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Pliskova emerges world No.1

PARIS

Karolina Pliskova is the new world number one in the latest WTA rankings released on Monday despite never having won a major tournament.

The 25-year-old Czech jumped from third place to the top after world number two Simona Halep lost in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and previous top-ranked player Angelique Kerber fell in the fourth round.

Pliskova becomes number one without ever having lifted one of the four majors in tennis.

She did however reach the US Open final last year, the French Open semi-finals this year and has won three tour titles in 2017: Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne.

Roger Federer climbed to third place in the latest ATP rankings on the strength of his record eighth Wimbledon triumph.

His 19th grand slam win saw the Swiss jump two places up the rankings still dominated by Britain’s Andy Murray, eliminated from Wimbledon in the quarter-finals, while Rafael Nadal, knocked out in the fourth round, holds on to second place.

Agence France-Presse