Despite losing in the quarter finals on Wednesday, Hungary’s Timea Babos is set to attain the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking following the Wimbledon championships, thereby becoming the first Hungarian tennis player to reach the top ranking in doubles or singles.
Current world doubles No.1 Ekaterina Makarova’s defeat means that Timea Babos, who won the Australian Open in January with France’s Kristina Mladenovic, will become the 39th woman to ascend to the top ranking.
The Hungarian has indeed enjoyed a fantastic season with her French partner, starting off by lifting her career first Grand Slam doubles trophy in Melbourne, as well as a runner-up finish at the Madrid Open, before capturing her 18th career doubles title in Birmingham.
The Sopron-born 25 year-old has forged multiple successful partnerships in her career and reached at least one doubles final in each of the last seven seasons, most notably winning the doubles trophy at last year’s WTA Finals in Singapore with Czech partner Sestini Hlavackova. She’s also a two-time Wimbledon finalist in 2014, with Mladenovic, and in 2016, with Yaroslava Shvedova from Russia.
If Timea Babos unfortunatly lost, Czech Republic’s Květa Peschke, Poland’s Alicja Rosolska and Czech pair Kateřina Siniaková and Barbora Krejčíková are all set to play today in two very Kafkadesk doubles semi-finals !