The WTA will have a new player at the top of the rankings after the Miami Open. The latest news is that the abruptly retired world No.1 Ashleigh Barty will be erased from the WTA rankings once they are updated on Monday, April 4th.
Ashleigh Barty left the tennis world speechless on Wednesday, by announcing retirement at the height of her career, at just 25 years of age. The Australian is still the reigning champion at both Wimbledon and Australian Open, on top of being the No.1-ranked player.
The latest news is that Barty has confirmed that she’ll have her name removed from the WTA rankings. This will happen after she completes her 121st week at the top of the list, which is upon completion of the Miami Open.
Current world No.2 Iga Swiatek will secure No.1 position if she wins her second-round match against Viktorija Golubic in Miami, or if Paula Badosa loses her opening match. As reported by We Are Tennis, here’s what Barty said about Swiatek replacing her at the top spot:
“There is no better person to become world No.1. She is incredible. I loved playing against her, practicing with her and spending time with her team. She totally deserves it.”