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Latest WTA Rankings 11 February 2019: Naomi Osaka to remain No. 1 this week despite pulling out of Doha

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Ranking 11 Feb 2019
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Naomi Osaka will remain No. 1 heading into next week despite withdrawing from the Qatar Open in Doha with a back injury.

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Reigning U.S. and Australian Open champion Osaka currently holds a 1,110-point lead at the top of the latest WTA rankings and cannot be dethroned this week - even though she was forced to pull out of the Premier Qatar Open in Doha due to a back injury.

With Fed Cup action taking place this weekend, there was no movement in the WTA top 100, but there is set to be a shake-up in the top 10 and 20 as some of the best players in the world converge in Doha for the fourth Premier tournament of the season.

Osaka and World No. 2 Petra Kvitova, who is the defending champion in Doha, are both absent, but six other top 10 stars will battle it out for the title, including Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens and Caroline Wozniacki.

Halep and Pliskova faced off in a blockbuster Fed Cup quarter-final showdown on the weekend, with Halep spearheading Romania to a 3-2 victory and into the semi-finals, including a superb triumph over Pliskova in the reverse singles.


Set to play her first tournament with new coach Thierry Van Cleemput, Halep made it to the semi-finals of the Qatar Open last year but unfortunately had to withdraw due to illness. The Romanian is a former champion of the Qatar Open back in 2014.

Pliskova is also a former winner in Doha, taking home the silverware in 2017 when she beat Wozniacki in the final, and she will be looking to bounce back from that Fed Cup defeat and pick up from where she left off in Melbourne, where she made the Australian Open semi-finals.

Other top 20 players scheduled to play in Doha this week include Anastasija Sevastova, Ashleigh Barty, Caroline Garcia and Anett Kontaveit, although it remains to be seen if Barty competes after the Australian just finished propelling her country to a Fed Cup quarter-final win over the USA in Asheville on Sunday.

Latest WTA rankings, Monday February 11


1. Naomi Osaka
2. Petra Kvitova
3. Simona Halep
4. Sloane Stephens
5. Karolina Pliskova
6. Angelique Kerber
7. Elina Svitolina
8. Kiki Bertens
9. Aryna Sabalenka
10. Caroline Wozniacki
11. Serena Williams
12. Anastasija Sevastova
13. Ashleigh Barty
14. Daria Kasatkina
15. Garbine Muguruza
16. Julia Goerges
17. Madison Keys
18. Qiang Wang
19. Caroline Garcia
20. Anett Kontaveit


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