Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova becomes new world No. 1

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic became the new world No. 1 in women’s tennis on Monday, taking the top spot from Germany’s Angelique Kerber. Pliskova moved up two spots from No. 3 to become the 23rd player in history to hold the top spot.

Her position in the top spot was confirmed after Romania’s Simona Halep quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon and failed to move up from No. 2. Pliskova has won three tournaments this year and lost in the semifinals at the French Open.

Pliskova was not the only player to make a big jump in the rankings. Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza of Spain moved up 10 spots to No. 5 in the world, while Great Britain’s Johanna Konta moved up three spots to No.4.

[More from Excelle Sports: Garbine Muguruza defeats Venus Williams in Wimbledon Final]

The former No. 1 Kerber, who lost to Muguruza at Wimbledon, dropped to third after 34 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Wimbledon finalist Venus Williams moved up to No. 9 in the world, while semifinalist Magdalena Rybarikova jumped to No. 33 after beating the newly-minted No. 1 Pliskova at Wimbledon.

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  • OND

    Number one while losing in the second round of a grand slam. And no grand slam trophy before that. Nah…..