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List of WTA number 1 ranked players

The list of WTA number 1 ranked players shows the professional women's tennis players who have been or currently are ranked world No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association, along with the dates of first reaching and losing that spot. Since the WTA began producing computerized rankings on November 3, 1975, 21 women have reached the highest singles ranking. The WTA Rankings are a merit-based method for determining the rankings in women's tennis and the WTA releases ranking points weekly based on how players fared during the last 52 weeks.

Serena Williams, currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles tennis and the oldest player to hold the WTA No.1 ranking.

Contents

  • Singles 1
    • World No. 1 ranked players 1.1
    • Weeks at No. 1 1.2
      • Total 1.2.1
      • Consecutive 1.2.2
    • Weeks at No. 1 by country 1.3
    • Year-end No. 1 players 1.4
      • Per player 1.4.1
      • Per year 1.4.2
    • Players who were ranked world No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam tournament 1.5
  • Doubles 2
    • World No. 1 ranked players 2.1
    • Weeks at No. 1 2.2
      • Total 2.2.1
      • Consecutive 2.2.2
    • Weeks at number 1 by country 2.3
    • Year-end No. 1 players 2.4
      • Per player 2.4.1
      • Per year 2.4.2
    • Players who were ranked world No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam tournament 2.5
  • See also 3
  • References 4

Singles

World No. 1 ranked players

The rankings are sourced by the WTA Media Guide and the WTA website (which usually revises its rankings every Sunday night or Monday morning, except when tournament finals are postponed).[1][2]

Steffi Graf spent 377 weeks at the top of the WTA, the most of any player.
New
nr. 1
Country Player Start date End date Weeks
series total
1
 USA Chris Evert (1) Nov 3, 1975 Apr 25, 1976 25 25
2
 AUS Evonne Goolagong Cawley (1) Apr 26, 1976 May 9, 1976 2 2
 USA Chris Evert (2) May 10, 1976 Jul 9, 1978 113 138
3
 USA Martina Navratilova (1) Jul 10, 1978 Jan 13, 1979 26 26
 USA Chris Evert (3) Jan 14, 1979 Jan 27, 1979 2 140
 USA Martina Navratilova (2) Jan 28, 1979 Feb 24, 1979 4 30
 USA Chris Evert (4) Feb 25, 1979 Apr 15, 1979 7 147
 USA Martina Navratilova (3) Apr 16, 1979 Jun 24, 1979 10 40
 USA Chris Evert (5) Jun 25, 1979 Sep 9, 1979 11 158
 USA Martina Navratilova (4) Sep 10, 1979 Apr 6, 1980 31 71
4
 USA Tracy Austin (1) Apr 7, 1980 Apr 20, 1980 2 2
 USA Martina Navratilova (5) Apr 21, 1980 Jul 6, 1980 11 82
 USA Tracy Austin (2) Jul 7, 1980 Nov 17, 1980 19 21
 USA Chris Evert (6) Nov 18, 1980 May 2, 1982 76 234
 USA Martina Navratilova (6) May 3, 1982 May 16, 1982 2 84
 USA Chris Evert (7) May 17, 1982 Jun 13, 1982 4 238
 USA Martina Navratilova (7) Jun 14, 1982 Jun 9, 1985 156 240
 USA Chris Evert (8) Jun 10, 1985 Oct 13, 1985 18 256
 USA Martina Navratilova (8) Oct 14, 1985 Oct 27, 1985 2 242
 USA Chris Evert (9) Oct 28, 1985 Nov 24, 1985 4 260
 USA Martina Navratilova (9) Nov 25, 1985 Aug 16, 1987 90 332
5
FRG/GER Steffi Graf (1) Aug 17, 1987 Mar 10, 1991 186 186
6
 YUG Monica Seles (1) Mar 11, 1991 Aug 4, 1991 21 21
 GER Steffi Graf (2) Aug 5, 1991 Aug 11, 1991 1 187
 YUG Monica Seles (2) Aug 12, 1991 Aug 18, 1991 1 22
 GER Steffi Graf (3) Aug 19, 1991 Sep 8, 1991 3 190
/ YUG Monica Seles (3) Sep 9, 1991 Jun 6, 1993[n 1] 91 113
 GER Steffi Graf (4) Jun 7, 1993 Feb 5, 1995 87 277
7
 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1) Feb 6, 1995 Feb 19, 1995 2 2
 GER Steffi Graf (5) Feb 20, 1995 Feb 26, 1995 1 278
 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2) Feb 27, 1995 Apr 9, 1995 6 8
 GER Steffi Graf (6) Apr 10, 1995 May 14, 1995 5 283
 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (3) May 15, 1995 Jun 11, 1995 4 12
 GER Steffi Graf (7) Jun 12, 1995 Aug 14, 1995 9 292
 GER
 USA
Steffi Graf (7)
Monica Seles[n 1] (4)
Aug 15, 1995 Nov 3, 1996 64 356
177
 GER Steffi Graf (7) Nov 4, 1996 Nov 17, 1996 2 358
 GER
 USA
Steffi Graf (7)
Monica Seles (5)
Nov 18, 1996 Nov 24, 1996 1 359
178
 GER Steffi Graf (7) Nov 25, 1996 Mar 30, 1997 18 377
8
  SUI Martina Hingis (1) Mar 31, 1997 Oct 11, 1998 80 80
9
 USA Lindsay Davenport (1) Oct 12, 1998 Feb 7, 1999 17 17
  SUI Martina Hingis (2) Feb 8, 1999 Jul 4, 1999 21 101
 USA Lindsay Davenport (2) Jul 5, 1999 Aug 8, 1999 5 22
  SUI Martina Hingis (3) Aug 9, 1999 Apr 2, 2000 34 135
 USA Lindsay Davenport (3) Apr 3, 2000 May 7, 2000 5 27
  SUI Martina Hingis (4) May 8, 2000 May 14, 2000 1 136
 USA Lindsay Davenport (4) May 15, 2000 May 21, 2000 1 28
  SUI Martina Hingis (5) May 22, 2000 Oct 14, 2001 73 209
10
 USA Jennifer Capriati (1) Oct 15, 2001 Nov 4, 2001 3 3
 USA Lindsay Davenport (5) Nov 5, 2001 Jan 13, 2002 10 38
 USA Jennifer Capriati (2) Jan 14, 2002 Feb 24, 2002 6 9
11
 USA Venus Williams (1) Feb 25, 2002 Mar 17, 2002 3 3
 USA Jennifer Capriati (3) Mar 18, 2002 Apr 21, 2002 5 14
 USA Venus Williams (2) Apr 22, 2002 May 19, 2002 4 7
 USA Jennifer Capriati (4) May 20, 2002 Jun 9, 2002 3 17
 USA Venus Williams (3) Jun 10, 2002 Jul 7, 2002 4 11
12
 USA Serena Williams (1) Jul 8, 2002 Aug 10, 2003 57 57
13
 BEL Kim Clijsters (1) Aug 11, 2003 Oct 19, 2003 10 10
14
 BEL Justine Henin (1) Oct 20, 2003 Oct 26, 2003 1 1
 BEL Kim Clijsters (2) Oct 27, 2003 Nov 9, 2003 2 12
 BEL Justine Henin (2) Nov 10, 2003 Sep 12, 2004 44 45
15
 FRA Amélie Mauresmo (1) Sep 13, 2004 Oct 17, 2004 5 5
 USA Lindsay Davenport (6) Oct 18, 2004 Aug 21, 2005 44 82
16
 RUS Maria Sharapova (1) Aug 22, 2005 Aug 28, 2005 1 1
 USA Lindsay Davenport (7) Aug 29, 2005 Sep 11, 2005 2 84
 RUS Maria Sharapova (2) Sep 12, 2005 Oct 23, 2005 6 7
 USA Lindsay Davenport (8) Oct 24, 2005 Jan 29, 2006 14 98
 BEL Kim Clijsters (3) Jan 30, 2006 Mar 19, 2006 7 19
 FRA Amélie Mauresmo (2) Mar 20, 2006 Nov 12, 2006 34 39
 BEL Justine Henin (3) Nov 13, 2006 Jan 28, 2007 11 56
 RUS Maria Sharapova (3) Jan 29, 2007 Mar 18, 2007 7 14
 BEL Justine Henin (4) Mar 19, 2007 May 18, 2008 61 117
 RUS Maria Sharapova (4) May 19, 2008 Jun 8, 2008 3 17
17
 SRB Ana Ivanovic (1) Jun 9, 2008 Aug 10, 2008 9 9
18
 SRB Jelena Janković (1) Aug 11, 2008 Aug 17, 2008 1 1
 SRB Ana Ivanovic (2) Aug 18, 2008 Sep 7, 2008 3 12
 USA Serena Williams (2) Sep 8, 2008 Oct 5, 2008 4 61
 SRB Jelena Janković (2) Oct 6, 2008 Feb 1, 2009 17 18
 USA Serena Williams (3) Feb 2, 2009 Apr 19, 2009 11 72
19
 RUS Dinara Safina (1) Apr 20, 2009 Oct 11, 2009 25 25
 USA Serena Williams (4) Oct 12, 2009 Oct 25, 2009 2 74
 RUS Dinara Safina (2) Oct 26, 2009 Nov 1, 2009 1 26
 USA Serena Williams (5) Nov 2, 2009 Oct 10, 2010 49 123
20
 DEN Caroline Wozniacki (1) Oct 11, 2010 Feb 13, 2011 18 18
 BEL Kim Clijsters (4) Feb 14, 2011 Feb 20, 2011 1 20
 DEN Caroline Wozniacki (2) Feb 21, 2011 Jan 29, 2012 49 67
21
 BLR Victoria Azarenka (1) Jan 30, 2012 Jun 10, 2012 19 19
 RUS Maria Sharapova (5) Jun 11, 2012 Jul 8, 2012 4 21
 BLR Victoria Azarenka (2) Jul 9, 2012 Feb 17, 2013 32 51
 USA Serena Williams (6) * Feb 18, 2013 Present 142 265
Key
Open-era record
* Current No. 1 player as of November 2, 2015
Note
  1. ^ a b Monica Seles was stabbed by a spectator during a WTA tournament match on 30 April 1993. When she returned to competition in 1995, the WTA decided to reinstate her alongside Graf as number one, with her ranking protected for a year until she had a full season of ranking points accrued.[3]

Weeks at No. 1

Total

Rank Nat. Player Weeks
1. Steffi Graf 377
2. Martina Navratilova 332
3. Serena Williams * 265
4. Chris Evert 260
5. Martina Hingis 209
6. Monica Seles 178
7. Justine Henin 117
8. Lindsay Davenport 98
9. Caroline Wozniacki * 67
10. Victoria Azarenka * 51
11. Amélie Mauresmo 39
12. Dinara Safina 26
13. Tracy Austin 21
= Maria Sharapova * 21
15. Kim Clijsters 20
16. Jelena Janković * 18
17. Jennifer Capriati 17
18. Ana Ivanovic * 12
= Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 12
20. Venus Williams * 11
21. Evonne Goolagong Cawley 2
* active players - current No. 1 in bold

Consecutive

Rank Nat. Player Weeks
1. Steffi Graf 186
2. Martina Navratilova 156
3. Serena Williams * 142
4. Chris Evert 113
5. Steffi Graf (2) 94
6. Monica Seles 91
7. Martina Navratilova (2) 90
8. Steffi Graf (3) 87
9. Martina Hingis 80
10. Chris Evert (2) 76
11. Martina Hingis (2) 73
12 Monica Seles (2) 64
13. Justine Henin 61
14. Serena Williams (2) 57
15. Serena Williams (3) 49
= Caroline Wozniacki 49
17. Justine Henin (2) 44
= Lindsay Davenport 44
19. Martina Hingis (3) 34
= Amélie Mauresmo 34
* active players - current streak in bold

As of week of: November 2, 2015.[4][5]
The source for this through the week of January 2, 2012, is the 2012 WTA Tour Official Guide, page 177.[1]

Weeks at No. 1 by country

Rank Country No. of
players
No. of
weeks
Players
1.  United States 8 1070 Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Monica Seles *, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Serena Williams
2.  West Germany
 Germany
1 377 Steffi Graf
3.   Switzerland 1 209 Martina Hingis
4. / Yugoslavia
 Serbia
3 143 Monica Seles *, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković
5.  Belgium 2 137 Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin
6.  Denmark 1 67 Caroline Wozniacki
7.  Belarus 1 51 Victoria Azarenka
8.  Russia 2 47 Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina
9.  France 1 39 Amélie Mauresmo
10.  Spain 1 12 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
11.  Australia 1 2 Evonne Goolagong Cawley

As of November 2, 2015

Active players are in bold.

* Note that Monica Seles is included twice due to change of citizenship.

Year-end No. 1 players

The source for this through to 2012 is the 2012 WTA Tour Official Guide, page 178.[1]

Per player

Country Player Fq.
FRG/GER Steffi Graf 8
USA Martina Navratilova 7
USA Chris Evert 5
USA Serena Williams
USA Lindsay Davenport 4
/ YUG/ USA Monica Seles 3
SUI Martina Hingis
BEL Justine Henin
DEN Caroline Wozniacki 2
SRB Jelena Janković 1
BLR Victoria Azarenka

Per year

Year Country Player
1975 USA Chris Evert (1)
1976 USA Chris Evert
1977 USA Chris Evert
1978 USA Martina Navratilova (2)
1979 USA Martina Navratilova
1980 USA Chris Evert
1981 USA Chris Evert
1982 USA Martina Navratilova
1983 USA Martina Navratilova
1984 USA Martina Navratilova
1985 USA Martina Navratilova
1986 USA Martina Navratilova
1987 GER Steffi Graf (3)
1988 GER Steffi Graf
1989 GER Steffi Graf
1990 GER Steffi Graf
1991 YUG Monica Seles (4)
1992 YUG Monica Seles
1993 GER Steffi Graf
1994 GER Steffi Graf
1995 GER
USA
Steffi Graf
Monica Seles
1996 GER Steffi Graf
1997 SUI Martina Hingis (5)
1998 USA Lindsay Davenport (6)
1999 SUI Martina Hingis
2000 SUI Martina Hingis
2001 USA Lindsay Davenport
2002 USA Serena Williams (7)
2003 BEL Justine Henin (8)
2004 USA Lindsay Davenport
2005 USA Lindsay Davenport
2006 BEL Justine Henin
2007 BEL Justine Henin
2008 SRB Jelena Janković (9)
2009 USA Serena Williams
2010 DEN Caroline Wozniacki (10)
2011 DEN Caroline Wozniacki
2012 BLR Victoria Azarenka (11)[6]
2013 USA Serena Williams
2014 USA Serena Williams
2015 USA Serena Williams
No. 1 all weeks of the year

Players who were ranked world No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam tournament

Player Date of first No. 1 position First Grand Slam final reached First Grand Slam title
Kim Clijsters August 11, 2003 2001 French Open (June, 2001) 2005 US Open (1st of 4)
Amélie Mauresmo September 13, 2004 1999 Australian Open (January, 1999) 2006 Australian Open (1st of 2)
Jelena Janković August 11, 2008 2008 US Open (September, 2008) none
Dinara Safina April 20, 2009 2008 French Open (June, 2008) (1st of 3) none
Caroline Wozniacki October 11, 2010 2009 US Open (September, 2009) (1st of 2) none

Doubles

World No. 1 ranked players

The source for the following table through the week of January 6, 2012, is the 2012 WTA Tour Official Guide, page 172.[1]

Martina Navratilova was world No. 1 in doubles for a record 237 weeks
Sania Mirza attained the no.1 ranking in April and was seeded no.1 at the French Open with Martina Hingis.
New
nr. 1
Country Player Start date End date Weeks
series total
1  USA Martina Navratilova (1) September 4, 1984 Mar 17, 1985 27 27
2  USA Pam Shriver (1) Mar 18, 1985 Jan 19, 1986 44 44
 USA Martina Navratilova (2) Jan 20, 1986 Jul 20, 1986 26 53
 USA Pam Shriver (2) Jul 21, 1986 Aug 17, 1986 4 48
 USA Martina Navratilova (3) Aug 18, 1986 Feb 4, 1990 181 234
3  TCH Helena Suková (1) Feb 5, 1990 Feb 18, 1990 2 2
 USA Martina Navratilova (4) Feb 19, 1990 Mar 4, 1990 2 236
 TCH Helena Suková (2) Mar 5, 1990 May 6, 1990 9 11
 USA Martina Navratilova (5) May 7, 1990 May 13, 1990 1 237
 TCH Helena Suková (3) May 14, 1990 Aug 26, 1990 15 26
4  TCH Jana Novotná (1) Aug 27, 1990 Oct 14, 1990 7 7
 TCH Helena Suková (4) Oct 15, 1990 Feb 17, 1991 18 44
 TCH Jana Novotná (2) Feb 18, 1991 March 3, 1991 2 9
5  USA Gigi Fernández (1) March 4, 1991 March 10, 1991 1 1
 TCH Jana Novotná (3) March 11, 1991 March 31, 1991 3 12
 USA Gigi Fernández (2) Apr 1, 1991 Apr 7, 1991 1 2
 TCH Helena Suková (5) Apr 8, 1991 Jun 9, 1991 9 53
 USA Gigi Fernández (3) Jun 10, 1991 Sept 8, 1991 13 15
 CZE Jana Novotná (4) Sept 9, 1991 Oct 6, 1991 4 16
6  URS Natasha Zvereva (1) Oct 7, 1991 Oct 13, 1991 1 1
 CZE Jana Novotná (5) Oct 14, 1991 Jan 26, 1992 15 31
7  LAT Larisa Neiland (1) Jan 27, 1992 Feb 2, 1992 1 1
 CZE Jana Novotná (6) Feb 3, 1992 Feb 16, 1992 2 33
 LAT Larisa Neiland (2) Feb 17, 1992 Feb 23, 1992 1 2
 CZE Jana Novotná (7) Feb 24, 1992 Mar 22, 1992 4 37
 LAT Larisa Neiland (3) Mar 23, 1992 Apr 5, 1992 2 4
 CZE Jana Novotná (8) Apr 6, 1992 Jun 14, 1992 11 48
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (2) Jun 15, 1992 Jun 21, 1992 1 2
 CZE Jana Novotná (9) Jun 22, 1992 Oct 11, 1992 15 63
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (3) Oct 12, 1992 Oct 18, 1992 1 3
8  ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (1) Oct 19, 1992 Nov 15, 1992 4 4
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (4) Nov 16, 1992 Nov 22, 1992 1 4
 CZE Helena Suková (6) Nov 23, 1992 Jan 10, 1993 7 60
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (5) Jan 11, 1993 Apr 4, 1993 12 16
 USA Gigi Fernández (4) Apr 5, 1993 Sep 12, 1993 23 38
 CZE Helena Suková (7) Sep 13, 1993 Oct 31, 1993 7 67
 USA Gigi Fernández (5) Nov 1, 1993 Nov 14, 1993 2 40
 CZE Helena Suková (8) Nov 15, 1993 Nov 21, 1993 1 68
 USA Gigi Fernández (6) Nov 22, 1993 Aug 14, 1994 38 78
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (6) Aug 15, 1994 Feb 12, 1995 26 42
 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2) Feb 13, 1995 Feb 26, 1995 2 6
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (7) Feb 27, 1995 Mar 5, 1995 1 43
 USA Gigi Fernández (7) Mar 6, 1995 Mar 12, 1995 1 79
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (8) Mar 13, 1995 Mar 26, 1995 2 45
 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (3) Mar 27, 1995 Nov 5, 1995 32 38
 USA Gigi Fernández (8) Nov 6, 1995 Nov 12, 1995 1 80
 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (4) Nov 13, 1995 Apr 6, 1997 73 111
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (9) Apr 7, 1997 Oct 19, 1997 29 74
9  USA Lindsay Davenport (1) Oct 20, 1997 Nov 2, 1997 2 2
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (10) Nov 3, 1997 Jan 25, 1998 12 86
 USA Lindsay Davenport (2) Jan 26, 1998 Apr 12, 1998 11 13
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (11) Apr 13, 1998 Jun 7, 1998 8 94
10   SUI Martina Hingis (1) Jun 8, 1998 Aug 2, 1998 8 8
 CZE Jana Novotná (10) Aug 3, 1998 Aug 9, 1998 1 64
 USA Lindsay Davenport (3) Aug 10, 1998 Aug 16, 1998 1 14
  SUI Martina Hingis (2) Aug 17, 1998 Oct 25, 1998 10 18
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (12) Oct 26, 1998 Nov 1, 1998 1 95
  SUI Martina Hingis (3) Nov 2, 1998 Nov 22, 1998 3 21
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (13) Nov 23,1998 May 16, 1999 25 120
 CZE Jana Novotná (11) May 17, 1999 Jun 6, 1999 3 67
  SUI Martina Hingis (4) Jun 7, 1999 Jul 4, 1999 4 25
 BLR Natasha Zvereva (14) Jul 5, 1999 Aug 1, 1999 4 124
  SUI Martina Hingis (5) Aug 2, 1999 Aug 22, 1999 3 28
 USA Lindsay Davenport (4) Aug 23, 1999 Nov 21, 1999 13 27
11  RUS Anna Kournikova (1) Nov 22, 1999 Jan 30, 2000 10 10
  SUI Martina Hingis (6) Jan 31, 2000 Mar 19, 2000 7 35
 USA Lindsay Davenport (5) Mar 20, 2000 Apr 2, 2000 2 29
12  USA Corina Morariu (1) Apr 3, 2000 Apr 16, 2000 2 2
 USA Lindsay Davenport (6) Apr 17, 2000 May 7, 2000 3 32
 USA Corina Morariu (2) May 8, 2000 Jun 11, 2000 5 7
13  USA Lisa Raymond (1) Jun 12, 2000 Aug 20, 2000 10 10

14
 USA
 AUS
Lisa Raymond (1)
Rennae Stubbs (1)
Aug 21, 2000 Sep 10, 2000 3 13
3
15  FRA Julie Halard-Decugis (1) Sep 11, 2000 Oct 22, 2000 6 6
16  JPN Ai Sugiyama (1) Oct 23, 2000 Oct 29, 2000 1 1
 FRA Julie Halard-Decugis (2) Oct 30, 2000 Dec 24, 2000 8 14
 JPN Ai Sugiyama (2) Dec 25, 2000 Aug 26, 2001 35 36
 USA Lisa Raymond (2) Aug 27, 2001 Sep 8, 2002 54 67
17  ARG Paola Suárez (1) Sep 9, 2002 Aug 3, 2003 47 47
18  BEL Kim Clijsters (1) Aug 4, 2003 Aug 10, 2003 1 1
 JPN Ai Sugiyama (3) Aug 11, 2003 Aug 17, 2003 1 37
 BEL Kim Clijsters (2) Aug 18, 2003 Sep 7, 2003 3 4
19  ESP Virginia Ruano Pascual (1) Sep 8, 2003 Sep 14, 2003 1 1
 JPN Ai Sugiyama (4) Sep 15, 2003 Nov 9, 2003 8 45
 ARG Paola Suárez (2) Nov 10, 2003 Jul 25, 2004 37 84
 ESP Virginia Ruano Pascual (2) Jul 26, 2004 Aug 1, 2004 1 2
 ESP
 ARG
Virginia Ruano Pascual (2)
Paola Suárez (3)
Aug 2, 2004 Aug 22, 2004 3 5
87
 ESP Virginia Ruano Pascual (2) Aug 23, 2004 Oct 16, 2005 60 65
20  ZIM Cara Black (1) Oct 17, 2005 Feb 5, 2006 16 16
21  AUS Samantha Stosur (1) Feb 6, 2006 Jul 6, 2006 22 22
 USA
 AUS
Lisa Raymond (3)
Samantha Stosur (1)
Jul 7, 2006 Apr 8, 2007 39 106
61
 USA Lisa Raymond (3) Apr 9, 2007 Jun 10, 2007 9 115
 ZIM Cara Black (2) Jun 11, 2007 Jun 24, 2007 2 18
 USA Lisa Raymond (4) Jun 25, 2007 Jul 8, 2007 2 117
 ZIM Cara Black (3) Jul 9, 2007 Nov 11, 2007 18 36

22
 ZIM
 USA
Cara Black (3)
Liezel Huber (1)
Nov 12, 2007 April 18, 2010 127 163
127
 USA Liezel Huber (1) April 19, 2010 June 6, 2010 7 134
23
24
 USA
 USA
Serena Williams (1)
Venus Williams (1)
June 7, 2010 August 1, 2010 8 8
8
 USA Liezel Huber (2) August 2, 2010 October 31, 2010 13 147
25  ARG Gisela Dulko (1) November 1, 2010 February 27, 2011 17 17

26
 ARG
 ITA
Gisela Dulko (1)
Flavia Pennetta (1)
February 28, 2011 April 17, 2011 7
7
24
7
   ITA Flavia Pennetta (1) April 18, 2011 July 4, 2011 11 18
27
28
 CZE
 SLO
Květa Peschke (1)
Katarina Srebotnik (1)
July 4, 2011 September 11, 2011 10 10
10
 USA Liezel Huber (3) September 12, 2011 April 22, 2012 32 179
   USA
 USA
Liezel Huber (3)
Lisa Raymond (5)
April 23, 2012 September 9, 2012 20 199
137
29  ITA Sara Errani (1) September 10, 2012 October 14, 2012 5 5
30  ITA Roberta Vinci (1) October 15, 2012 April 28, 2013 28 28
   ITA
 ITA
Roberta Vinci (1)
Sara Errani (2)
April 29, 2013 February 16, 2014 42 70
47
31  CHN Peng Shuai (1) February 17, 2014 May 11, 2014 12 12

32
 CHN
 TPE
Peng Shuai (1)
Hsieh Su-wei (1)
May 12, 2014 May 18, 2014 1 13
1
   CHN Peng Shuai (1) May 19, 2014 June 8, 2014 3 16
   CHN
 TPE
Peng Shuai (1)
Hsieh Su-wei (2)
June 9, 2014 July 6, 2014 4 20
5
   ITA
 ITA
Roberta Vinci (2)
Sara Errani (3)
July 7, 2014 April 12, 2015 40 110
87
33  IND Sania Mirza April 13, 2015 Present 30 30
Key
Open-era record
* Current number 1 player as of November 2, 2015

Weeks at No. 1

As of: November 2, 2015.[4][5]

Weeks at number 1 by country

Country No. of
players
No. of
weeks
Players
1.  United States 9 756 Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Gigi Fernández, Lindsay Davenport, Corina Morariu, Lisa Raymond, Liezel Huber, Venus Williams, Serena Williams
2.  Italy 3 215 Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci
3.  Spain 2 176 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Virginia Ruano Pascual
4.  Zimbabwe 1 163 Cara Black
5.  Czechoslovakia
 Czech Republic
3 145 Helena Suková, Jana Novotná, Květa Peschke
6.  Belarus 1 123 Natasha Zvereva*
7.  Argentina 2 111 Paola Suárez, Gisela Dulko
8.  Australia 2 64 Rennae Stubbs, Samantha Stosur
9.  Japan 1 45 Ai Sugiyama
10.   Switzerland 1 35 Martina Hingis
11.  India 1 30 Sania Mirza
12.  China 1 20 Peng Shuai
13.  France 1 14 Julie Halard-Decugis
14.  Russia 1 10 Anna Kournikova
=.  Slovenia 1 10 Katarina Srebotnik
16.  Chinese Taipei 1 5 Hsieh Su-wei
17.  Latvia 1 4 Larisa Neiland
=.  Belgium 1 4 Kim Clijsters
19.  Soviet Union 1 1 Natasha Zvereva*

As of November 2, 2015.

Active players are in bold.

* Belarusian Natasha Zvereva acquired one week at number 1 whilst playing for the Soviet Union

Year-end No. 1 players

Per player

Country Player Fq.
USA Martina Navratilova 5
ZIM Cara Black 4
USA Liezel Huber
BLR Natasha Zvereva 3
ITA Roberta Vinci
CZE Helena Suková 2
ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
ARG Paola Suárez
USA Lisa Raymond
ITA Sara Errani
USA Pam Shriver 1
TCH Jana Novotná
USA Gigi Fernández
RUS Anna Kournikova
JPN Ai Sugiyama
ESP Virginia Ruano Pascual
AUS Samantha Stosur
ARG Gisela Dulko
IND Sania Mirza

Per year

Year Country Player Team
1984 USA Martina Navratilova (1) Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1985 USA Pam Shriver (2) Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1986 USA Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1987 USA Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1988 USA Martina Navratilova Martina Navratilova / Pam Shriver
1989 USA Martina Navratilova Helena Suková / Jana Novotná
1990 TCH Helena Suková (3) Helena Suková / Jana Novotná
1991 TCH Jana Novotná (4) Gigi Fernández / Jana Novotná
1992 CZE Helena Suková Larisa Neiland / Natasha Zvereva
1993 USA Gigi Fernández (5) Gigi Fernández / Natasha Zvereva
1994 BLR Natasha Zvereva (6) Gigi Fernández / Natasha Zvereva
1995 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (7) Gigi Fernández / Natasha Zvereva
1996 ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Jana Novotná / Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1997 BLR Natasha Zvereva Gigi Fernández / Natasha Zvereva
1998 BLR Natasha Zvereva Martina Hingis / Jana Novotná
1999 RUS Anna Kournikova (8) Martina Hingis / Anna Kournikova
2000 JPN Ai Sugiyama (9) Serena Williams / Venus Williams
2001 USA Lisa Raymond (10) Lisa Raymond / Rennae Stubbs
2002 ARG Paola Suárez (11) Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2003 ARG Paola Suárez Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2004 ESP Virginia Ruano Pascual (12) Virginia Ruano Pascual / Paola Suárez
2005 ZIM Cara Black (13) Lisa Raymond / Samantha Stosur
2006 USA
AUS
Lisa Raymond
Samantha Stosur (14)
Lisa Raymond / Samantha Stosur
2007 ZIM
USA
Cara Black
Liezel Huber (15)
Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2008 ZIM
USA
Cara Black
Liezel Huber
Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2009 ZIM
USA
Cara Black
Liezel Huber
Cara Black / Liezel Huber
2010 ARG Gisela Dulko (16) Gisela Dulko / Flavia Pennetta
2011 USA Liezel Huber Květa Peschke / Katarina Srebotnik
2012 ITA Roberta Vinci (17) Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci
2013 ITA Roberta Vinci Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci
ITA Sara Errani (18)
2014 ITA
ITA
Roberta Vinci
Sara Errani
Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci
2015 IND Sania Mirza (19) Martina Hingis / Sania Mirza
No. 1 all weeks of the year

Players who were ranked world No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam tournament

Player Date of first No. 1 position First Grand Slam final reached First Grand Slam title
Gisela Dulko November 1, 2010 2011 Australian Open (January, 2011) 2011 Australian Open (1st of 1)
Sania Mirza April 13, 2015 2011 French Open (June, 2011) 2015 Wimbledon (1st of 2)

See also

References

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  2. ^ "WTA Singles Rankings". Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Seles is back in the limelight".  
  4. ^ a b "WTA Press Center - Weeks at No. 1". 
  5. ^ a b "WTA Notes & Netcords". 
  6. ^ "Azarenka Makes SFs, Clinches Year-End No. 1". wtatennis.com. WTA Tour, Inc. Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
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