Second-seeded Simona Halep, who beat Victoria Azarenka, 7-6 (3), 6-2, on Monday, will rise to the top of the ladder if she wins her quarterfinal against sixth-seeded Johanna Konta on Tuesday.
“I want to win more, not just one match,” Halep said, smiling. “So I’m not thinking about that.”
Konta defeated 21st-seeded Caroline Garcia, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4. With Andy Murray also advancing Monday on the men’s side, it is the first time that Britain has representatives in both the men’s and women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon since 1973.
If Konta beats Halep, the No. 1 spot will fall to third-ranked Karolina Pliskova, who lost in the second round to Magdalena Rybarikova last week. But Pliskova reached the final of last year’s United States Open and has won titles in Cincinnati, Brisbane, Doha and Eastbourne in the last 12 months.
”Whatever happens, happens,” Pliskova said after her second-round loss. “I’m not going to…