CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Lucie Safarova can move to the WTA World No.1 Doubles Ranking if she reaches the semifinals this week at the Western & Southern Open. The 20-year-old Czech has teamed up with her compatriot Barbora Strycova this week. The duo made the semifinals of the Rogers Cup last week and are seeded third in Cincinnati.
Safarova has held the No.2 ranking behind her regular doubles partner, No.1 Bethanie Mattek-Sands for 24 weeks this season. The American took over the top spot on January 9, 2017 and has held the No.1 ranking for 32 consecutive weeks. Mattek-Sands sustained a severe knee injury at Wimbledon that has ruled her out for the remainder of the season.
Safarova and Mattek-Sands teamed up to win three of the last four Grand Slams – French Open, Australian Open, and US Open – in addition to winning titles at the Dongfeng Wuhan Open, China Open, Volvo Car Open, as well as finishing as runners-up at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global last fall.
Safarova/Strycova will play their quarterfinal match against No.7 seeds Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty on Friday. A win would give Safarova the No.1 ranking, making it the first time in WTA history that two players representing the Czech Republic held the No.1 ranking in both singles and doubles.