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The WTA Rankings are the ratings defined by the Women's Tennis Association, introduced in November 1975.[1]

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Ranking methodEdit

The WTA rankings are based on a rolling 52-week, cumulative system. A player's ranking is determined by her results at a maximum of 16 tournaments for singles and 11 for doubles and points are awarded based on how far a player advances in a tournament. The basis for calculating a player's ranking are those tournaments that yield the highest ranking points during the rolling 52-week period with the condition that they must include points from the 4 Grand Slams, the 4 Premier Mandatory tournaments and the WTA Finals. In addition, for Top 20 players, their best two results at Premier 5 tournaments will also count.[2] Up until 2016, the WTA also distributed ranking points, for singles players only, who competed at the Summer Olympics. However, this has since been discontinued.[3]

In order to appear on the WTA rankings, players must earn ranking points in at least three tournaments, or a minimum of 10 singles ranking points or 10 doubles ranking points in one or more tournaments.

The points distribution for tournaments in 2019 is shown below. Points earned in 2013 were a little different in some cases and retained their value until they expired after 52 weeks.

Category W F SF QF R16 R32 R64 R128 Q Q3 Q2 Q1
Grand Slam (S) 2000 1300 780 430 240 130 70 10 40 30 20 2
Grand Slam (D) 2000 1300 780 430 240 130 10 40
WTA Finals (S) 1500* 1080* 750* (+125 per Round Robin Match; +125 per Round Robin Win)
WTA Finals (D) 1500 1080 750 375
WTA Premier Mandatory (96S) 1000 650 390 215 120 65 35 10 30 20 2
WTA Premier Mandatory (64/60S) 1000 650 390 215 120 65 10 30 20 2
WTA Premier Mandatory (28/32D) 1000 650 390 215 120 10
WTA Premier 5 (56S,64Q) 900 585 350 190 105 60 1 30 22 15 1
WTA Premier 5 (56S,48/32Q) 900 585 350 190 105 60 1 30 20 1
WTA Premier 5 (28D) 900 585 350 190 105 1
WTA Premier 5 (16D) 900 585 350 190 1
WTA Premier (56S) 470 305 185 100 55 30 1 25 13 1
WTA Premier (32S) 470 305 185 100 55 1 25 18 13 1
WTA Premier (16D) 470 305 185 100 1
WTA Elite Trophy (S) 700* 440* 240* (+40 per Round Robin Match; +80 per Round Robin Win)
WTA International (32S,32Q) 280 180 110 60 30 1 18 14 10 1
WTA International (32S,16Q) 280 180 110 60 30 1 18 12 1
WTA International (16D) 280 180 110 60 1
WTA 125K series (S) 160 95 57 29 15 1 6 4 1
WTA 125K series (D) 160 95 57 29 1 -
ITF $100,000+H (S) 150 90 55 28 14 1 6 4
ITF $100,000+H (D) 150 90 55 28 1
ITF $100,000 (S) 140 85 50 25 13 1 6 4
ITF $100,000 (D) 140 85 50 25 1
ITF $80,000+H (S) 130 80 48 24 12 1 5 3
ITF $80,000+H (D) 130 80 48 24 1
ITF $80,000 (S) 115 70 42 21 10 1 5 3
ITF $80,000 (D) 115 70 42 21 1
ITF $60,000+H (S) 100 60 36 18 9 1 5 3
ITF $60,000+H (D) 100 60 36 18 1
ITF $60,000 (S) 80 48 29 15 8 1 5 3
ITF $60,000 (D) 80 48 29 15 1
ITF $25,000+H (S) 60 36 22 11 6 1 2
ITF $25,000+H (D) 60 36 22 11 1
ITF $25,000 (S) 50 30 18 9 5 1 1
ITF $25,000 (D) 50 30 18 9 1

S = singles players, D = doubles teams, Q = qualification players.
* Assumes undefeated Round Robin match record.
"+H" indicates that Hospitality is provided.

Note that if a player or team receives one or more byes and then loses their first match of the tournament, they will only receive points for the first round of that tournament. For example, if a player receives a bye in R64 and then loses her match in R32, she will only receive points for R64 despite having advanced (via bye) to R32. Similarly, if a player or team withdraws from their first match after receiving a bye, they will not be awarded any points for that tournament.[4]

In ITF tournaments, the main draw is normally 32 for singles and 16 for doubles. Losers in the first round of doubles will receive points equal to that shown in the R32 column above. For subsequent rounds (quarter-finals onwards) the points are the same as for singles.

Current rankingsEdit

Number one ranked playersEdit

The following is a chronological list of players who have achieved the number one position in singles since the WTA began producing computerized rankings on November 3, 1975 (active players in green):

No. Player Date reached Total weeks
1   Chris Evert Nov 3, 1975 260
2   Evonne Goolagong Cawley Apr 26, 1976 2
3   Martina Navratilova Jul 10, 1978 332
4   Tracy Austin Apr 7, 1980 21
5   Steffi Graf Aug 17, 1987 377
6  / /  Monica Seles Mar 11, 1991 178
7   Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Feb 6, 1995 12
8   Martina Hingis Mar 31, 1997 209
9   Lindsay Davenport Oct 12, 1998 98
10   Jennifer Capriati Oct 15, 2001 17
11   Venus Williams Feb 25, 2002 11
12   Serena Williams Jul 8, 2002 319
13   Kim Clijsters Aug 11, 2003 20
14   Justine Henin Oct 20, 2003 117
15   Amélie Mauresmo Sep 13, 2004 39
16   Maria Sharapova Aug 22, 2005 21
17   Ana Ivanovic Jun 9, 2008 12
18   Jelena Janković Aug 11, 2008 18
19   Dinara Safina Apr 20, 2009 26
20   Caroline Wozniacki Oct 11, 2010 71
21   Victoria Azarenka Jan 30, 2012 51
22   Angelique Kerber Sep 12, 2016 34
23   Karolína Plíšková July 17, 2017 8
24   Garbiñe Muguruza Sep 11, 2017 4
25   Simona Halep Oct 9, 2017 64
26   Naomi Osaka Jan 28, 2019 23
27   Ashleigh Barty Jun 24, 2019 7

Last update: 19 August 2019

Year-end number one playersEdit

The year-end number one player is the player at the head of the WTA rankings following the completion of the final tournament of the calendar year.

SinglesEdit

No. 1 all weeks of the year

DoublesEdit

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
  Serena Williams /   Venus Williams
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
2016   IND Sania Mirza   Caroline Garcia /   Kristina Mladenovic
2017   TPE
  SUI
Latisha Chan (20)
Martina Hingis (21)
  Latisha Chan /   Martina Hingis
2018   CZE Kateřina Siniaková (22)   Barbora Krejčíková /   Kateřina Siniaková
No. 1 all weeks of the year

Players with highest career rank 2–5Edit

The following is a list of singles players who were ranked world No. 5 or higher but not No. 1 (active players in green):

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "WTA Rankings". Women's Tennis Association.
  2. ^ "New Trophies For Rankings Anniversary". WTA.
  3. ^ "Points and Prize Money Mean More to Olympic Tennis Holdouts". New York Times.
  4. ^ "2019 WTA Official Rulebook" (PDF). WTA.
  5. ^ "WTA Rankings". wtatennis.com. WTA Tour, Inc.
  6. ^ "WTA Rankings". wtatennis.com. WTA Tour, Inc.

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