WTA Rankings History – World No.1s from 1975 to Date

The WTA Rankings system is the method used by the WTA to see who should qualify and who should be seeded in the different singles and doubles WTA Tournaments that are held all across the globe.

The first WTA rankings were published by the WTA on the 3rd of November 1975 with Chris Evert being the first female tennis player to be ranked number 1 in the world.

Since then a total of 30 different women have achieved the number 1 status in the WTA rankings.

WTA Rankings History - No.1s from 1975 to Date
WTA Rankings History – No.1s from 1975 to Date

WTA Rankings History – No.1s from 1975 to Date

Tennis PlayerDate FromDate ToNumber of Weeks
Chris Evert (1)03 November 197525 April 197625
Evonne Goolagong (2)26 April 197609 May 19762
Chris Evert10 May 197609 July 1978113
Martina Navratilova (3)10 July 197813 January 197927
Chris Evert14 January 197927 January 19792
Martina Navratilova28 January 197924 February 19794
Chris Evert25 January 197915 April 197911
Martina Navratilova16 April 197924 June 197910
Chris Evert25 June 197909 September 197911
Martina Navratilova10 September 197906 April 198030
Tracy Austin (4)07 April 198020 April 19802
Martina Navratilova21 April 198030 June 198010
Tracy Austin01 July 198017 November 198020
Chris Evert18 November 198002 May 198276
Martina Navratilova03 May 198216 May 19822
Chris Evert17 May 198213 June 19824
Martina Navratilova14 June 198209 June 1985156
Chris Evert10 June 198513 October 198518
Martina Navratilova14 October 198527 October 19852
Chris Evert28 October 198524 November 19854
Martina Navratilova25 November 198516 August 198790
Steffi Graf (5)17 August 198710 March 1991186
Monica Seles (6)11 March 199104 August 199121
Steffi Graf05 August 199111 August 19911
Monica Seles12 August 199118 August 19911
Steffi Graf19 August 199108 September 19913
Monica Seles09 September 199106 June 199391
Steffi Graf07 June 199305 February 199587
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (7)06 February 199519 February 19952
Steffi Graf20 February 199526 February 19951
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario27 February 199509 April 19956
Steffi Graf10 April 199514 May 19955
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario15 May 199511 June 19954
Steffi Graf12 June 199515 August 19959
Steffi Graf/Monica Seles*16 August 199503 November 199511
Steffi Graf04 November 199517 November 19952
Steffi Graf/Monica Seles*18 November 199524 November 199653
Steffi Graf25 November 199630 March 199718
Martina Hingis (8)31 March 199711 October 199880
Lindsay Davenport (9)12 October 199807 February 199917
Martina Hingis08 February 199904 July 199921
Lindsay Davenport05 July 199908 August 19995
Martina Hingis09 August 199902 April 200034
Lindsay Davenport03 April 200007 May 20005
Martina Hingis08 May 200014 May 20001
Lindsay Davenport15 May 200021 May 20001
Martina Hingis22 May 200014 October 200173
Jennifer Capriati (10)15 October 200104 November 20013
Lindsay Davenport05 November 200113 January 200210
Jennifer Capriati14 January 200224 February 20026
Venus Williams (11)25 February 200217 March 20023
Jennifer Capriati18 March 200221 April 20025
Venus Williams22 April 200219 May 20024
Jennifer Capriati20 May 200209 June 20023
Venus Williams10 June 200207 July 20024
Serena Williams (12)08 July 200210 August 200357
Kim Clijsters (13)11 August 200319 October 200310
Justin Henin-Hardenne (14)20 October 200326 October 20031
Kim Clijsters27 October 200309 November 20032
Justine Henin10 November 200312 September 200444
Amelie Mauresmo (15)13 September 200417 October 20045
Lindsay Davenport18 October 200421 August 200544
Maria Sharapova (16)22 August 200528 August 20051
Lindsay Davenport29 August 200511 September 20052
Maria Sharapova12 September 200523 October 20056
Lindsay Davenport24 October 200529 January 200614
Kim Clijsters30 January 200619 March 20067
Amelie Mauresmo (17)20 March 200612 November 200634
Justine Henin13 November 200628 January 200711
Maria Sharapova29 January 200718 March 20077
Justine Henin19 March 200718 May 200861
Maria Sharapova19 May 200808 June 20083
Ana Ivanovic (18)09 June 200810 August 20089
Jelena Jankovic (19)11 August 200817 August 20081
Ana Ivanovic18 August 200807 September 20083
Serena Williams08 September 200804 October 20084
Jelena Jankovic05 October 200801 February 200917
Serena Williams02 February 200919 April 200911
Dinara Safina (20)20 April 200911 October 200925
Serena Williams12 October 200925 October 20092
Dinara Safina26 October 200901 November 20091
Serena Williams02 November 200910 October 201049
Caroline Wozniacki (21)11 October 201013 February 201118
Kim Clijsters14 February 201120 February 20111
Caroline Wozniacki21 February 201129 January 201249
Victoria Azarenka (22)30 January 201210 June 201219
Maria Sharapova11 June 201208 July 20124
Victoria Azarenka09 July 201217 February 201332
Serena Williams18 February 201311 September 2016186
Angelique Kerber (23)12 September 201629 January 201720
Serena Williams30 January 201719 March 20177
Angelique Kerber20 March 201723 April 20175
Serena Williams24 April 201714 May 20173
Angelique Kerber15 May 201716 July 20179
Kristina Pliskova (24)17 July 201710 September 201717
Garbine Muguruza (25)11 September 201708 October 20174
Simona Halep (26)09 October 201728 January 201816
Caroline Wozniacki (27)29 January 201825 February 20184
Simona Halep26 February 201827 January 201948
Naomi Osaka (28)28 January 201923 June 201921
Ashleigh Barty (29)24 June 201911 August 20197
Naomi Osaka12 August 201908 September 20194
Ashleigh Barty09 September 201922 March 202028
Rankings Frozen**23 March 202009 August 202020
Ashleigh Barty10 August 202003 April 202286
Iga Swiatek (30)04 April 2022To date7

Above is a list of world No.1s from the very first WTA Ranking in 1975 to date.

*Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Germany in 1993. When she returned to the tour in 1995, the WTA decided to rank Monica Seles and Steffi Graff jointly as No. 1 for the first six tournaments Seles played. Monica Seles and Steffi Graff shared the number 1 spot for a total of 64 weeks.

**The WTA Ranking was frozen between the 23rd of March 2020 and the 9th of August 2020 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.

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