List of WTA singles number 1 ranked players

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Key[edit]

New ranking record set

History[edit]

No. Player Start date End date Consecutive weeks Accumulated total
1 United States Chris Evert 3 November 1975 25 April 1976 25 25
2 Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley 26 April 1976 9 May 1976 2 2
United States Chris Evert 10 May 1976 9 July 1978 113 138
3 United States Martina Navratilova 10 July 1978 13 January 1979 26 26
United States Chris Evert 14 January 1979 27 January 1979 2 140
United States Martina Navratilova 28 January 1979 24 February 1979 4 30
United States Chris Evert 25 February 1979 15 April 1979 7 147
United States Martina Navratilova 16 April 1979 24 June 1979 10 40
United States Chris Evert 25 June 1979 9 September 1979 11 158
United States Martina Navratilova 10 September 1979 6 April 1980 31 71
4 United States Tracy Austin 7 April 1980 20 April 1980 2 2
United States Martina Navratilova 21 April 1980 6 July 1980 11 82
United States Tracy Austin 7 July 1980 17 November 1980 19 21
United States Chris Evert 18 November 1980 2 May 1982 76 234
United States Martina Navratilova 3 May 1982 16 May 1982 2 84
United States Chris Evert 17 May 1982 13 June 1982 4 238
United States Martina Navratilova 14 June 1982 9 June 1985 156 240
United States Chris Evert 10 June 1985 13 October 1985 18 256
United States Martina Navratilova 14 October 1985 27 October 1985 2 242
United States Chris Evert 28 October 1985 24 November 1985 4 260
United States Martina Navratilova 25 November 1985 16 August 1987 90 332
5 West Germany Steffi Graf 17 August 1987 10 March 1991 186 186
6 Yugoslavia Monica Seles 11 March 1991 4 August 1991 21 21
Germany Steffi Graf 5 August 1991 11 August 1991 1 187
Yugoslavia Monica Seles 12 August 1991 18 August 1991 1 22
Germany Steffi Graf 19 August 1991 8 September 1991 3 190
Yugoslavia Monica Seles 9 September 1991 6 June 1993 91 113
Germany Steffi Graf 7 June 1993 5 February 1995 87 277
7 Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6 February 1995 19 February 1995 2 2
Germany Steffi Graf 20 February 1995 26 February 1995 1 278
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 27 February 1995 9 April 1995 6 8
Germany Steffi Graf 10 April 1995 14 May 1995 5 283
Spain Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 15 May 1995 11 June 1995 4 12
Germany Steffi Graf 12 June 1995 14 August 1995 9 292
Germany Steffi Graf 15 August 1995 3 November 1996 64 356
United States Monica Seles 177
Germany Steffi Graf 4 November 1996 17 November 1996 2 358
Germany Steffi Graf 18 November 1996 24 November 1996 1 359
United States Monica Seles 178
Germany Steffi Graf 25 November 1996 30 March 1997 18 377
8 Switzerland Martina Hingis 31 March 1997 11 October 1998 80 80
9 United States Lindsay Davenport 12 October 1998 7 February 1999 17 17
Switzerland Martina Hingis 8 February 1999 4 July 1999 21 101
United States Lindsay Davenport 5 July 1999 8 August 1999 5 22
Switzerland Martina Hingis 9 August 1999 2 April 2000 34 135
United States Lindsay Davenport 3 April 2000 7 May 2000 5 27
Switzerland Martina Hingis 8 May 2000 14 May 2000 1 136
United States Lindsay Davenport 15 May 2000 21 May 2000 1 28
Switzerland Martina Hingis 22 May 2000 14 October 2001 73 209
10 United States Jennifer Capriati 15 October 2001 4 November 2001 3 3
United States Lindsay Davenport 5 November 2001 13 January 2002 10 38
United States Jennifer Capriati 14 January 2002 24 February 2002 6 9
11 United States Venus Williams 25 February 2002 17 March 2002 3 3
United States Jennifer Capriati 18 March 2002 21 April 2002 5 14
United States Venus Williams 22 April 2002 19 May 2002 4 7
United States Jennifer Capriati 20 May 2002 9 June 2002 3 17
United States Venus Williams 10 June 2002 7 July 2002 4 11
12 United States Serena Williams 8 July 2002 10 August 2003 57 57
13 Belgium Kim Clijsters 11 August 2003 19 October 2003 10 10
14 Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne 20 October 2003 26 October 2003 1 1
Belgium Kim Clijsters 27 October 2003 9 November 2003 2 12
Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne 10 November 2003 12 September 2004 44 45
15 France Amélie Mauresmo 13 September 2004 17 October 2004 5 5
United States Lindsay Davenport 18 October 2004 21 August 2005 44 82
16 Russia Maria Sharapova 22 August 2005 28 August 2005 1 1
United States Lindsay Davenport 29 August 2005 11 September 2005 2 84
Russia Maria Sharapova 12 September 2005 23 October 2005 6 7
United States Lindsay Davenport 24 October 2005 29 January 2006 14 98
Belgium Kim Clijsters 30 January 2006 19 March 2006 7 19
France Amélie Mauresmo 20 March 2006 12 November 2006 34 39
Belgium Justine Henin-Hardenne 13 November 2006 28 January 2007 11 56
Russia Maria Sharapova 29 January 2007 18 March 2007 7 14
Belgium Justine Henin 19 March 2007 18 May 2008 61 117
Russia Maria Sharapova 19 May 2008 8 June 2008 3 17
17 Serbia Ana Ivanovic 9 June 2008 10 August 2008 9 9
18 Serbia Jelena Janković 11 August 2008 17 August 2008 1 1
Serbia Ana Ivanovic 18 August 2008 7 September 2008 3 12
United States Serena Williams 8 September 2008 5 October 2008 4 61
Serbia Jelena Janković 6 October 2008 1 February 2009 17 18
United States Serena Williams 2 February 2009 19 April 2009 11 72
19 Russia Dinara Safina 20 April 2009 11 October 2009 25 25
United States Serena Williams 12 October 2009 25 October 2009 2 74
Russia Dinara Safina 26 October 2009 1 November 2009 1 26
United States Serena Williams 2 November 2009 10 October 2010 49 123
20 Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 11 October 2010 13 February 2011 18 18
Belgium Kim Clijsters 14 February 2011 20 February 2011 1 20
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 21 February 2011 29 January 2012 49 67
21 Belarus Victoria Azarenka 30 January 2012 10 June 2012 19 19
Russia Maria Sharapova 11 June 2012 8 July 2012 4 21
Belarus Victoria Azarenka 9 July 2012 17 February 2013 32 51
United States Serena Williams 18 February 2013 11 September 2016 186 309
22 Germany Angelique Kerber 12 September 2016 29 January 2017 20 20
United States Serena Williams 30 January 2017 19 March 2017 7 316
Germany Angelique Kerber 20 March 2017 23 April 2017 5 25
United States Serena Williams 24 April 2017 14 May 2017 3 319
Germany Angelique Kerber 15 May 2017 16 July 2017 9 34
23 Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková 17 July 2017 10 September 2017 8 8
24 Spain Garbiñe Muguruza 11 September 2017 Present 11 11

Players to not win a Grand slam[edit]

Player Number 1 First final First win
Belgium Kim Clijsters 11 August 2003 2001 French Open 2005 US Open
France Amélie Mauresmo 13 September 2004 1999 Australian Open 2006 Australian Open
Serbia Jelena Janković 11 August 2008 2008 US Open N/A
Russia Dinara Safina 20 April 2009 2008 French Open Retired in 2014
Denmark Caroline Wozniacki 11 October 2010 2009 US Open N/A

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