Angelique Kerber was upset by Garbiñe Muguruza at Wimbledon, which means that when the tournament ends there will be a new No. 1 player in the world.
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WIMBLEDON, England — Angelique Kerber will no longer be the No. 1 player in the world at the completion of Wimbledon this year.
The top-seeded Kerber, who was upset 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 by the 14th-seeded Garbine Muguruza in the fourth round on Monday, needed to reach the final to remain as the No. 1.
Kerber, who lost in last year’s Wimbledon final to Serena Williams, will be replaced in the top ranking by either the second-seeded Simona Halep or the third-seeded Karolina Pliskova.
“(Being No. 1) was completely new for me,” Kerber said. “But it was a good experience. I will try, of course, to coming back and being one day again the No. 1. But right now I’m really happy that I find my game back. I’m on court playing good tennis again. I think I can still improve it.”
Muguruza now holds a 5-3 lead over Kerber in their all-time matches. Muguruza also beat Kerber in their only other match against each other at Wimbledon – in three sets during the third round in 2015.
Both players won 101 points in Monday’s 2-hour, 20-minute match, which proves it matters where the points are won as to who will advance.
Overall, there were 18 break-point opportunities in the match, with Muguruza saving seven of 10 she faced, and Kerber being broken four of eight times.
Muguruza posted 55 winners and 50 unforced errors in the match, while Kerber had 27 winners and 12 unforced errors.
Muguruza will play the seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals. The Russian outlasted ninth-seed Agnieszka Radwanksa 6-2, 6-4 in the fourth round.