Karolina Pliskova has a fantastic opportunity to regain her world no.1 status after the current tournament in Wuhan.
Currently ranked no.2, the Czech was at the top of the rankings back in July 2017, but that didn’t last much. However, Karolina can get back her world no.1 status if she is not outperformed in Wuhan by Ashleigh Barty.
The Australian needs to defend 350 points in Wuhan as she reached the semifinal last year while Karolina lost in the opener last year. This means that as soon as the tournament started and Ashleigh dropped 350 points in the live rankings, the Czech became immediately the world no.1 (still in the live rankings).
However, both Ashleigh and Karolina have a tough draw. In fact, Pliskova will face Amanda Anisimova in her opening match with the dangerous American back on tour after the tragic death of her father. On the other side, Barty will play Caroline Garcia in her first match.
Karolina Pliskova’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.2, Pliskova played her last match on the 15th of September when she defeated Petra Martic 6-3 6-2 in the final in Zhengzhou to win her 15th career title.
This year the Czech has a 48-12 win-loss record. The Czech has won 4 titles in 2019 in Brisbane, in Rome, in Eastbourne and in Zhengzhou. The Czech was the finalist in Miami.