World number 1 women tennis players

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This is a list of women's historical number one ranked tennis players, traditionally determined at year-end.

Notes:


1883–1920 rankings[edit]

1883–1920 rankings are more variable in nature because of limited sourcing.

Year Players Country Sources and Notes
1883 Maud Watson United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1884 Maud Watson United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1885 Maud Watson United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1886 Maud Watson United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1887 Lottie Dod United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1888 Lottie Dod United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1889 Lottie Dod United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1890 Louisa Martin United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1891 Lottie Dod United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1892 Lottie Dod United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1893 Lottie Dod United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1894 Blanche Bingley Hillyard United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1895 Louisa Martin United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Pastime classification of British players
1896 Louisa Martin United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis classification of British players
1897 Blanche Bingley Hillyard United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis classification of British Players
1898 Charlotte Cooper United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis classification of British Players
1899 Louisa Martin United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis classification of British players
1900 Blanche Bingley Hillyard United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis classification of British players
1901 Charlotte Cooper Sterry United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis classification of British players
1902 Muriel Robb United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis and Croquet classification of British players
1903 Louisa Martin United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis and Croquet classification of British players; German International Rankings
1904 Dorothea Lambert Chambers United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis and Badminton classification of British players and Lawn Tennis classification of British players
1905 May Sutton United States United States The Lawn Tennis and Badminton classification of British players and the American and Australian visitors
1906 Dorothea Lambert Chambers United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom The Lawn Tennis and Badminton classification of British players and the American and Australian visitors and German International Rankings
1907 May Sutton United States United States [citation needed]
1908 May Sutton United States United States [citation needed]
1909 May Sutton United States United States The Lawn Tennis and Badminton classification of British players and the American and Australian visitors
1910 Dorothea Lambert Chambers United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom [citation needed]
1911 Dorothea Lambert Chambers United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom [citation needed]
1912 May Sutton United States United States [citation needed]
1913 Ethel Thomson Larcombe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom [citation needed]
1914 Dorothea Lambert Chambers United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom [citation needed]
1915–
1918
none (World War I)
1919 Suzanne Lenglen France France [citation needed]
1920 Suzanne Lenglen France France [citation needed]

1921–present[edit]

More recent rankings are much better sourced.

Year Players Country Sources and Notes
1921 Suzanne Lenglen (1)/(6) France France Wallis Myers, The Daily Telegraph (London)
1922 Suzanne Lenglen (2)/(6) France France Wallis Myers, The Daily Telegraph (London)
1923 Suzanne Lenglen (3)/(6) France France Wallis Myers, The Daily Telegraph (London)
1924 Suzanne Lenglen (4)/(6) France France Wallis Myers, The Daily Telegraph (London)
1925 Suzanne Lenglen (5)/(6) France France Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1926 Suzanne Lenglen (6)/(6) France France Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1927 Helen Wills Moody (1)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1928 Helen Wills Moody (2)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1929 Helen Wills Moody (3)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1930 Helen Wills Moody (4)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1931 Helen Wills Moody (5)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1932 Helen Wills Moody (6)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1933 Helen Wills Moody (7)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
1934 Dorothy Round Little United Kingdom United Kingdom Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London)
Helen Jacobs (1)/(2) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis
1935 Helen Wills Moody (8)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London); Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; Pierre Gillou, president of the French Tennis Federation
1936 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling Denmark Denmark Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis
Helen Jacobs (2)/(2) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London); Fred Perry
1937 Anita Lizana Chile Chile Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London); Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis
1938 Helen Wills Moody (9)/(9) United States United States Wallis Myers, Daily Mail (London); Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; Pierre Gillou, president of the French Tennis Federation
1939 Alice Marble United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; Gordon Lowe; John Olliff
1940–
1945
none (World War II) Although there were no world rankings during this period, the United States Lawn Tennis Association continued to rank players from the U.S. during the war years. These were Alice Marble (1940), Sarah Palfrey Cooke (1941 and 1945), and Pauline Betz Addie (1942, 1943, and 1944).
1946 Pauline Betz Addie United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; Pierre Gillou, president of the French Tennis Federation; John Olliff
1947 Louise Brough Clapp (1)/(3) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis
Margaret Osborne duPont (1)/(4) United States United States John Olliff, Lawn Tennis Almanack
1948 Margaret Osborne duPont (2)/(4) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; John Olliff, Lawn Tennis Almanack
Louise Brough Clapp (2)/(3) United States United States Pierre Gillou, president of the French Tennis Federation
1949 Margaret Osborne duPont (3)/(4) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; Pierre Gillou, president of the French Tennis Federation; John Olliff
1950 Margaret Osborne duPont (4)/(4) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; John Olliff, Lawn Tennis Almanack
1951 Doris Hart (1)/(2) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; John Olliff, Lawn Tennis Almanack
1952 Maureen Connolly Brinker (1)/(3) United States United States Ned Potter, American Lawn Tennis; Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London)
1953 Maureen Connolly Brinker (2)/(3) United States United States World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London)
1954 Maureen Connolly Brinker (3)/(3) United States United States World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London)
1955 Doris Hart (2)/(2) United States United States World Tennis magazine (U.S.)
Louise Brough Clapp (3)/(3) United States United States Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London)
1956 Shirley Fry Irvin United States United States World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London)
1957 Althea Gibson (1)/(2) United States United States Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1958 Althea Gibson (2)/(2) United States United States Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1959 Maria Bueno (1)/(4) Brazil Brazil Lance Tingay, Daily Mail (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1960 Maria Bueno (2)/(4) Brazil Brazil Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1961 Angela Mortimer Barrett United Kingdom United Kingdom Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1962 Margaret Court (1)/(7) Australia Australia Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1963 Margaret Court (2)/(7) Australia Australia Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1964 Margaret Court (3)/(7) Australia Australia Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London)
Maria Bueno (3)/(4) Brazil Brazil Ned Potter, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll; Ulrich Kaiser
1965 Margaret Court (4)/(7) Australia Australia Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Joseph Macauley, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll; Sport za Rubezhom (Russia)
1966 Billie Jean King (1)/(6) United States United States Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Joseph Macauley, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Pierre de Thier, Belgium
Maria Bueno (4)/(4) Brazil Brazil Bruce Walkley, Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1967 Billie Jean King (2)/(6) United States United States Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Joseph Macauley, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); British Lawn Tennis Reader's Poll
1968 Billie Jean King (3)/(6) United States United States Bud Collins; Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Rino Tommasi; Ulrich Kaiser; Seagram's (panel of experts)
1969 Margaret Court (5)/(7) Australia Australia Bud Collins; Joseph Macauley, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Rino Tommasi
1970 Margaret Court (6)/(7) Australia Australia Bud Collins; Joseph Macauley, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Judith Elian, L'Equipe; Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Mike Gibson (Wimbledon referee); Rino Tommasi
1971 Evonne Goolagong Cawley Australia Australia Joseph Macauley, World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Bjorn Hellberg, Tennis Tidning (Sweden); L'Equipe magazine; Rex Bellamy, The Times (London); Frank Rostron
Billie Jean King (4)/(6) United States United States Bud Collins; Rino Tommasi
1972 Billie Jean King (5)/(6) United States United States Tennis magazine (U.S.); World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Bud Collins; John Barrett; Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Rino Tommasi; Frank Rostron
1973 Margaret Court (7)/(7) Australia Australia Bud Collins; John Barrett; Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Rino Tommasi; World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1974 Chris Evert (1)/(8) United States United States World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); John Barrett; Rino Tommasi; Tennis magazine (U.S.)
Billie Jean King (6)/(6) United States United States Bud Collins
1975 Chris Evert (2)/(8) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; John Barrett; World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1976 Chris Evert (3)/(8) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; Bud Collins; World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1977 Chris Evert (4)/(8) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; John Barrett, Financial Times (London); Judith Elian, L'Equipe; Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London); Peter Bodo, Tennis magazine (U.S.); Rino Tommasi, Tennis Club (Rome); Wataru Tsukagoshi, Tennis Magazine of Japan; World Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1978 Martina Navratilova (1)/(7) Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Women's Tennis Association; Bud Collins; Lance Tingay
Chris Evert (5)/(8) United States United States International Tennis Federation; Tennis Magazine (Australia); World Tennis magazine (U.S.); John Barrett; Joe Macauley, Tennis Australia; Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1979 Martina Navratilova (2)/(7) Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; Jeffrey Bairstow, Tennis magazine (U.S.); Peter Bodo, Tennis magazine (U.S.); World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Alan Trengrove, Tennis Magazine (Australia); Bud Collins; John Barrett, Financial Times (London); Rino Tommasi, Tennis Club (Rome); Joe Macauley, Tennis Australia; Wataru Tsukagoshi, Tennis Magazine of Japan; Lance Tingay
Chris Evert (6)/(8) United States United States Judith Elian, L'Equipe
1980 Chris Evert (7)/(8) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett; World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay; Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1981 Chris Evert (8)/(8) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; Alexander McNab, Tennis magazine (U.S.); Peter Bodo, Tennis magazine (U.S.); World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Alan Trengrove, Tennis Magazine (Australia); Judith Elian, L'Equipe; John Barrett, Financial Times (London); Waturu Tsukagoshi, Tennis Magazine of Japan; Rino Tommasi, Tennis Club (Rome)
Tracy Austin United States United States John Barrett, Financial Times (London); Lance Tingay
1982 Martina Navratilova (3)/(7) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London); World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Tennis magazine (U.S.)
1983 Martina Navratilova (4)/(7) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London); World Tennis magazine (U.S.); Lance Tingay, The Daily Telegraph (London)
1984 Martina Navratilova (5)/(7) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1985 Martina Navratilova (6)/(7) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1986 Martina Navratilova (7)/(7) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1987 Steffi Graf (1)/(8) West Germany West Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1988 Steffi Graf (2)/(8) West Germany West Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1989 Steffi Graf (3)/(8) West Germany West Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1990 Steffi Graf (4)/(8) West Germany Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1991 Monica Seles (1)/(3) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1992 Monica Seles (2)/(3) Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1993 Steffi Graf (5)/(8) West Germany Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1994 Steffi Graf (6)/(8) West Germany Germany Women's Tennis Association
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Spain Spain International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1995 Steffi Graf (7)/(8) West Germany Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
Monica Seles (3)/(3) United States United States Women's Tennis Association
1996 Steffi Graf (8)/(8) West Germany Germany Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1997 Martina Hingis (1)/(3) Switzerland Switzerland Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1998 Lindsay Davenport (1)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
1999 Martina Hingis (2)/(3) Switzerland Switzerland Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation; John Barrett, Financial Times (London)
2000 Martina Hingis (3)/(3) Switzerland Switzerland Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2001 Lindsay Davenport (2)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association
Jennifer Capriati United States United States International Tennis Federation
2002 Serena Williams (1)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2003 Justine Henin (1)/(3) Belgium Belgium Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2004 Lindsay Davenport (3)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association
Anastasia Myskina Russia Russia International Tennis Federation
2005 Lindsay Davenport (4)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association
Kim Clijsters Belgium Belgium International Tennis Federation
2006 Justine Henin (2)/(3) Belgium Belgium Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2007 Justine Henin (3)/(3) Belgium Belgium Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2008 Jelena Janković Serbia Serbia Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2009 Serena Williams (2)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2010 Caroline Wozniacki (1)/(2) Denmark Denmark Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation
2011 Caroline Wozniacki (2)/(2) Denmark Denmark Women's Tennis Association
Petra Kvitová Czech Republic Czech Republic International Tennis Federation
2012 Victoria Azarenka Belarus Belarus Women's Tennis Association
Serena Williams (3)/(4) United States United States International Tennis Federation
2013 Serena Williams (4)/(4) United States United States Women's Tennis Association; International Tennis Federation

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