List of WTA number 1 ranked singles tennis players

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.

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

WTA No. 1 ranked singles playersEdit

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
  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
  Chris Evert (2) May 10, 1976 Jul 9, 1978 113 138
3   Martina Navratilova (USA) Jul 10, 1978 Jan 13, 1979 26 26
  Chris Evert (3) Jan 14, 1979 Jan 27, 1979 2 140
  Martina Navratilova (2) Jan 28, 1979 Feb 24, 1979 4 30
  Chris Evert (4) Feb 25, 1979 Apr 15, 1979 7 147
  Martina Navratilova (3) Apr 16, 1979 Jun 24, 1979 10 40
  Chris Evert (5) Jun 25, 1979 Sep 9, 1979 11 158
  Martina Navratilova (4) Sep 10, 1979 Apr 6, 1980 31 71
4   Tracy Austin (USA) Apr 7, 1980 Apr 20, 1980 2 2
  Martina Navratilova (5) Apr 21, 1980 Jul 6, 1980 11 82
  Tracy Austin (2) Jul 7, 1980 Nov 17, 1980 19 21
  Chris Evert (6) Nov 18, 1980 May 2, 1982 76 234
  Martina Navratilova (6) May 3, 1982 May 16, 1982 2 84
  Chris Evert (7) May 17, 1982 Jun 13, 1982 4 238
  Martina Navratilova (7) Jun 14, 1982 Jun 9, 1985 156 240
  Chris Evert (8) Jun 10, 1985 Oct 13, 1985 18 256
  Martina Navratilova (8) Oct 14, 1985 Oct 27, 1985 2 242
  Chris Evert (9) Oct 28, 1985 Nov 24, 1985 4 260
  Martina Navratilova (9) Nov 25, 1985 Aug 16, 1987 90 332
5   Steffi Graf (FRG) Aug 17, 1987 Mar 10, 1991 186  186
6   Monica Seles (YUG) Mar 11, 1991 Aug 4, 1991 21 21
  Steffi Graf (2) Aug 5, 1991 Aug 11, 1991 1 187
  Monica Seles (2) Aug 12, 1991 Aug 18, 1991 1 22
  Steffi Graf (3) Aug 19, 1991 Sep 8, 1991 3 190
 /  Monica Seles[n 1] (3) Sep 9, 1991 Jun 6, 1993 91 113
  Steffi Graf (4) Jun 7, 1993 Feb 5, 1995 87 277
7   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (ESP) Feb 6, 1995 Feb 19, 1995 2 2
  Steffi Graf (5) Feb 20, 1995 Feb 26, 1995 1 278
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (2) Feb 27, 1995 Apr 9, 1995 6 8
  Steffi Graf (6) Apr 10, 1995 May 14, 1995 5 283
  Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (3) May 15, 1995 Jun 11, 1995 4 12
  Steffi Graf (7) Jun 12, 1995 Aug 14, 1995 9 292
  Steffi Graf (7) Aug 15, 1995 Nov 3, 1996 64 356
  Monica Seles[n 1] (4) 177
  Steffi Graf (7) Nov 4, 1996 Nov 17, 1996 2 358
  Steffi Graf (7) Nov 18, 1996 Nov 24, 1996 1 359
  Monica Seles (5) 178
  Steffi Graf (7) Nov 25, 1996 Mar 30, 1997 18 377 
8   Martina Hingis (SUI) Mar 31, 1997 Oct 11, 1998 80 80
9   Lindsay Davenport (USA) Oct 12, 1998 Feb 7, 1999 17 17
  Martina Hingis (2) Feb 8, 1999 Jul 4, 1999 21 101
  Lindsay Davenport (2) Jul 5, 1999 Aug 8, 1999 5 22
  Martina Hingis (3) Aug 9, 1999 Apr 2, 2000 34 135
  Lindsay Davenport (3) Apr 3, 2000 May 7, 2000 5 27
  Martina Hingis (4) May 8, 2000 May 14, 2000 1 136
  Lindsay Davenport (4) May 15, 2000 May 21, 2000 1 28
  Martina Hingis (5) May 22, 2000 Oct 14, 2001 73 209
10   Jennifer Capriati (USA) Oct 15, 2001 Nov 4, 2001 3 3
  Lindsay Davenport (5) Nov 5, 2001 Jan 13, 2002 10 38
  Jennifer Capriati (2) Jan 14, 2002 Feb 24, 2002 6 9
11   Venus Williams (USA) Feb 25, 2002 Mar 17, 2002 3 3
  Jennifer Capriati (3) Mar 18, 2002 Apr 21, 2002 5 14
  Venus Williams (2) Apr 22, 2002 May 19, 2002 4 7
  Jennifer Capriati (4) May 20, 2002 Jun 9, 2002 3 17
  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
  Kim Clijsters (2) Oct 27, 2003 Nov 9, 2003 2 12
  Justine Henin (2) Nov 10, 2003 Sep 12, 2004 44 45
15   Amélie Mauresmo (FRA) Sep 13, 2004 Oct 17, 2004 5 5
  Lindsay Davenport (6) Oct 18, 2004 Aug 21, 2005 44 82
16   Maria Sharapova (RUS) Aug 22, 2005 Aug 28, 2005 1 1
  Lindsay Davenport (7) Aug 29, 2005 Sep 11, 2005 2 84
  Maria Sharapova (2) Sep 12, 2005 Oct 23, 2005 6 7
  Lindsay Davenport (8) Oct 24, 2005 Jan 29, 2006 14 98
  Kim Clijsters (3) Jan 30, 2006 Mar 19, 2006 7 19
  Amélie Mauresmo (2) Mar 20, 2006 Nov 12, 2006 34 39
  Justine Henin (3) Nov 13, 2006 Jan 28, 2007 11 56
  Maria Sharapova (3) Jan 29, 2007 Mar 18, 2007 7 14
  Justine Henin (4) Mar 19, 2007 May 18, 2008 61 117
  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
  Ana Ivanovic (2) Aug 18, 2008 Sep 7, 2008 3 12
  Serena Williams (2) Sep 8, 2008 Oct 5, 2008 4 61
  Jelena Janković (2) Oct 6, 2008 Feb 1, 2009 17 18
  Serena Williams (3) Feb 2, 2009 Apr 19, 2009 11 72
19   Dinara Safina (RUS) Apr 20, 2009 Oct 11, 2009 25 25
  Serena Williams (4) Oct 12, 2009 Oct 25, 2009 2 74
  Dinara Safina (2) Oct 26, 2009 Nov 1, 2009 1 26
  Serena Williams (5) Nov 2, 2009 Oct 10, 2010 49 123
20   Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) Oct 11, 2010 Feb 13, 2011 18 18
  Kim Clijsters (4) Feb 14, 2011 Feb 20, 2011 1 20
  Caroline Wozniacki (2) Feb 21, 2011 Jan 29, 2012 49 67
21   Victoria Azarenka (BLR) Jan 30, 2012 Jun 10, 2012 19 19
  Maria Sharapova (5) Jun 11, 2012 Jul 8, 2012 4 21
  Victoria Azarenka (2) Jul 9, 2012 Feb 17, 2013 32 51
  Serena Williams (6) Feb 18, 2013 Sep 11, 2016 186  309
22   Angelique Kerber (GER) Sep 12, 2016 Jan 29, 2017 20 20
  Serena Williams (7) Jan 30, 2017 Mar 19, 2017 7 316
  Angelique Kerber (2) Mar 20, 2017 Apr 23, 2017 5 25
  Serena Williams (8) Apr 24, 2017 May 14, 2017 3 319
  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
  Caroline Wozniacki (3) Jan 29, 2018 Feb 25, 2018 4 71
  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
  Naomi Osaka (2) Aug 12, 2019 Sep 8, 2019 4 25
  Ashleigh Barty (2) Sep 9, 2019 Mar 22, 2020 28 35
Rankings frozen
Mar 23, 2020 Aug 9, 2020 20
  Ashleigh Barty (2) Aug 10, 2020 Present 75 110
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. 1Edit

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 (SWI) 209
6  /  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   Steffi Graf
  Serena Williams
156   Martina Navratilova
113   Chris Evert
103   Ashleigh Barty
94   Steffi Graf (2)
91  /  Monica Seles
90   Martina Navratilova (2)
87   Steffi Graf (3)
80   Martina Hingis
76   Chris Evert (2)
73   Martina Hingis (2)
64   Monica Seles (2)
61   Justine Henin
57   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-holdersEdit

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

Current record in bold.

Year-end No. 1 playersEdit

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

By yearEdit

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

Per playerEdit

Total
# Player
8   Steffi Graf
7   Martina Navratilova
5   Chris Evert
  Serena Williams
4   Lindsay Davenport
3  /  Monica Seles
  Martina Hingis
  Justine Henin
  Ashleigh Barty
2   Caroline Wozniacki
  Simona Halep
1   Jelena Janković
  Victoria Azarenka
  Angelique Kerber
Consecutive
# Player
5   Martina Navratilova
4   Steffi Graf (x2)
3   Chris Evert
  Serena Williams
  Ashleigh Barty
2   Martina Navratilova
  Chris Evert
  Monica Seles
  Martina Hingis
  Lindsay Davenport
  Justine Henin
  Caroline Wozniacki
  Simona Halep

Players who became No. 1 without having won a Grand Slam titleEdit

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

Weeks at No. 1 by countryEdit

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  / /  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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.