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Quickest Ascent To #1

I don't have the answer, but I'm curious. I know it took Monica 30 events to get there. (she started her 31st event Mar 11, 1991 as #1, and won the title btw.)

Anyone quicker? I suspect Hingis was.
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Does this include non-WTA events?
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I just did a rough count from memory on Monica, and only counted WTA events in her 30. At the end of her 30th, she was #1.
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Hingis got to # 1 end of March 1997 and played 15 + tournaments two years before that ....my calculations say that Hingis took over 37 tournaments to get to # 1
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I just did a rough count from memory on Monica, and only counted WTA events in her 30. At the end of her 30th, she was #1.
I think it's Monica too if only counting #1 from 1975 when the official rankings started.




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if martina didn't do it quicker i think it may be safe to say it's monica... it's unreal that she won the 4th grand slam she entered...
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Monica ! another reason to her
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Yay for Monica.
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post #9 of 35 (permalink) Old Feb 23rd, 2004, 06:35 AM
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monica she could have been number 1 way sooner (based on results, definitely after the australian open she should have been number 1), martina was number 1 while the number 2 was owner of three slams and the masters so clearly over the 52 weeks prior was the dominant player. so Monica definitely wins this because she was number 1 without any doubt. (this is about 11 march 91 and 31 march 97. of course martina was undoubtfully the number 1 in 97. I am just talking about the moment they got the topspot)

and both times steffi was the former number 1 so I am unbiased

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Monica ascended the rankings faster than anyone before or since.

Monica never played any ITF events. She played 3 WTA events as an amateur when she was 14 in 1988. At 15, she turned pro and played 10 events that year: Her 3rd pro event (6th career) she made the semis of the French Open losing to Steffi Graf. Her 4th pro event (7th career) was Wimbledon where she lost in the 4th round again to Graf: 5th pro event (8th career), she lost in the 4th round of the US Open to Chris Evert.

She ended the year with a win/loss record of 33/8. Her only losses that year were to Evert, Graf, Navritolova, Novotna & Ferandez.

The following year (1990) Monica won her first GS title at RG in only her 22nd career tournament and her 4th GS. She followed it up with the classic 5 set win over Sabatini in the YEC. She would win her second GS title at the 1991 AO and become number 1 after the following tournament, the 30th of her career.

Monica was a true phenomenon and I don’t see anyone ever duplicating her precocious ascent to the top.
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So in 1989, Monica didn't play a tournament between Wimbledon and the US Open? Wow.
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I don't have the answer, but I'm curious. I know it took Monica 30 events to get there. (she started her 31st event Mar 11, 1991 as #1, and won the title btw.)

Anyone quicker? I suspect Hingis was.
- Monica Seles achieved the #1 ranking after 31 tournaments on the tour and after one full season. She had 16 tournaments counted on the Rankings computer for the best average in the "Old Divisor" Ranking System which had then a requirement of a minimum of 12 tournaments.



- Martina Hingis achieved the #1 ranking after 44 tournaments on the tour and after playing two full seasons. She had 18 tournaments counted on the Ranking computer for the most points accumulated in the "New" “Best of 18” tournaments Ranking System which went into effect on January 1997. This in part had to do with the fact that the then world # 1 Steffi Graf only had 11 tournaments counted in a best of 18 tournaments scheme of things.



- Serena Williams achieved the #1 ranking after 54 tournaments on the tour and after never ever playing a full season (a part-time schedule). She had 12 tournaments counted on the ranking computer for the most points accumulated in the "Best of 17" tournaments Ranking System which went into effect on January 1999, and which was amended 4 times since.

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So in another words, Monica's rise to the top - has been the fastest
in WTA history! Monica Seles = Tennis Prodigy

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im not sure why serena was even considered because she had been in the top ten for about three years before she reached #1
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Interesting fact. Thanks!


BTW, Athenaeum. I am glad you put the site back up. It was depressing with just the black background.

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