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Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

In 1998 WTA first introduced the "Best 18" ("Best 17" since 2001) ranking system.

Below is the list of players who broke into Top-10 since 1998 and breakdown of their 52 weeks results at the moment of entering Top-10.

NOTE: Win-Loss records (incl. Top-10 records) and events count include only WTA Tour main draws. Olympics-2000 and Fed Cup results not included as they didn't affect players rankings.


Venus WILLIAMS
30 March 1998

16 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Oklahoma City-III, Miami-I)
Runner-up - 2 (US Open, Sydney-II)
Semifinalist - 1 (Indian Wells-I)
Quarterfinalist - 2 (Zurich-I, Moscow-I, Australian Open)

Grand Slams: 2R 1R RU QF
Tour W-L record: 36-14 (31-14 at Tier II and above)
Vs Top-10: 4-8 (wins over: Huber, Hingis x2, Davenport)

Anna KOURNIKOVA
22 June 1998

15 Tour events
Runner-up - 1 (Miami-I)
Semifinalist - 3 (Hannover-II, Berlin-I, Eastbourne-II)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (Linz-II, Amelia Island-II, Rome-I)

Grand Slams: SF 2R 3R 4R
Tour W-L record: 38-15 (38-15)
Vs Top-10: 9-11 (Huber, Majoli, Seles, Martinez, Davenport, Sanchez x2, Hingis, Graf)

Nathalie TAUZIAT
06 July 1998

23 Tour events
Runner-up - 3 (Zurich-I, Chicago-II, Wimbledon)
Semifinalist - 3 (Tour Championships, Paris Indoors-II, Birmingham-III)
Quarterfinalist - 4 (Los Angeles-II, Hannover-II, Linz-II, Strasbourg-III)

Grand Slams: 1R -- 1R RU
Tour W-L record: 34-22 (28-20)
Vs Top-10: 5-8 (Novotna, Majoli x2, Coetzer, Davenport)

Patty SCHNYDER
10 August 1998

22 Tour events
Winner - 5 (Hobart-IV, Hannover-II, Madrid-III, Maria Lankowitz-IV, Palermo-IV)
Semifinalist - 1 (Hamburg-II)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (Filderstadt-II, Hilton Head-I, Roland Garros)

Grand Slams: 3R 4R QF 2R
Tour W-L record: 50-17 (29-15)
Vs Top-10: 5-8 (Majoli x2, Novotna, Sanchez, Coetzer)

Dominique Van ROOST
12 October 1998

25 Tour events
Winner - 1 (Auckland-IV)
Runner-up - 6 (Quebec City-III, Pattaya City-IV, Hobart-IV, Paris Indoors-II, Linz-II, Madrid-III)
Semifinalist - 2 (Moscow-I, Filderstadt-II)
Quarterfinalist - 1 (Birmingham-III)

Grand Slams: 3R 3R 4R 3R
Tour W-L record: 51-24 (27-17)
Vs Top-10: 6-5 (Sanchez, Spirlea, Majoli x2, V.Williams, Hingis)

Serena WILLIAMS
05 April 1999

12 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Paris Indoors-II, Indian Wells-I)
Runner-up - 1 (Miami-I)
Quarterfinalist - 4 (Rome-I, Eastbourne-II, Los Angeles-II, Filderstadt-II)

Grand Slams: 4R 3R 3R 3R
Tour W-L record: 35-10 (35-10)
Vs Top-10: 9-7 (Martinez, Novotna, Tauziat, Davenport, Pierce, Graf, Seles, Coetzer, Hingis)

Amelie MAURESMO
10 May 1999

18 Tour events
Runner-up - 3 (Berlin-I, Australian Open, Paris Indoors-II)
Semifinalist - 1 (Rome-I)
Quarterfinalist - 2 (Prague-III, New Haven-II)

Grand Slams: 1R 2R 3R RU
Tour W-L record: 30-18 (27-15)
Vs Top-10: 6-7 (Davenport x2, Novotna, Tauziat, Schnyder, Hingis)

Julie HALARD-DECUGIS
23 August 1999

21 Tour events
Winner - 3 (Pattaya City-IV, Aucklnad-IV, Birmingham-III)
Runner-up - 3 (Bol-IV, Berlin-I, Los Angeles-II)
Semifinalist - 2 (New Haven-II, Hobart-IV)
Quarterfinalist - 2 (okyo-Nichirei-II, Paris Indoors-II)

Grand Slams: 1R 2R 4R 3R
Tour W-L record: 48-16 (25-14)
Vs Top-10: 5-6 (Sanchez, Graf, Tauziat, Pierce, Davenport)

Barbara SCHETT
13 September 1999

23 Tour events
Semifinalist - 3 (Auckland-IV, Sydney-II, Hamburg-II)
Quarterfinalist - 7 (Zurich-I, Hannover-II, Miami-I, Berlin-I, Los Angeles-II, Canadian Open-I, US Open)

Grand Slams: 4R 3R 4R QF
Tour W-L record: 44-23 (39-20)
Vs Top-10: 6-12 (Schnyder, Martinez, Sanchez x2, Novotna, Tauziat)

Sandrine TESTUD
07 February 2000

26 Tour events
Runner-up - 2 (Linz-II, Tokyo Pan Pacific-I)
Semifinalist - 3 (Indian Wells-I, Sopot-III, Filderstadt-II)
Quarterfinalist - 7 (Hannover-II, Rome-I, Stanford-II, San Diego-II, Canadian Open-I, New Haven-II, Philadelphia-II)

Grand Slams: 2R 3R 2R 4R
Tour W-L record: 38-26 (36-23)
Vs Top-10: 5-12 (Tauziat x3, Sanchez, S.Williams)

Elena DEMENTIEVA
26 February 2001

22 Tour events
Semifinalist - 4 (Indian Wells-I, Los Angeles-II, US Open, Tour Championships)
Quarterfinalist - 5 (Berlin-I, Moscow-I, Leipzig-II, Canberra-III, Nice-II)

Grand Slams: 2R 1R SF 3R
Tour W-L record: 35-21 (34-20)
Vs Top-10: 5-7 (Pierce, Sanchez, Martinez, Huber, Davenport)

Kim CLIJSTERS
11 June 2001

19 Tour events
Winner - 1 (Leipzig-II)
Runner-up - 3 (Filderstadt-II, Indian Wells-I, Roland Garros)
Semifinalist - 1 (Bol-III)
Quarterfinalist - 4 (New Haven-II, Luxembourg-III, Tour Championships, Scottsdale-II)

Grand Slams: 2R 2R 4R RU
Tour W-l record: 37-18 (32-15)
Vs Top-10: 7-9 (Tauziat x2, Martinez, Sanchez x2, Kournikova, Hingis)

Justine HENIN
11 June 2001

21 Tour events + 2 ITF events
Winner - 2 (Gold Coast-III, Canberra-III) + 1 ITF (Liege)
Semifinalist - 3 (Estoril-IV, Berlin-I, Roland Garros) + 1 ITF (Cergy Pontoise)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (Palermo-IV, Bratislava-IV, Hamburg-II)

Grand Slams: 1R 4R 4R SF
Tour W-L record: 43-19 (23-13)
Vs Top-10: 1-8 (V.Williams)

Jelena DOKIC
08 October 2001

28 Tour events
Winner - 3 (Rome-I, Tokyo-Nichirei-II, Moscow-I)
Runner-up - 1 (Bahia-II)
Semifinalist - 3 (Hamburg-II, s’Hertogenbosch-III, Sopot-III)
Quarterfinalist - 4 (Shanghai-IV, Leipzig-II, Miami-I, New Haven-II)

Grand Slams: 1R 3R 4R 4R
Tour W-L record: 51-25 (43-18)
Vs Top-10: 3-14 (Coetzer, Mauresmo, Clijsters)

Daniela HANTUCHOVA
14 October 2002

24 Tour events
Winner - 1 (Indian Wells-I)
Runner-up - 1 (Filderstadt-II)
Semifinalist - 3 (Eastbourne-II, Canadian Open-I, New Haven-II)
Quarterfinalist - 6 (Zurich-I, Hamburg-II, Berlin-I, Wimbledon, US Open, Leipzig)

Grand Slams: 3R 4R QF QF
Tour W-L record: 47-23 (46-22)
Vs Top-10: 5-11 (Henin x2, Hingis, Dokic x2)

Anastasia MYSKINA
17 February 2003

27 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Bahia-II, Doha-III)
Runner-up - 3 (Birmingham-III, Eastbourne-II, Leipzig-II)
Semifinalist - 1 (New Haven-II)
Quarterfinalist - 5 (Dubai-II, Sarasota-IV, Charleston-I, Rome-I, Australian Open)

Grand Slams: 1R 3R 3R QF
Tour W-L record: 50-25 (40-23)
Vs Top-10: 5-13 (Dokic x2, Henin, Hingis, Clijsters)

Ai SUGIYAMA
11 November 2003

26 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Scottsdale-II, Linz-II)
Semifinalist - 4 (Rome-I, Los Angeles-II, Shanghai-II, Philadelphia-II)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (Antwerp-II, New Haven-II, Japan Open-III)

Grand Slams: 2R 4R 4R 4R
Tour W-L record: 44-25 (43-22)
Vs Top-10: 4-13 (Dokic, Davenport, Clijsters, Henin)

Nadia PETROVA
05 April 2004

20 Tour events
Runner-up - 2 (Linz-II, Gold Coast-III)
Semifinalist - 5 (Roland Garros, s’Hertogenbosch-III, Zurich-I, Philadelphia-II, Miami-I)
Quarterfinalist - 2 (San Diego-II, Leipzig-II)

Grand Slams: SF 3R 4R 1R
Tour W-L record: 40-20 (34-18)
Vs Top-10: 4-13 (Capriati, Hantuchova, Dementieva, Rubin)

Svetlana KUZNETSOVA
07 June 2004

18 Tour events
Runner-up - 3 (Dubai-II, Doha-II, Warsaw-II)
Semifinalist - 1 (San Diego-II)
Quarterfinalist - 6 (Wimbledon, Los Angeles-II, Gold Coast-III, Indian Wells-I, Berlin-I, Rome-I)

Grand Slams: QF 3R 3R 4R
Tour W-L record: 43-18 (41-16)
Vs Top-10: 3-11 (Sugiyama, Henin, Dementieva)

Paola SUAREZ
07 June 2004

18 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Vienna-III, Canberra-V)
Semifinalist - 3 (Canadian Open-I, Auckland-IV, Roland Garros)
Quarterfinalist - 4 (US Open, Linz-II, Amelia Island-II, Berlin-I)

Grand Slams: 4R QF 3R SF
Tour W-L record: 47-16 (35-15)
Vs Top-10: 3-5 (Hantuchova, Sugiyama, Petrova)

Maria SHARAPOVA
05 July 2004

17 Tour events
Winner - 4 (Japan Open-III, Quebec City-III, Birmingham-III, Wimbledon)
Semifinalist - 2 (Luxembourg-III, Memphis-III)
Quarterfinalist - 2 (Shanghai-II, Roland Garros)

Grand Slams: 2R 3R QF WON
Tour W-L record: 47-13 (27-11)
Vs Top-10: 3-7 (Dementieva, Davenport, S.Williams)

Vera ZVONAREVA
09 August 2004

25 Tour events
Winner - 1 (Memphis-III)
Semifinalist - 6 (Linz-II, Warsaw-II, Rome-I, Eastbourne-II, San Diego-I, Canadian Open-I)
Quarterfinalist - 6 (Canadian Open-I, Moscow-I, Zurich-I, Amelia Island-II, Charleston-I, Los Angeles-II)

Grand Slams: 3R 4R 3R 4R
Tour W-L record: 49-24 (44-23)
Vs Top-10: 2-11 (Kuznetsova, Sharapova)

Alicia MOLIK
31 January 2005

23 Tour events
Winner - 4 (Stockholm-IV, Zurich-I, Luxembourg-III, Sydney-II)
Runner-up - 1 (Vienna-III)
Semifinalist - 1 (Olympics)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (Birmingham-III, Philadelphia-II Australian Open)

Grand Slams: 1R 3R 2R QF
Tour W-L record: 48-19 (33-16)
Vs Top-10: 5-6 (Mauresmo, Dementieva, Myskina, Sharapova, V.Williams)

Nicole VAIDISOVA
07 August 2006

18 Tour events
Winner - 4 (Seoul-IV, Japan Open-III, Bangkok-III, Strasbourg-III)
Semifinalist - 5 (Philadelphia-II, Sydney-II, Roland Garros, Stanford-II, San Diego-II)
Quarterfinalist - 2 (Canadian Open-I, Tokyo Pan Pacific-I)

Grand Slams: 4R 4R SF 4R
Tour W-L record: 51-14 (32-13)
Vs Top-10: 2-8 (Petrova, Mauresmo)

Dinara SAFINA
02 October 2006

22 Tour events
Runner-up - 2 (Rome-I, s’Hertogenbosch-III)
Semifinalist - 4 (Moscow-I, Hasselt-III, Gold Coast-III, Canadian Open-I)
Quarterfinalist - 9 (Paris Indoors-II, Antwerp-II, Indian Wells-I, Charleston-I, Berlin-I, Roland Garros, Los Angeles-II, US Open, Luxembourg-II)

Grand Slams: 2R QF 3R QF
Tour W-L record: 50-22 (41-19)
Vs Top-10: 5-9 (Clijsters, Dementieva, Kuznetsova, Sharapova x2)

Jelena JANKOVIC
29 January 2007

30 Tour events
Winner - 1 (Auckland-IV)
Runner-up - 2 (Los Angeles-II, Sydney-II)
Semifinalist - 4 (Strasbourg-III, US Open, Beijing-II, Guangzhou-III)
Quarterfinalist - 6 (Rome-I, s’Hertogenbosch-III, Cincinnati-III, Stuttgart-II, Linz-II, Quebec City-III)

Grand Slams: 3R 4R SF 4R
Tour W-L record: 56-28 (38-22)
Vs Top-10: 6-9 (Vaidisova, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, Petrova, Hingis, Mauresmo)

Anna CHAKVETADZE
19 February 2007

23 Tour events
Winner - 3 (Guangzhou-III, Moscow-I, Hobart-IV)
Semifinalist - 3 (Warsaw-II, Canadian Open-I, Antwerp-II)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (San Diego-I, Australian Open, Paris Indoors-II)

Grand Slams: 2R 3R 4R QF
Tour W-L record: 49-20 (38-18)
Vs Top-10: 7-6 (Petrova x4, Safina, Dementieva, Schnyder)

Ana IVANOVIC
14 May 2007

21 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Canadian Open-I, Berlin-I)
Runner-up - 1 (Tokyo Pan Pacific-I)
Semifinalist - 1 (Amelia Island-II)
Quarterfinalist - 7 (s’Hertogenbosch-III, Los Angeles-II, Linz-II, Hasselt-III, Gold Coast-III, Sydney-II, Antwerp-II)

Grand Slams: 3R 4R 3R 3R
Tour W-L record: 47-19 (41-15)
Vs Top-10: 5-5 (Petrova, Jankovic x2, Sharapova, Kuznetsova)

Marion BARTOLI
27 August 2007

31 Tour events
Winner - 2 (Japan Open-III, Quebec City-III)
Runner-up - 3 (Bali-III, Prague-IV, Wimbledon)
Semifinalist - 4 (Seoul-IV, Strasbourg-III, Birmingham-III, Eastbourne-II)
Quarterfinalist - 3 (Estoril-IV, Canadian Open-I, New Haven-II)

Grand Slams: 3R 2R 4R RU
Tour W-L record: 55-29 (23-19)
Vs Top-10: 3-7 (Schnyder, Jankovic, Henin)
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Re: Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

Thanks for the data, but where do you find all these old rankings? WTA site (unlike ATP) is very poor on statistics...
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Re: Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

Serena only needed 12 tournaments!

She also beat 9 of the top 10 players.

It only took Venus 16 events, impressive as well.

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Wow, i didn´t know that Anna had beaten Graf! She was awesome, a shame what happened to her career...
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Re: Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

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Serena only needed 12 tournaments!

She also beat 9 of the top 10 players.

It only took Venus 16 events, impressive as well.
Impressive indeed for serena! And I think at least 5 of them were slam winners at the time!! Thanks for those stats as always. I wonder how many of them entered the top 10 as teenagers. Vee was 18 and serena 17.

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One forgets that Suarez and Sugiyama reached the Top10.
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Wow, i didn´t know that Anna had beaten Graf! She was awesome, a shame what happened to her career...
...and she beat her on grass!

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Re: Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

Only Serena and Kournikova broke into Top-10 by playing only Tier II and above tournaments over 52 weeks counted towards their first Top-10 ranking.
Only Sharapova broke into Top-10 by winning a GS title.
Only Schett and Dementieva broke into Top-10 without reaching a single Tour final over 52 weeks counted towards their Top-10 ranking (though Dementieva reached Olympics final).
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Re: Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

February '01 was when Elena made the top ten for the first time? Weird...I thought it had been earlier...

But didn't she make her first tour final in February or March of '01? So her top ten ranking wasn't entirely off/almost coincided with her first tour final; she did well at TI events and a grand slam for awhile.
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February '01 was when Elena made the top ten for the first time? Weird...I thought it had been earlier...

But didn't she make her first tour final in February or March of '01? So her top ten ranking wasn't entirely off/almost coincided with her first tour final; she did well at TI events and a grand slam for awhile.
At her first tournament as a top-tenner Lena made it to the final at Acapulco but lost to Amanda Coetzer.
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didn't marion beat petrova and chakvetadze too? and she also won a tier IV at auckland remember?

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didn't marion beat petrova and chakvetadze too? and she also won a tier IV at auckland remember?
No, she didn't.
Marion didn't win Auckland in 2007 (Jankovic did) and her only Top-10 wins between US Open-2006 and New Haven-2007 were Schnyder at Bali and Jankovic and Henin at Wimbledon.
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i meant 2006! this thread confuses me..

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This thread so badly needs an update. Preferably by its creator, but there are better chances Errani completes a career slam
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Re: Players that broke into Top-10 since 1998

The OP is banned. That's why

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Well, at least Simona was able to beat Serena once, Maria... never good enough to do that.
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