Tue, Jul 11, 11:36am by Head Editor
While the focus of the tennis world is on who will take home the Wimbledon title this week, the race for the world number one ranking is alive and well in both the men’s and women’s side of the draw.
Let’s start off in the women’s, where current number one Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the running at Wimbledon by Garbine Muguruza, which means we will have a new female world number one at the end of this week.
Muguruza’s 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory marked the ninth consecutive time Kerber has failed to beat a top-20 opponent. She last achieved that feat in 2016 and she has now been beaten by Muguruza in five straight matches.
Romanian Simona Halep could take the world number one crown, if she can reach the semi-finals in Southwest London. Halep beat Victoria Azarenka to progress to the quarter-finals on Monday.
Halep is $1.95 to progress past Johanna Konta and into the final four, but if she loses, then 25-year-old Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic will move to top spot despite her second-round exit at the All England Club.
Andy Murray is the top ranked male player in the world, but heading into this tournament there were two other men who had the chance to dethrone him at the summit.
One of those was Rafael Nadal, who is of course coming off an amazing clay court season, where he won an unprecedented 10th French Open title, but after losing an absolute classic in the round of 16 against Gilles Muller, he’s out of contention.
The 15-time major champion fought back from two sets down before Muller took a fifth match point to win 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6 15-13 in four hours and 47 minutes, which means that Novak Djokovic is the only man left with the chance to replace Murray in the number one spot.
The Serbian is considered a $1.02 chance to get past the unseeded Mannarino ($10) in the final fourth round match, and a $4 chance to win the title, which would be enough to dethrone Murray, but only if the Scot loses his quarter-final match against American Sam Querrey.
Roger Federer cannot climb above third in the rankings, due to him missing the clay court season, but is a $2.37 favourite to win a record eighth Wimbledon crown. His next assignment comes on Wednesday night Australian time, when he’s a $1.22 chance against Milos Raonic ($4.35).
Women’s Wimbledon Champion
G Muguruza $5
J Konta $5
C Vandeweghe $5.50
S Halep $6
V Williams $6.50
J Ostapenko $7
S Kuznetsova $11
M Rybarikova $13
Men’s Wimbledon Champion
R Federer $2.37
N Djokovic $4
A Murray $4.50
M Cilic $7
G Muller $26
M Raonic $31
T Berdych $51
S Querrey $67
A Mannarino $301
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