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Australian Open 2019: Eleven players compete for first place in Melbourne



Halep plays in the first round of Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Tuesday, a rematch of the first-round encounter at the US Open last fall, which saw the powerful Estonian go furious. Should Halep take over the game, defending champion Wozniacki and No. 10 Daria Kasatkina will be out of the race to overtake. If Halep wins her match in the first round, she will also beat Shenzhen No. 1 winner Aryna Sabalenka.

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US Open champion Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens have to reach at least the quarter-finals to claim a first-place chance. Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber, who was seeded # 2, has to make at least the semifinal, as well as WTA Finals champion Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova. The Brisbane World Champion, Karolina Pliskova and Kiki Bertens, must at least make the final to have a chance at # 1

. Her career on October 9, 2017 was the first Romanian – and 25th WTA World No. 1 in history – which reached this historic milestone since the computer ranking was introduced in 1975. The 27-year-old retains only the 13th WTA player After the 45th weekend of the No. 1 individual in the year-end, she reached her career to a total of 64. The two terms of the Australian Open 2019 Haleps 47th and 48th consecutive weeks to be on the WTA ranking. [19659006]
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