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Serena Set To Return To No.1 On April 24; Kerber Can Reclaim Top Spot In Stuttgart

23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams will take back the No.1 ranking after points from last year drop off; find out how Angelique Kerber can take back the top spot in Stuttgart.

Published April 17, 2017 12:13

Serena Set To Return To No.1 On April 24; Kerber Can Reclaim Top Spot In Stuttgart
Serena Williams

Serena Williams will return to No.1 on the WTA Rankings on April 24, 2017 - when the points from last year's Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart drop off.

Two-time defending Stuttgart champion Angelique Kerber will have an immediate chance to return to the top spot by reaching the semifinals of this year's event, which takes place a week later this year due to a shift in the calendar.

As top seed in Stuttgart, Kerber, who has held the No.1 ranking for 25 weeks, will receive a first-round bye, so will need to win two matches to overtake Williams.

2016 START DATES

TOURNAMENTS

2017 START DATES

April 18

Stuttgart

April 24

May 2

Madrid

May 8

May 9

Rome

May 15

May 23

Roland Garros

May 29

June 11

Birmingham

June 19

June 20

Eastbourne

June 26

June 27

Wimbledon

July 3

July 18

Stanford

July 31

July 25

Montreal / Toronto

Aug 7

The WTA Rankings are based on a 52-week, cumulative system with each player's singles ranking determined by 16 best results; WTA Finals participants count points earned as the 17th bonus tournament.

For Williams it will be her 317th week at No.1, the third most in WTA Rankings history behind only Stefanie Graf (377) and Martina Navratilova (332).

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