As many as 5 players are in the chase for Simona Halep’s coveted WTA World No.1 spot with the likes of No.2 Caroline Wozniacki, No.3 Garbine Muguruza, No.4 Elina Svitolina, No.6 Karolina Pliskova, and No.7 Jelena Ostapenko all having a chance to leave Australia with the No.1 ranking. We take a look at the WTA World No.1 scenarios for some of them!
In what was a turnaround 2017 season for the Dane, Wozniacki reached the Top-5 of the WTA rankings for the first time since 2015. She is also a Top 2 seed at a Grand Slam for the first time in 6 years.
Following a Semi-Final run in Melbourne in 2011, Wozniacki has progressed past the Fourth Round at the Australian Open just once. She is bidding to reach the Numero Uno spot for the first time since January, 2012.
Scenario: Wozniacki needs to reach at least the Semi-Finals to have a chance
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The youngest active player to have won two Grand Slam titles, Muguruza became the 24th different WTA World No.1 but was dethroned by Halep after a short stint.
One of the frontrunners for the Australian Open title, the Spaniard might have injured herself in Brisbane but she is fine now. Losing in the quarters last year to Coco Vandeweghe, Muguruza would be gunning to at least do justice to her seeding and also try going all the way Melbourne.
Scenario: Muguruza needs to reach the finals to have a chance
One of the most in-form players over the last year, Svitolina won a tour leading 5 titles last year and commenced her 2018 season with a title in Brisbane.
Her win in Brisbane helped the Ukrainian earn a Top-4 seeding in Melbourne and she comes into this tournament as one of the favourites.
She is yet to move past the Third Round at the Australian Open.
Scenario: Svitolina needs to at least reach the Semi-Finals to have a chance
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The first player representing Czech Republic to hold the No.1 ranking, Pliskova has been a force to reckon with on the faster surface.
‘Ace Queen’ as she is popularly known, Pliskova was the ace leader on the WTA Tour last year and the Czech would be looking break her personal best Quarter – Final appearance in Melbourne.
Scenario: Pliskova needs to win the title, with other results falling in her favor.