List of WTA number 1 ranked singles tennis players

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Ashleigh Barty, currently ranked No. 1 in women's singles

The WTA rankings are the Women's Tennis Association's (WTA) merit-based system for determining the rankings in women's tennis. The top-ranked player is the player who, over the previous 52 weeks, has garnered the most ranking points on the WTA Tour. Points are awarded based on how far a player advances in tournaments and the category of those tournaments. The WTA has used a computerized system for determining the rankings since November 3, 1975. Since 1975, 27 women have been ranked No. 1 by the WTA, of which 14 have been year-end No. 1. The current world number one is Ashleigh Barty of Australia.

WTA No. 1 ranked singles players[edit]

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 ranking, the most of any player.
Key
double-dagger WTA Rankings record
Current World No. 1
No. Player Start date End date Weeks Total
1  Chris Evert (USA) Nov 3, 1975 Apr 25, 1976 25 25
2  Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) Apr 26, 1976 May 9, 1976 2 2
United States Chris Evert (2) May 10, 1976 Jul 9, 1978 113 138
3  Martina Navratilova (USA) Jul 10, 1978 Jan 13, 1979 26 26
United States Chris Evert (3) Jan 14, 1979 Jan 27, 1979 2 140
United States Martina Navratilova (2) Jan 28, 1979 Feb 24, 1979 4 30
United States Chris Evert (4) Feb 25, 1979 Apr 15, 1979 7 147
United States Martina Navratilova (3) Apr 16, 1979 Jun 24, 1979 10 40
United States Chris Evert (5) Jun 25, 1979 Sep 9, 1979 11 158
United States Martina Navratilova (4) Sep 10, 1979 Apr 6, 1980 31 71
4  Tracy Austin (USA) Apr 7, 1980 Apr 20, 1980 2 2
United States Martina Navratilova (5) Apr 21, 1980 Jul 6, 1980 11 82
United States Tracy Austin (2) Jul 7, 1980 Nov 17, 1980 19 21
United States Chris Evert (6) Nov 18, 1980 May 2, 1982 76 234
United States Martina Navratilova (6) May 3, 1982 May 16, 1982 2 84
United States Chris Evert (7) May 17, 1982 Jun 13, 1982 4 238
United States Martina Navratilova (7) Jun 14, 1982 Jun 9, 1985 156 240
United States Chris Evert (8) Jun 10, 1985 Oct 13, 1985 18 256
United States Martina Navratilova (8) Oct 14, 1985 Oct 27, 1985 2 242
United States Chris Evert (9) Oct 28, 1985 Nov 24, 1985 4 260
United States Martina Navratilova (9) Nov 25, 1985 Aug 16, 1987 90 332
5  Steffi Graf (FRG) Aug 17, 1987 Mar 10, 1991 186double-dagger 186
6  Monica Seles (YUG) Mar 11, 1991 Aug 4, 1991 21 21
Germany Steffi Graf (2) Aug 5, 1991 Aug 11, 1991 1 187
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles (2) Aug 12, 1991 Aug 18, 1991 1 22
Germany Steffi Graf (3) Aug 19, 1991 Sep 8, 1991 3 190
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles[n 1] (3) Sep 9, 1991 Jun 6, 1993 91 113
Germany Steffi Graf (4) Jun 7, 1993 Feb 5, 1995 87 277
7  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) Feb 6, 1995 Feb 19, 1995 2 2
Germany Steffi Graf (5) Feb 20, 1995 Feb 26, 1995 1 278
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2) Feb 27, 1995 Apr 9, 1995 6 8
Germany Steffi Graf (6) Apr 10, 1995 May 14, 1995 5 283
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (3) May 15, 1995 Jun 11, 1995 4 12
Germany Steffi Graf (7) Jun 12, 1995 Aug 14, 1995 9 292
Germany Steffi Graf (7) Aug 15, 1995 Nov 3, 1996 64 356
United States Monica Seles[n 1] (4) 177
Germany Steffi Graf (7) Nov 4, 1996 Nov 17, 1996 2 358
Germany Steffi Graf (7) Nov 18, 1996 Nov 24, 1996 1 359
United States Monica Seles (5) 178
Germany Steffi Graf (7) Nov 25, 1996 Mar 30, 1997 18 377double-dagger
8  Martina Hingis (SUI) Mar 31, 1997 Oct 11, 1998 80 80
9  Lindsay Davenport (USA) Oct 12, 1998 Feb 7, 1999 17 17
Switzerland Martina Hingis (2) Feb 8, 1999 Jul 4, 1999 21 101
United States Lindsay Davenport (2) Jul 5, 1999 Aug 8, 1999 5 22
Switzerland Martina Hingis (3) Aug 9, 1999 Apr 2, 2000 34 135
United States Lindsay Davenport (3) Apr 3, 2000 May 7, 2000 5 27
Switzerland Martina Hingis (4) May 8, 2000 May 14, 2000 1 136
United States Lindsay Davenport (4) May 15, 2000 May 21, 2000 1 28
Switzerland Martina Hingis (5) May 22, 2000 Oct 14, 2001 73 209
10  Jennifer Capriati (USA) Oct 15, 2001 Nov 4, 2001 3 3
United States Lindsay Davenport (5) Nov 5, 2001 Jan 13, 2002 10 38
United States Jennifer Capriati (2) Jan 14, 2002 Feb 24, 2002 6 9
11  Venus Williams (USA) Feb 25, 2002 Mar 17, 2002 3 3
United States Jennifer Capriati (3) Mar 18, 2002 Apr 21, 2002 5 14
United States Venus Williams (2) Apr 22, 2002 May 19, 2002 4 7
United States Jennifer Capriati (4) May 20, 2002 Jun 9, 2002 3 17
United States Venus Williams (3) Jun 10, 2002 Jul 7, 2002 4 11
12  Serena Williams (USA) Jul 8, 2002 Aug 10, 2003 57 57
13  Kim Clijsters (BEL) Aug 11, 2003 Oct 19, 2003 10 10
14  Justine Henin (BEL) Oct 20, 2003 Oct 26, 2003 1 1
Belgium Kim Clijsters (2) Oct 27, 2003 Nov 9, 2003 2 12
Belgium Justine Henin (2) Nov 10, 2003 Sep 12, 2004 44 45
15  Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) Sep 13, 2004 Oct 17, 2004 5 5
United States Lindsay Davenport (6) Oct 18, 2004 Aug 21, 2005 44 82
16  Maria Sharapova (RUS) Aug 22, 2005 Aug 28, 2005 1 1
United States Lindsay Davenport (7) Aug 29, 2005 Sep 11, 2005 2 84
Russia Maria Sharapova (2) Sep 12, 2005 Oct 23, 2005 6 7
United States Lindsay Davenport (8) Oct 24, 2005 Jan 29, 2006 14 98
Belgium Kim Clijsters (3) Jan 30, 2006 Mar 19, 2006 7 19
France Amélie Mauresmo (2) Mar 20, 2006 Nov 12, 2006 34 39
Belgium Justine Henin (3) Nov 13, 2006 Jan 28, 2007 11 56
Russia Maria Sharapova (3) Jan 29, 2007 Mar 18, 2007 7 14
Belgium Justine Henin (4) Mar 19, 2007 May 18, 2008 61 117
Russia Maria Sharapova (4) May 19, 2008 Jun 8, 2008 3 17
17  Ana Ivanovic (SRB) Jun 9, 2008 Aug 10, 2008 9 9
18  Jelena Janković (SRB) Aug 11, 2008 Aug 17, 2008 1 1
Serbia Ana Ivanovic (2) Aug 18, 2008 Sep 7, 2008 3 12
United States Serena Williams (2) Sep 8, 2008 Oct 5, 2008 4 61
Serbia Jelena Janković (2) Oct 6, 2008 Feb 1, 2009 17 18
United States Serena Williams (3) Feb 2, 2009 Apr 19, 2009 11 72
19  Dinara Safina (RUS) Apr 20, 2009 Oct 11, 2009 25 25
United States Serena Williams (4) Oct 12, 2009 Oct 25, 2009 2 74
Russia Dinara Safina (2) Oct 26, 2009 Nov 1, 2009 1 26
United States Serena Williams (5) Nov 2, 2009 Oct 10, 2010 49 123
20  Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Oct 11, 2010 Feb 13, 2011 18 18
Belgium Kim Clijsters (4) Feb 14, 2011 Feb 20, 2011 1 20
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki (2) Feb 21, 2011 Jan 29, 2012 49 67
21  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) Jan 30, 2012 Jun 10, 2012 19 19
Russia Maria Sharapova (5) Jun 11, 2012 Jul 8, 2012 4 21
Belarus Victoria Azarenka (2) Jul 9, 2012 Feb 17, 2013 32 51
United States Serena Williams (6) Feb 18, 2013 Sep 11, 2016 186double-dagger 309
22  Angelique Kerber (GER) Sep 12, 2016 Jan 29, 2017 20 20
United States Serena Williams (7) Jan 30, 2017 Mar 19, 2017 7 316
Germany Angelique Kerber (2) Mar 20, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 5 25
United States Serena Williams (8) Apr 24, 2017 May 14, 2017 3 319
Germany Angelique Kerber (3) May 15, 2017 Jul 16, 2017 9 34
23  Karolína Plíšková (CZE) Jul 17, 2017 Sep 10, 2017 8 8
24  Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) Sep 11, 2017 Oct 8, 2017 4 4
25  Simona Halep (ROU) Oct 9, 2017 Jan 28, 2018 16 16
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki (3) Jan 29, 2018 Feb 25, 2018 4 71
Romania Simona Halep (2) Feb 26, 2018 Jan 27, 2019 48 64
26  Naomi Osaka (JPN) Jan 28, 2019 Jun 23, 2019 21 21
27  Ashleigh Barty (AUS) Jun 24, 2019 Aug 11, 2019 7 7
Japan Naomi Osaka (2) Aug 12, 2019 Sep 8, 2019 4 25
Australia Ashleigh Barty (2) Sep 9, 2019 Mar 22, 2020 28 35
Rankings frozen
Mar 23, 2020 Aug 9, 2020 20
Australia Ashleigh Barty (2) Aug 10, 2020 Present 76 110
Note
  1. ^ a b Monica Seles was stabbed by a spectator during a WTA tournament match on 30 April 1993; while ranked number one. 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[edit]

Total weeks
Rank Player Total
1  Steffi Graf (GER) 377
2  Martina Navratilova (USA) 332
3  Serena Williams (USA) 319
4  Chris Evert (USA) 260
5  Martina Hingis (SUI) 209
6 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/United States Monica Seles (FRY/USA) 178
7  Justine Henin (BEL) 117
8  Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 110
9  Lindsay Davenport (USA) 98
10  Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 71
11  Simona Halep (ROU) 64
12  Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 51
13  Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) 39
14  Angelique Kerber (GER) 34
15  Dinara Safina (RUS) 26
16  Naomi Osaka (JPN) 25
17  Tracy Austin (USA) 21
 Maria Sharapova (RUS)
19  Kim Clijsters (BEL) 20
20  Jelena Janković (SER) 18
21  Jennifer Capriati (USA) 17
22  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) 12
 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
24  Venus Williams (USA) 11
25  Karolína Plíšková (CZE) 8
26  Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 4
27  Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS) 2
Consecutive weeks
Consecutive Player
186 Germany Steffi Graf
United States Serena Williams
156 United States Martina Navratilova
113 United States Chris Evert
103 Australia Ashleigh Barty
94 Germany Steffi Graf (2)
91 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/United States Monica Seles
90 United States Martina Navratilova (2)
87 Germany Steffi Graf (3)
80 Switzerland Martina Hingis
76 United States Chris Evert (2)
73 Switzerland Martina Hingis (2)
64 United States Monica Seles (2)
61 Belgium Justine Henin
57 United States Serena Williams (2)
minimum 50 weeks
Key
Current No. 1 player
Active streaks and players in bold

as of January 24, 2022[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 record-holders[edit]

Record-holder Date achieved Duration Record
1975–1985 United States Chris Evert 3 November 1975 9 years, 6 months 238
1985–1985 United States Martina Navratilova 27 May 1985 0 months 240
1985–1986 United States Chris Evert 24 June 1985 9 months 260
1986–1996 United States Martina Navratilova 31 March 1986 10 years, 1 month 332
1996–present Germany Steffi Graf 21 May 1996 25 years, 8 months 377

Current record in bold.

Year-end No. 1 players[edit]

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

By year[edit]

Year Player
1975  Chris Evert (USA)
1976 United States Chris Evert (2)
1977* United States Chris Evert (3)
1978  Martina Navratilova (USA)
1979 United States Martina Navratilova (2)
1980 United States Chris Evert (4)
1981* United States Chris Evert (5)
1982 United States Martina Navratilova (3)
1983* United States Martina Navratilova (4)
1984* United States Martina Navratilova (5)
1985 United States Martina Navratilova (6)
1986* United States Martina Navratilova (7)
1987  Steffi Graf (GER)
1988* Germany Steffi Graf (2)
1989* Germany Steffi Graf (3)
1990* Germany Steffi Graf (4)
1991  Monica Seles (YUG)
1992* Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles (2)
1993 Germany Steffi Graf (5)
1994* Germany Steffi Graf (6)
1995 Germany Steffi Graf (7)
United States Monica Seles (3)
1996* Germany Steffi Graf (8)
1997  Martina Hingis (SUI)
1998  Lindsay Davenport (USA)
1999 Switzerland Martina Hingis (2)
2000 Switzerland Martina Hingis (3)
2001 United States Lindsay Davenport (2)
2002  Serena Williams (USA)
2003  Justine Henin (BEL)
2004 United States Lindsay Davenport (3)
2005 United States Lindsay Davenport (4)
2006 Belgium Justine Henin (2)
2007 Belgium Justine Henin (3)
2008 Serbia Jelena Janković
2009 United States Serena Williams (2)
2010  Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
2011 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki (2)
2012 Belarus Victoria Azarenka
2013 United States Serena Williams (3)
2014* United States Serena Williams (4)
2015* United States Serena Williams (5)
2016 Germany Angelique Kerber
2017  Simona Halep (ROU)
2018 Romania Simona Halep (2)
2019  Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
2020* Australia Ashleigh Barty (2)
2021* Australia Ashleigh Barty (3)
Key
(n) Year-end No. 1 finishes
* Player was ranked No. 1 throughout the calendar year.

Per player[edit]

Total
# Player
8 Germany Steffi Graf
7 United States Martina Navratilova
5 United States Chris Evert
United States Serena Williams
4 United States Lindsay Davenport
3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/United States Monica Seles
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Belgium Justine Henin
Australia Ashleigh Barty
2 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Romania Simona Halep
1 Serbia Jelena Janković
Belarus Victoria Azarenka
Germany Angelique Kerber
Consecutive
# Player
5 United States Martina Navratilova
4 Germany Steffi Graf (x2)
3 United States Chris Evert
United States Serena Williams
Australia Ashleigh Barty
2 United States Martina Navratilova
United States Chris Evert
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Monica Seles
Switzerland Martina Hingis
United States Lindsay Davenport
Belgium Justine Henin
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki
Romania Simona Halep

Players who became No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam title[edit]

Player First ranked No. 1 First Grand Slam final First Grand Slam title
Belgium Kim Clijsters August 11, 2003 2001 French Open (June 2001) (1st of 8) 2005 US Open (1st of 4, still active)
France Amélie Mauresmo September 13, 2004 1999 Australian Open (January 1999) (1st of 3) 2006 Australian Open (1st of 2, retired in 2009)
Serbia Jelena Janković August 11, 2008 2008 US Open (September 2008) (only final) None (retired in 2017)
Russia Dinara Safina April 20, 2009 2008 French Open (June 2008) (1st of 3) None (retired in 2014)
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki October 11, 2010 2009 US Open (September 2009) (1st of 3) 2018 Australian Open (only title, retired in 2020)
Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková July 17, 2017 2016 US Open (September 2016) (1st of 2) None (still active)
Romania Simona Halep October 9, 2017 2014 French Open (June 2014) (1st of 5) 2018 French Open (1st of 2, still active)

Weeks at No. 1 by decade[edit]

Weeks at No. 1 by country[edit]

Key
Current No. 1 player
Active streak in bold

Current No. 1 player in bold

Rank Country Total Players
Players Weeks
1  United States 8 1,123 Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Monica Seles*, Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Serena Williams
2  Germany 2 411 Steffi Graf, Angelique Kerber
3   Switzerland 1 209 Martina Hingis
4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro/Serbia Yugoslavia/Serbia 3 143 Monica Seles*, Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Janković
5  Belgium 2 137 Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin
6  Australia 2 114 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Ashleigh Barty
7  Denmark 1 71 Caroline Wozniacki
8  Romania 1 64 Simona Halep
9  Belarus 1 51 Victoria Azarenka
10  Russia 2 47 Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina
11  France 1 39 Amélie Mauresmo
12  Japan 1 25 Naomi Osaka
13  Spain 2 16 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Garbiñe Muguruza
14  Czech Republic 1 8 Karolína Plíšková

as of January 24, 2022
* Monica Seles is included twice due to change of citizenship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2012 WTA Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "WTA Singles Rankings". Archived from the original on February 8, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Seles is back in the limelight". The Irish Times. June 26, 1996. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "WTA Press Center – Weeks at No. 1". Archived from the original on November 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "WTA Notes & Netcords". Archived from the original on January 17, 2012.