Serena Williams can reclaim the top spot atop the WTA Women's Singles Rankings at the Qatar Open, a spot the 15-time major champion has not held since October 2010. The second-ranked Williams will move up if she reaches the semifinals of the tournament, which begins Feb. 18, and features nine of the top 10 players. The 31-year-old American would be the oldest woman to reach the number one spot. Chris Evert held the top ranking in 1985, just shy of her 31st birthday.
"You know, just taking it one day at a time, basically,'' Serena said. ''So I will see how I feel after my first match.''
Williams lost the top spot atop the WTA Rankings to Caroline Wozniacki in 2010 and tumbled down the rankings due to a series of health issues. Over the past year, she has won Wimbledon, an Olympic Gold Medal, the U.S. Open and the season-ending WTA championships. She lost only one match in 2012 after her first-round exit at the French Open.
If Serena loses at the Qatar Open, current top-ranked Victoria Azarenka will remain at the top by reaching the final. Third-ranked Maria Sharapova also has a chance to return to number one if she wins the tournament, Serena fails to advance to the semis and Azarenka doesn't reach the final. Azarenka is 1-11 against Serena head-to-head, the last matchup a three-set loss in the U.S. Open finals in September.
"It will be great. I think it will be a great feeling,'' Serena said. ''I obviously want it, but it's not the only thing I want, so if it happens, great. If not, I won't miss anything, I don't think.''