WUHAN, China - The No.1 ranking is once again in play this week at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, where No.1 Garbiñe Muguruza will try to hold off No.2 Simona Halep and No.4 Karolina Pliskova for the top spot before the tour heads to next week's Premier Mandatory event at the China Open in Beijing.
"I'm just coming to the tournaments like normal, like before," Halep told reporters at All Access Hour. "No more pressure. If I would be able to get [to No.1], then I will be one day. But I just have to go and give my best every day I play and just enjoy the moment, not thinking about the future."
For Halep to become the 25th woman to hold the No.1 ranking, the following three things need to happen:
- Halep must make the final
- Muguruza must lose before the quarterfinals
- Pliskova must not win the Wuhan title
For Pliskova to recapture the No.1 ranking, the following two things need to happen:
- Pliskova must win the title
- Muguruza must lose before the semifinals
"Obviously to end the year being World No. 1 would be something nice, but I don't want to chase this position," Pliskova told reporters at All Access Hour. "I've been there. If it happens, I'm going to be happy. If not, it's okay, as well."
"My goal, for now, is to get to Singapore. I think I'm pretty close. It's not official yet. I still have to play some good matches here."
In addition to the three-way Battle for No.1, the field for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global should begin to crystallize this week. Currently, only Muguruza has officially booked her Singapore spot, meaning seven spots remain unclaimed.