Garbiñe Muguruza becomes new WTA World Number 1

Garbiñe Muguruza becomes new WTA World Number 1

Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza has been confirmed as the 24th player in WTA history to secure the No.1 ranking.

Muguruza became the new World Number 1 announced by the WTA on Monday despite tumbling out of US Open in the round of 16.

At the start of the 2017 US Open, eight players had a chance to hold the top ranking, including then Number 3-ranked Muguruza.

The Spaniard ensured her climb to summit ends the eight-week reign of 25 year old Karolina Pliskova by virtue of reaching the Round of 16 in New York for the first time.

While Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova dropped three positions to hold the fourth place, Simona Halep of Romania came in second, followed by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina.

The United States Venus Williams jumped four places to occupy the fifth position, ahead of sixth placed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.

Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova climbed to ninth spot, while Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko grabbed the 10th position.

But US Open champion Sloane Stephens’s rise is the most notable as she leapt up 66 places from 83 to 17th position.

Wimbledon champion, Muguruza, becomes the 24th woman overall to hold the Number 1 ranking and the second player representing Spain to achieve this historic milestone since computer rankings were introduced in 1975.

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