Tennis: Barty's number one spot under pressure from Pliskova

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 24 2019 10:29 AM

Ashleigh Barty of Australia hits a backhand against Qiang Wang of China (not pictured) in the fourth round on day seven of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

PARIS, France -- Ashleigh Barty remains the world number one for another week, according to the latest WTA rankings released Monday, but the Australian faces a tough battle in Wuhan if she is to stay on top.

Barty heads into her first round match against Caroline Garcia at the Wuhan Open with a 321-point lead over Karolina Pliskova in the rankings.

The 27-year-old Pliskova is in form having won in Zhengzhou earlier this month, unlike Barty who has struggled since her outstanding start to the season when she won the French Open and in Birmingham.

Barty has held the number one spot since the beginning of September having also occupied it in July and August.

Pliskova of the Czech Republic has not reached number one since summer 2017.

There were no changes in the top 10.

WTA rankings as of September 23:

1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6,446 pts

2. Karolína Plískova (CZE) 6,125

3. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,160

4. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 5,011

5. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 4,835

6. Simona Halep (ROU) 4,803

7. Petra Kvitová (CZE) 4,326

8. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,225

9. Serena Williams (USA) 3,935

10. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,738

11. Johanna Konta (GBR) 3,073

12. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2,835 (+3)

13. Madison Keys (USA) 2,827 (+3)

14. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 2,785 (-1)

15. Sloane Stephens (USA) 2,769 (-1)

16. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2,668 (-4)

17. Sofia Kenin (USA) 2,630 (+3)

18. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2,597 (-1)

19. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2,517 (-1)

20. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2,500 (-1)

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