 

Pliskova can retain No. 1 in the following scenarios:

Winning the title

Reaching the semifinals as long as Halep does not win title

Reaching the quarterfinals as long as Halep does not reach final or Svitolina does not win title

Reaching the third round as long as Halep does not reach semifinal or Svitolina does not win title

With a loss in her first match as long as Halep does not reach semifinal, Svitolina does not reach final and neither Kerber nor Wozniacki win title

 

Halep can become No. 1 for the first time in the following scenarios:

Winning the title

Reaching the final as long as Pliskova does not reach semifinals

Reaching the semifinals as long as Pliskova does not reach semifinals and Svitolina does not win title

 

Svitolina can become No. 1 for the first time in the following scenarios:

Winning the title as long as Pliskova does not reach semifinals

Reaching the final as long as Pliskova loses her first match, Halep does not reach semifinals and Wozniacki does not win title

 

Kerber can regain No. 1 only by winning the title as long as Pliskova loses her first match and Halep does not reach semifinals.

 

Wozniacki can regain No. 1 only by winning the title as long as Pliskova loses her first match and Halep does not reach semifinals.

 

Here are how the points can play out this week:

 

ATP World Tour

Andy Murray’s withdrawal from the Western & Southern Open will see him lose the No. 1 ranking for the first time since Nov. 7, 2016, ending a run of 41 weeks in the top spot. Nadal, who has spent 141 weeks at the top of the rankings, is looking to return to No. 1 for the first time since July 6, 2014. Federer, who has spent 302 weeks at No. 1, is looking to return to that position for the first time since Nov. 4, 2012.

 

Should Nadal and Federer, the top two seeds, advance all the way, their meeting in the Aug. 20 final would not only determine the Western & Southern Open champion but also the ATP World Tour No. 1 ranking.

 

Nadal holds a 410 point lead over Federer heading into the tournament, though Nadal has 90 points to defend from the 2016 tournament. Federer would need to at least reach the semifinals to have a chance to overtake Nadal in the rankings.

 

Nadal would return to the No. 1 ranking in the following scenarios:

Winning the title

Reaching the final as long as Federer does not win title

Reaching the semifinals as long as Federer does not win title

Reaching the quarterfinals as long as Federer does not reach final

Reaching the third round as long as Federer does not reach final

With loss in first match as long as Federer does not reach semifinals

 

Federer would return to the No. 1 ranking in the following scenarios:

Winning the title

Reaching the final as long as Nadal does not reach semifinals

Reaching the semifinals as long as Nadal does not win a match

 

Here’s how the points can play out this week:

 

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About the Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open takes place August 12-20, 2017 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, OH. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), making it one of only five events in the world outside of the grand slams with events of that caliber occurring during the same week at the same venue. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $10 million directly to its beneficiaries: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth.

 

About PAUL FLORY. He grew the sport. He was dedicated to the “Cincy” Tournament. He had a passion few mortals possess.

He was one of the worlds best tournament directors as well as promoter. His tourney in CINCY pulls in tennis fans from all over the country. Heavy with about 15 states that are around it. It’s also hugely popular with people from all over the world. The event is fabulous. Paul is gone. But his legacy will last forever. He never paid himself a salary. Nothing for decades. Actually For his whole career.

He grew the sport versus greedy, lazy “undertakers” that lost their tournaments in America. Why do I call them undertakers? Simple. They are killing the sport. Tennis needs its PATRONS.