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As part of international sports' reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the WTA, the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), the ITF, and the four Grand Slam tournaments jointly announced that players from Belarus and Russia would not be allowed to play under the names or flags of their countries, but would remain eligible to play events until further notice. On 20 May 2022, the ATP and WTA announced that ranking points will not be awarded for Wimbledon, due to a decision by the All England Club which prohibits any player from Belarus or Russia from participating in the tournament.
In March 2022, Hologic, an American medical diagnostics and technology company, signed a multi-year deal to become the first WTA Tour title sponsor since 2010 after the WTA's partnership with Sony Ericsson had ended. Hologic cited the WTA's stance on withholding events in China in the wake of Peng's allegations as one of its factors in deciding to sponsor the circuit.
total number of titles (a doubles title won by two players representing the same nation counts as only one win for the nation);
cumulated importance of those titles (one Grand Slam win equalling two WTA 1000 wins, one year-end championships win equalling one-and-a-half WTA 1000 win, one WTA 1000 win equalling two WTA 500 wins, one WTA 500 win equalling two WTA 250 wins);
a singles > doubles > mixed doubles hierarchy;
alphabetical order (by family names for players).
Titles won by player
Titles won by nation
^ abcdThese tournaments are still distributed by points:
1000 points (WTA 1000; mandatory)
900 points (WTA 1000; non-mandatory)
470 points (WTA 500)
280 points (WTA 250)
^ abcdefghiAs of 1 March 2022, the ATP announced that players from Russia and Belarus will not compete in tournaments under the name or flag of Russia or Belarus due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
^From 1 March, titles won by Russian players will not be counted towards Russia's tally.
^From 1 March, titles won by Belarussian players will not be counted towards Belarus' tally.
The following players won their first main circuit title in singles, doubles, or mixed doubles:
Marta Domachowska(born 16 January 1986 in Warsaw, Poland): In an interview with Polsat Sport, Domachowska indicated she plans to return to the professional circuit after eight years away from the WTA Tour, following an appearance at a Polish tennis tournament in fall 2021, where she rediscovered the thrill of playing.
Ashleigh Barty(born 24 April 1996 in Ipswich, Australia) turned professional in 2010. A junior world No. 2, Barty won the girls' singles title at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and competed on the WTA Tour from 2012 to 2014, focusing mainly on doubles. Partnering Casey Dellacqua, Barty finished as a runner-up at three Grand Slam tournaments - the 2013 Australian Open, 2013 Wimbledon Championships, and 2013 US Open - won two WTA doubles titles, and reached a peak doubles ranking of No. 12 in the world on 21 October 2013; her highest singles ranking was No. 129 in the world, achieved on 30 September 2013 after winning four singles titles on the ITF circuit. At the end of the 2014 season, Barty announced that she would "take a break" from tennis, citing exhaustion, and focused on cricket for two years, playing for the Brisbane Heat in the WBBL. She announced her return to tennis in February 2016, and began to make her breakthrough in 2017. She won her maiden WTA singles title at the 2017 Malaysian Open, and won multiple doubles titles at WTA 1000 level and above in 2018, including her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2018 US Open, partnering CoCo Vandeweghe. Barty began to make great strides in her singles game from the start of 2019, winning the singles title at the 2019 Miami Open, a WTA 1000 event, before winning her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2019 French Open. Barty would rise to the world No. 1 ranking for the first time on 24 June 2019, and would hold it continuously from 9 September 2019 until the date of her retirement. In total, Barty would win 15 WTA Tour singles titles - including two further Grand Slam titles at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships and the 2022 Australian Open, becoming the first Australian woman to win the home Slam since Chris O'Neil in 1978, and the 2019 WTA Finals - and would win a total 12 WTA Tour doubles titles, reaching a career-high doubles ranking of No. 5 in the world on 21 May 2018; Barty would also win an Olympic bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the mixed doubles competition, partnering John Peers, and led Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2019 Fed Cup. Barty would hold the WTA world No. 1 ranking for a total of 120 weeks, the seventh longest stint in history; 113 of these weeks were consecutive, which is the fifth longest consecutive run at No. 1 in history, tied with Chris Evert. Barty announced her retirement on 23 March 2022, citing a lack of desire to compete, in an interview with friend and former doubles partner Dellacqua, becoming the second player to retire as the world No. 1, after Justine Henin in 2008.
Former world No. 1 and Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters(pictured in 2011) retired for the third time in 2022.
Kim Clijsters(born 8 June 1983 in Bilzen, Belgium) turned professional in August 1997. A former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles, she first attained the ranking in singles on 11 August 2003, and in doubles on 4 August 2003. In total, Clijsters held the ranking in singles for 20 weeks, and was No. 1 in doubles for four weeks, and held both rankings concurrently in 2003, becoming one of only six women to achieve this feat.[d] Clijsters experienced rapid success on the WTA Tour upon turning professional, reaching Grand Slam finals at the 2001 and 2003 French Opens, the 2003 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open, winning 34 singles titles, including a maiden Grand Slam title at the 2005 US Open. She retired in 2007 following a series of injuries, before returning in 2009 following the birth of her daughter. She won her second Grand Slam tournament as an unranked player at the 2009 US Open, her third tournament played upon her comeback, before winning further Grand Slam tournaments at the 2010 US Open and the 2011 Australian Open, returning to the world No. 1 ranking on 14 February 2011. She retired for a second time in September 2012 due to injuries, before announcing her return in 2020. In a period of time affected by injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic, Clijsters played and lost five matches, before announcing her permanent retirement on 12 April 2022. In total, Clijsters won 41 WTA Tour singles titles, including three titles at the 2002, 2003, and the 2010 WTA Tour Championships and seven WTA 1000 titles, and also won 11 WTA doubles titles, including two Grand Slam titles at the 2003 French Open and the 2003 Wimbledon Championships, partnering Ai Sugiyama. She also led Belgium to the 2001 Fed Cup title alongside Justine Henin; this is, to date, Belgium's only title at the Fed Cup. Clijsters was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017.
Valentina Ivakhnenko(born 27 June 1993 in Yalta, Ukraine) turned professional in July 2007. She won seven singles titles on the ITF Tour, reaching a career-high singles ranking of No. 167 in the world on 30 July 2018. Ivakhnenko focused on doubles throughout her career, reaching one WTA Tour final, at the 2016 Katowice Open, and won 35 doubles titles on the ITF Tour, reaching a career-high doubles ranking of No. 104 in the world on 28 November 2016. She announced her retirement on 10 March 2022, citing a desire to change career.
Jelena Jankovi?(born 28 February 1985 in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia; now Serbia) turned professional in 2000. A former world No. 1 in singles, Jankovi? first attained the ranking on 11 August 2008, and held the ranking for 18 weeks in total; her career-high doubles ranking of No. 19 in the world was attained on 9 June 2014. One of the most successful players of her era, Jankovi? won 15 singles titles on the WTA Tour, including six at WTA 1000 level; she also won two doubles titles on the WTA Tour. At the Grand Slam level, Jankovi? reached one singles final, at the 2008 US Open, and entered the second week on 21 further occasions. Furthermore, she won the mixed doubles title at the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, partnering Jamie Murray. Jankovi? played her last competitive match in 2017, taking an extended break due to a severe back injury. Despite tentatively making a comeback in 2020, partnering compatriot Novak Djokovic in an exhibition mixed doubles match, Jankovi? did not return to the WTA Tour, and eventually announced her retirement in 2022. In an interview with Serbian news outlet B92, Jankovi? stated that she was retiring due to continuing injuries, and also as she felt she could not balance a professional tennis career with motherhood.
Jovana Jovi?(born 30 September 1993 in Belgrade, FR Yugoslavia; now Serbia) turned professional in June 2009. Jovi? reached one WTA singles final in her career, at the 2014 Monterrey Open, and won 17 singles titles on the ITF circuit; she reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 102 in the world on 12 May 2014. Jovi? also won four doubles titles on the ITF circuit, reaching a career-high doubles ranking of No. 204 in the world on 31 July 2017. Jovi? announced her retirement on 5 March 2022, a year after playing her final competitive match, beginning a career as a tennis coach.
Quirine Lemoine(born 25 December 1991 in Woerden, Netherlands) turned professional in 2008. Lemoine won 19 singles titles on the ITF circuit, reaching a career-high singles ranking of No. 137 in the world on 3 July 2017. Lemoine won one WTA Tour doubles title, at the 2017 Swedish Open, and 27 ITF doubles titles, peaking at No. 116 in the doubles rankings on 14 August 2017. In July 2022, Lemoine announced her retirement at the ITF 60K Amstelveen tournament.
Cornelia Lister(born 26 May 1994 in Oslo, Norway) turned professional in November 2010. Lister won one singles title on the ITF circuit, reaching a career-high singles ranking of No. 383 in the world on 7 May 2018. Known for her doubles prowess, Lister won one WTA Tour doubles title, at the 2019 Palermo International, and 25 ITF doubles titles, peaking at No. 72 in the doubles rankings on 3 February 2020. Lister announced her retirement on 10 January 2022, citing a lack of motivation and desire to compete.
Sania Mirza(born 15 November 1986 in Mumbai, India) turned professional in February 2003. Mirza is a former doubles world No. 1 and six-time major champion. She plans to retire from professional tennis after the 2022 season.
Peng Shuai(born 8 January 1986 in Xiangtan, China) turned professional in June 2001. Peng had a career-high singles ranking of No. 14 in the world, achieved on 22 August 2011, and was a former doubles World No. 1, first attaining the ranking on 17 February 2014. She won two WTA singles titles, and reached the semifinals of the 2014 US Open. In addition, Peng also won 23 doubles titles, including two Grand Slams, at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships and the 2014 French Open, both partnering Hsieh Su-wei. In November 2021, Peng made an allegation of sexual assault against retired Chinese politician Zhang Gaoli on Weibo, and subsequently disappeared from the public eye, with her post being subject to blanket censorship in China. In February 2022, in an interview with French publication L'Équipe, conducted in the presence of officials from the Chinese Olympic Committee, Peng retracted her allegation of sexual assault, describing the events as a "misunderstanding". She also announced her retirement from the sport at the conclusion of the 2022 Winter Olympics, citing injuries and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as reasons for her decision.
Kv?ta Peschke(born 9 July 1975 in Bílovec, Czechoslovakia; now Czech Republic) turned professional in April 1993. Peschke, née Hrdli?ková, had a career-high singles ranking of No. 26 in the world, achieved on 7 November 2005, and was a former doubles World No. 1, first attaining the ranking on 4 July 2011. Peschke won one WTA singles title, at the 1998 Makarska Open, and also won 10 singles titles on the ITF circuit. She also reached the fourth round of the 1999 Wimbledon Championships, her best result at a Grand Slam tournament in singles. Peschke was best known for her doubles prowess, winning 36 titles, including one Grand Slam title at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, and seven titles at WTA 1000 level. Peschke announced her retirement on 8 April 2022, playing her final match at the Charleston Open. She plans to retire officially at 2022 Wimbledon.
Monica Puig(born 27 September 1993 in San Juan, Puerto Rico) turned professional in 2010. She had a career-high singles ranking of No. 27 in the world, achieved on 26 September 2016; her career-high doubles ranking of No. 210 was achieved on 25 May 2015. Puig won her maiden WTA Tour singles title at the 2014 Internationaux de Strasbourg, and achieved her best result at a Grand Slam at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, where she reached the fourth round. Puig reached worldwide prominence by winning a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, defeating top-ten players Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber en route, becoming the first athlete ever to win a gold medal for Puerto Rico at the Summer Olympics. Despite her historic success, Puig experienced a loss of form, falling out of the top 50 in June 2017, and returning only for 11 weeks throughout the remainder of her career. Later, Puig struggled with injuries, notably to her elbow and her shoulder, and had four surgeries over a three year period. On 13 June 2022, Puig announced her retirement from tennis, stating "my body has had enough".
Laura Robson(born 21 January 1994 in Melbourne, Australia) turned professional in 2007. Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women's Open, Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA Tour final, where she lost to Hsieh Su-wei. She was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012 and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 27 on 8 July 2013. In doubles, she won a silver medal in the mixed-doubles competition at the 2012 London Olympics playing with Andy Murray, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final, and she attained a career-high doubles ranking of No. 82 on 17 March 2014. Robson suffered from various injuries throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons, notably to her left (and dominant) wrist for which she underwent surgery in April 2014, resulting in multiple prolonged absences from the WTA Tour. After returning to full-time tennis in January 2016 post-injury, Robson struggled with form and did not return to the top 150 in singles tennis, and continued to struggle with injuries throughout the remainder of her career. On 16 May 2022, Robson announced her retirement from the sport, aged 28.
^Name and ranking in bold means the player entered the top 10 or became world No. 1 for the first time, and only the ranking in bold means the player had entered the top 10 previously but reached a new career high ranking.
^The WTA rankings are the weekly computer ratings defined by the WTA and are based on a rolling, 52-week cumulative system.
^The WTA Race rankings measure the points a player (for singles) or team (for doubles) has accumulated over the season leading up to the year-end WTA Finals.