After Australia’s Ashleigh Barty claimed her first Grand Slam title in Paris, she sits at no. 2 in the rankings.
If Barty reaches the semifinals and current world no. 1 Naomi Osaka loses her first round match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari the Australian will take the no. 1 spot.
A title win for Barty with Osaka losing in the semis or before will also see Barty take the top ranking in tennis.
In will cap off a remarkable six months for Barty if she does achieve the top ranking, but I am sure she is following the one match at a time adage.
Barty got her 2019 WTA tour campaign underway at the Sydney International where she started the year ranked at no. 15. She would lose the final to Petra Kvitova.
During a media event on Sydney Harbour before the Sydney International Barty said her aim for the year was to get inside the top 10. She now has to rethink that goal.
The strong showing in Sydney was followed up by Barty reaching her first Grand Slam quarterfinal losing again to Kvitova.
The world took notice of Barty when she went all the way to claim the Premier Mandatory title in Miami at one of the biggest tournaments outside of the Grand Slams.
That win back in March took Barty inside of the top-ten. She reached the quarterfinals in Madrid at the start of May, and the round of 16 in Rome, before winning in Paris.