WTA Year End Number 1s

The first year end number 1 in women’s tennis was Chris Evert from the US who finished 1975 as the top ranked player in the WTA rankings.

The most recent year end no.1 was Iga Swiatek from Poland, who finished top of the rankings in 2022, with an impressive 6,030 point lead over second-placed Ons Jabeur.

WTA Year End Number 1s

WTA Number 1s by Year

YearPlayer’s Name
2022Iga Swiatek
2021Ashleigh Barty
2020Ashleigh Barty
2019Ashleigh Barty
2018Simona Halep
2017Simona Halep
2016Angelique Kerber
2015Serena Williams
2014S.Williams
2013S.Williams
2012Victoria Azarenka
2011Caroline Wozniacki
2010Caroline Wozniacki
2009S.Williams
2008Jelena Jankovic
2007Justine Henin
2006Justine Henin
2005Lindsay Davenport
2004L.Davenport
2003Justine Henin
2002Serena Williams
2001L.Davenport
2000Martina Hingis
1999Martina Hingis
1998L.Davenport
1997Martina Hingis
1996Steffi Graf
1995S.Graf/M.Seles
1994S.Graf
1993S.Graf
1992Monica Seles
1991Monica Seles
1990S.Graf
1989S.Graf
1988S.Graf
1987S.Graf
1986Martina Navratilova
1985M.Navratilova
1984M.Navratilova
1983M.Navratilova
1982M.Navratilova
1981Chris Evert
1980C.Evert
1979M.Navratilova
1978M.Navratilova
1977C.Evert
1976C.Evert
1975C.Evert

Most Year End No 1s in Women’s Tennis

Steffi Graf currently holds the record for most year end no. 1s with eight* (1987-1990, 1993-1996).

*In 1995 Graf shared the no.1 position with Monica Seles.

In second place is Martina Navratilova who holds the record for the most consecutive end of year no 1s with five (1982 – 1986).

Player’s NameYE No.1s
Steffi Graf8
Martina Navratilova7
Chris Evert5
Serena Williams5
Lindsay Davenport4
Ashleigh Barty3
Justine Henin3
Martina Hingis3
Monica Seles3
Caroline Wozniacki2
Simona Halep2
Angelique Kerber1
Iga Swiatek1
Jelena Jankovic1
Victoria Azarenka1

WTA Year End Number 1s by Country

The USA leads the way with fourteen (Chris Evert (5), Serena Williams (5), and Lindsay Davenport (4)), followed by Germany with nine (Steffi Graf (8) and Angelique Kerber (1)), and the Czech Republic with seven (Martina Navratilova (7)).

CountryYE No.1s
USA14
Germany9
Czech Republic7
Serbia4
Australia3
Belgium3
Switzerland3
Denmark2
Romania2
Belarus1
Poland1