After discovering that she would debut atop the WTA rankings next Monday, Czech superstar Karolina Pliskova could hardly contain her excitement, posting a jubilant photo to Instagram and outlining her thoughts on the achieving the career milestone:
"I will definitely remember today!" Pliskova writes. "Although right now I am not celebrating a victory on the court, I have become the World No.1."
Pliskova has already won three titles in 2017, and four in the last 52 weeks. Her victory at the Aegon International put her in pole position to wrest the top spot from current No.1 Angelique Kerber, who will complete her 34-week reign atop the WTA rankings following the Wimbledon fortnight.
"This really means a lot to me. Actually, I can’t even realize what I have achieved. I worked very hard, as did all the people around me."
A heavy favorite to capture her first major title at the All England Club, Pliskova took a loss to Magdalena Rybarikova that gets less surprising with each passing day as the Slovak veteran clinched her spot in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Pliskova has reached the quarterfinals or better at three of the last four major tournaments, including a run to the US Open final last summer. She got within a set of taking the No.1 ranking back in the semifinals of Roland Garros, where she played a dramatic three-setter aganst Simona Halep.
"Thanks to everyone who believed in me, as well as to those who doubted. Being the world number one is also a big responsibility for me. I’m aware of that and I can promise I will do my best not to disappoint in this role. Hopefully I’ll succeed. Once again I’d like to thank my family, my team of the closest people around me.
"Without you I wouldn’t be where I am."