Ashleigh Barty is set to be replaced as the world No. 1 and Iga Swiatek is the top candidate to replace her when the WTA rankings list gets updated after the Miami Masters. On Wednesday, Barty announced a shock retirement from tennis at the age of 25.
On Thursday, Barty held a press conference, in which she confirmed she would fill out the paperwork to have her name removed from the WTA rankings list. Swiatek rose to a career-high ranking of No. 2 this Monday and in just over a week she could be the new No.
1. "If it is Iga, there is no better person. She's an incredible person, a great tennis player. The way that she's brought this fresh, fearless energy on to the court has been incredible," Barty said of Swiatek potentially replacing her as the new No.
1, per the BBC. "She thoroughly deserves it. I hope that she can take it and still be her, do it her own way, and really chase what she's after in her career and her dreams."
Swiatek on potentially replacing Barty
When asked about Barty's decision to retire, Swiatek revealed she "cried for a long time."
Also, Swiatek admitted she didn't even know that a player could choose to be removed from the rankings list. “I had whole night basically,” Swiatek said. “To be honest, at first it was really emotional for me.
I didn’t know about all the rules. I actually didn’t even know you could choose being removed because I didn’t follow any other athletes that were retiring. … I don’t want to really talk about it because it’s Ash’s decision.
I think she has all right to do, like, both things Swiatek has a great chance to be the next No. 1 as she holds everything in her hands. If Swiatek wins the Miami Masters, she will be the new No. 1 in just over a week. Swiatek could become the No. 1 even if she doesn't win Miami but then she depends on results from her rivals.