Western & Southern Open Hosts Battle for No. 1 Ranking on Both WTA and ATP World Tour

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 is how the points can play out this week:

 

Aug. 14 Points

Points Off

L

3R

QF

SF

F

W

 

 

 

1

105

190

350

585

900

Pliskova

6940

900

6041

6145

6230

6390

6625

6940

Halep

6150

350

5801

5905

5990

6150

6385

6700

Kerber

5730

585

5146

5250

5335

5495

5730

6045

Svitolina

5650

185

5466

5570

5655

5815

6050

6365

Wozniacki

5340

180

5161

5265

5350

5510

5745

6060

 

                 L represents a second round loss, the first match for each player.


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. 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:

 

Aug. 14 Points

Points Off

L

3R

QF

SF

F

W

 

 

 

10

90

180

360

600

1000

Murray

7750

600

7150

7150

7150

7150

7150

7150

Nadal

7555

90

7475

7555

7645

7825

8065

8465

Federer

7145

0

7155

7235

7325

7505

7745

8145

 

                 L represents a second round loss, the first match for each player.


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About the Western & Southern Open

The Western & Southern Open will be held 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 the US Open Series

Now in its 14th season, the world's best players on the WTA and ATP World Tour are coming together for the US Open Series. Linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open, the US Open Series serves as a true regular season of hard court tennis.

Featuring a cohesive schedule, the Series centralizes the way tennis is viewed in North America, across multiple television and digital platforms. Fans will see today's top champions go head-to-head with tomorrow's emerging stars, as storylines develop throughout the summer season. Each tournament also engages its local community with a variety of outreach initiatives, including grassroots youth tennis clinics and activities.

 

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