Thursday, September 29, 2016

Will Serena Williams claim back the number one ranking?

Will Serena Williams claim back the number one ranking?

Serena Williams was enjoying her record run of 186 consecutive weeks as the world number one, she was dominating the WTA tour without any problems and for the other players was almost impossible to be able to reach that special place in the list, until the American slowed down due to injury and Angelique Kerber took her chance at the US Open 2016 where she won the title and set new goals for her and at least the other top 10 players.

On Monday, September 12th, the woman who owned the top of the WTA ranking since February 2013 was no longer there and that day marked a before and after moment in the tour as many top 10 players now see more clearly the chance to reach the top like Kerber did.

It is true that the German is having a terrific season, she defeated Serena to win the Australian Open in January, then was the runner-up to the American at Wimbledon in July and beat Karolina Pliskova in the US Open final, but she did more than win a grand slam event she ended the dominated power that Serena had not only in the ranking but also psychologically over all the players on the circuit.

Kerber showed her colleagues that it was possible to reach the top and players like Halep, Radwanska and Muguruza started to believe it too after three years and a half where they saw only Serena in that position.

Now the big question is, will Kerber be able to hold on to the number one spot? Or will Halep, Muguruza and Radwanska go for that sweet place without doubts? Will Serena come back stronger to reclaim her spot?

I know this, I will follow William Hill Women's tennis betting page every day from now on to follow every match, every player, every tournament, because the battle that these amazing athletes will perform to claim or keep the glory, the top spot of the ranking, will be something I do not want to miss.

The end of the season will be on fire, but will also be the 2017 season because Williams not only will want her top ranking spot back she will go also for her 23rd Grand Slam title that will take her past the record she shares with Steffi Graf.

The American pulled out of the Wuhan Open and next week's China Open in Beijing due to injury. She said she could still play the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Her withdrawal almost guaranteeing that Kerber, who did play at the Wuhan Open, will end the year as world number one.

The German received a bye in the first round, then in her first match as a reigning World No.1 she faced Kristina Mladenovic and took a 6-7, 6-1, 6-4 win but in the third encounter she was not able to get past Petra Kvitova and lost 7-6, 5-7, 4-6.

Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep and Agnieska Radwanska will be in action too, as they want to stay as close as possible from Kerber.


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