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Pliskova assured of taking over No. 1 ranking

The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Karolina Pliskova will rise to No. 1 in the WTA rankings for the first time next week despite a second-round loss at Wimbledon — and no Grand Slam titles.

Pliskova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic, was assured of moving up two places from No. 3 when the woman who currently is No. 2, Simona Halep, was beaten in the Wimbledon quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Pliskova will become the 23rd woman to spend time at No. 1.

Angelique Kerber will relinquish the top spot after exiting in the fourth round at the All England Club a year after making it to the final. Kerber first got to No. 1, overtaking Serena Williams, by winning the U.S. Open last September, beating Pliskova in the final.

Pliskova reached her second major semifinal at the French Open last month, losing to Halep there.

After losing to 87th-ranked Magdalena Rybarikova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 at the All England Club last week, Pliskova was asked about the possibility of still being able to go to No. 1.

“Well, for me, the tournament is over. So whatever happens, happens,” Pliskova said. “I’m not going to pray for somebody’s losing or winning.”

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