Rankings watch: Can Halep hold onto No.1?

Published by Leigh Rogers

MOVING ON: Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Angelique Kerber in the Roland Garros quarterfinals; Getty Images
With the world No.1 ranking having the potential to change across all disciplines at Roland Garros 2018, Tennismash checks in on how the different scenarios are playing out.

Six women could have left Paris with the No.1 ranking – but the battle is now down to two players and will be decided on women’s semifinal day.

Simona Halep is not only aiming to reach a third Roland Garros final when she faces Garbine Muguruza – she is also playing to retain her No.1 ranking.

REPORT: Muguruza sets up Halep showdown

If Muguruza beats Halep, she will return to No.1 for the first time since her four-week reign in September last year.

Projected rankings after RG18 
Result SF F W
Simona Halep 2 1 1
Garbine Muguruza 3 1 1
Sloane Stephens 6 4 4
Madison Keys 10 9 7

Men’s singles

Rafael Nadal’s fate is still in his own hands. The Spaniard needs to win the title to retain his No.1 ranking. If not, Roger Federer returns to the top of the ATP rankings.

Projected rankings after RG18 
Result QF SF F W
Rafael Nadal 2 2 2 1
Marin Cilic 5 4 4 3
Juan Martin del Potro 6 4 4 3
Dominic Thiem 8 7 7
Diego Schwartzman 11 11 9 7
Marco Cecchinato 27 18 11

REPORT: Nadal under pressure in quarterfinals

Women’s doubles

There will be a new No.1 in women’s doubles after Roland Garros – well, actually two of them.

Chinese Taipei’s Latisha Chan needed to reach the quarterfinals to continue her 33-week run as No.1, but lost in the second round.

Hungarian Timea Babos could have claimed the top spot by reaching the final, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

These results mean Russians Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova will rise to co-No.1s.

The long-time partners have won three Grand Slam titles together, claiming their first at Roland Garros in 2013. They are also former WTA Finals and Olympic champions.

They competed with different partners in Paris this year, both losing in the first round. Vesnina later explained the split was temporary and due to “unfortunate timing” as Makarova was unwell at the time of the entry deadline “so we just didn’t want to risk”. They are reportedly reuniting on grass to defend their Wimbledon title.

Men’s doubles

Croatian Mate Pavic’s No.1 ranking was under threat in Paris – but the 24-year-old is now safe at the top.

Poland’s Lukaz Kubot, American Mike Bryan and Australian John Peers each could have replaced Pavic at No.1, but all were eliminated before the semifinals.

Pavic and his No.2-ranked Austrian partner Oliver Marach are the only top-10 ranked players left at the semifinal stage.

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