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WTA Ranking

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

Ranking method

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 Elite Trophy (S) 700* 440* 240* (+40 per Round Robin Match; +80 per Round Robin Win)
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 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 rankings

Number one ranked players

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 United States Chris Evert Nov 3, 1975 260
2 Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley Apr 26, 1976 2
3 United States Martina Navratilova Jul 10, 1978 332
4 United States Tracy Austin Apr 7, 1980 21
5 Germany Steffi Graf Aug 17, 1987 377
6 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/United States Monica Seles Mar 11, 1991 178
7 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Feb 6, 1995 12
8 Switzerland Martina Hingis Mar 31, 1997 209
9 United States Lindsay Davenport Oct 12, 1998 98
10 United States Jennifer Capriati Oct 15, 2001 17
11 United States Venus Williams Feb 25, 2002 11
12 United States Serena Williams Jul 8, 2002 319
13 Belgium Kim Clijsters Aug 11, 2003 20
14 Belgium Justine Henin Oct 20, 2003 117
15 France Amélie Mauresmo Sep 13, 2004 39
16 Russia Maria Sharapova Aug 22, 2005 21
17 Serbia Ana Ivanovic Jun 9, 2008 12
18 Serbia Jelena Jankovi? Aug 11, 2008 18
19 Russia Dinara Safina Apr 20, 2009 26
20 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki Oct 11, 2010 71
21 Belarus Victoria Azarenka Jan 30, 2012 51
22 Germany Angelique Kerber Sep 12, 2016 34
23 Czech Republic Karolína Plí?ková July 17, 2017 8
24 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza Sep 11, 2017 4
25 Romania Simona Halep Oct 9, 2017 64
26 Japan Naomi Osaka Jan 28, 2019 25
27 Australia Ashleigh Barty Jun 24, 2019 14

Last update: 21 October 2019

Year-end number one players

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.

Singles

No. 1 all weeks of the year

Doubles

Year Country Player Team
1984 United States USA Martina Navratilova (1) United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver
1985 United States USA Pam Shriver (2) United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver
1986 United States USA Martina Navratilova United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver
1987 United States USA Martina Navratilova United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver
1988 United States USA Martina Navratilova United States Martina Navratilova / United States Pam Shriver
1989 United States USA Martina Navratilova Czechoslovakia Helena Suková / Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
1990 Czechoslovakia TCH Helena Suková (3) Czechoslovakia Helena Suková / Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
1991 Czechoslovakia TCH Jana Novotná (4) United States Gigi Fernández / Czechoslovakia Jana Novotná
1992 Czech Republic CZE Helena Suková Latvia Larisa Neiland / Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1993 United States USA Gigi Fernández (5) United States Gigi Fernández / Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1994 Belarus BLR Natasha Zvereva (6) United States Gigi Fernández / Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1995 Spain ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario (7) United States Gigi Fernández / Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1996 Spain ESP Arantxa Sánchez Vicario Czech Republic Jana Novotná / Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
1997 Belarus BLR Natasha Zvereva United States Gigi Fernández / Belarus Natasha Zvereva
1998 Belarus BLR Natasha Zvereva Switzerland Martina Hingis / Czech Republic Jana Novotná
1999 Russia RUS Anna Kournikova (8) Switzerland Martina Hingis / Russia Anna Kournikova
2000 Japan JPN Ai Sugiyama (9) United States Serena Williams / United States Venus Williams
2001 United States USA Lisa Raymond (10) United States Lisa Raymond / Australia Rennae Stubbs
2002 Argentina ARG Paola Suárez (11) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual / Argentina Paola Suárez
2003 Argentina ARG Paola Suárez Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual / Argentina Paola Suárez
2004 Spain ESP Virginia Ruano Pascual (12) Spain Virginia Ruano Pascual / Argentina Paola Suárez
2005 Zimbabwe ZIM Cara Black (13) United States Lisa Raymond / Australia Samantha Stosur
2006 United States USA
Australia AUS
Lisa Raymond
Samantha Stosur (14)
United States Lisa Raymond / Australia Samantha Stosur
2007 Zimbabwe ZIM
United States USA
Cara Black
Liezel Huber (15)
Zimbabwe Cara Black / United States Liezel Huber
2008 Zimbabwe ZIM
United States USA
Cara Black
Liezel Huber
Zimbabwe Cara Black / United States Liezel Huber
2009 Zimbabwe ZIM
United States USA
Cara Black
Liezel Huber
United States Serena Williams / United States Venus Williams
2010 Argentina ARG Gisela Dulko (16) Argentina Gisela Dulko / Italy Flavia Pennetta
2011 United States USA Liezel Huber Czech Republic Kv?ta Peschke / Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
2012 Italy ITA Roberta Vinci (17) Italy Sara Errani / Italy Roberta Vinci
2013 Italy ITA Roberta Vinci Italy Sara Errani / Italy Roberta Vinci
Italy ITA Sara Errani (18)
2014 Italy ITA
Italy ITA
Roberta Vinci
Sara Errani
Italy Sara Errani / Italy Roberta Vinci
2015 India IND Sania Mirza (19) Switzerland Martina Hingis / India Sania Mirza
2016 India IND Sania Mirza France Caroline Garcia / France Kristina Mladenovic
2017 Chinese Taipei TPE
Switzerland SUI
Latisha Chan (20)
Martina Hingis (21)
Chinese Taipei Latisha Chan / Switzerland Martina Hingis
2018 Czech Republic CZE Kate?ina Siniaková (22) Czech Republic Barbora Krej?íková / Czech Republic Kate?ina Siniaková
No. 1 all weeks of the year

Players with highest career rank 2-5

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 also

Notes and references

  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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