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Only 8 year-end #1s in WTA History

Since the rankings were put in place, there have only been eight year-ending #1 players. I just came across this stat while browsing tenniscorner.net, bored at work a minute ago. And I guess I never really thought about it before. I knew that, until the last few years, the #1 ranking had always been reserved for the elite. That has sort of changed when considering that players like Hingis, Davenport, Clijsters, and Mauresmo have all held the #1 ranking at times in the past decade without holding a GS title; additionally, we have recent #1s like Ivanovic and Jankovic who are still relatively weak. Certainly not great champions... yet.

But for the moment, let us celebrate Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles, Hingis, Davenport, S.Williams, and Henin!

Year End #1 Players1975 Chris Evert
1976 Chris Evert
1977 Chris Evert
1978 Martina Navratilova
1979 Martina Navratilova
1980 Chris Evert
1981 Chris Evert
1982 Martina Navratilova
1983 Martina Navratilova
1984 Martina Navratilova
1985 Martina Navratilova
1986 Martina Navratilova
1987 Steffi Graf
1988 Steffi Graf
1989 Steffi Graf
1990 Steffi Graf
1991 Monica Seles
1992 Monica Seles
1993 Steffi Graf
1994 Steffi Graf
1995 Steffi Graf
1996 Steffi Graf
1997 Martina Hingis
1998 Lindsay Davenport
1999 Martina Hingis
2000 Martina Hingis
2001 Lindsay Davenport
2002 Serena Williams
2003 Justine Henin
2004 Lindsay Davenport
2005 Lindsay Davenport
2006 Justine Henin
2007 Justine Henin

I think it would be fitting for Serena to end 2008 at the top of the rankings. She's been the best, she deserves it, and it would follow suit with history. Jankovic or Safina sliding in there with such greats as Navratilova, Graf, etc. would be a bit disapppointing. IMO.
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Full link charts week-by-week changes: http://www.tenniscorner.net/index.ph...tats&stats=no1
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wow. I forgot Davenport held it at the end of 4 different years
Graf and Navratilova

thanks for posting

Go Serena-hold that ranking
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Re: Only 8 year-end #1s in WTA History

Surprisingly enough Serena is the odd one out there...

Everyone else has held it at least 2 times... Many with more...

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You got that right. Serena totally deserves to finish no. 1 this year. Can't believe Venus is not in that list though.
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You got that right. Serena totally deserves to finish no. 1 this year. Can't believe Venus is not in that list though.
She's not, but I think in the tennis publics eyes she was the best player in 2000 and 2001.

I think Safina may sneak out the #1 ranking this year. She is playing so well, and she will actually show up to play. Serena is such a wildcard of whether she'll play or not ... especially in the fall.
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You got that right. Serena totally deserves to finish no. 1 this year. Can't believe Venus is not in that list though.
I know. For shame Venus, for shame.
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I think it's stunning that Davenport finished #1 four different years, but only won a slam during one of them. That's pretty remarkable. I think Hingis is the only player who also finished #1 without a slam, but she just did it the once. Pretty incredible.
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Hopefully Serena will finish the year ranked #1! It's surpring to see that only few players within the elite have finished the year at the top spot.
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I think it would be fitting for Serena to end 2008 at the top of the rankings. She's been the best, she deserves it, and it would follow suit with history. Jankovic or Safina sliding in there with such greats as Navratilova, Graf, etc. would be a bit disapppointing. IMO.
Even though I like JJ and Dinara, it is true.

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I think it's stunning that Davenport finished #1 four different years, but only won a slam during one of them. That's pretty remarkable. I think Hingis is the only player who also finished #1 without a slam, but she just did it the once. Pretty incredible.
What struck me about looking at those stats was that
A. Hingis was #1 until October of 1998 so Davenport took the #1 ranking a month before the end of the year.
B. While Venus had a difficult start to 2000 it is understandable she didn't get to #1 that year but it still always shocks me that she hasn't held the #1 ranking more than 11 weeks&
C. 2001 was all about Jennifer and Venus, what fantastic accomplishments for both but kudos to Lindsay for being so consistent ans ending the year at #1 (and Martina who held the ranking almost that entire year)

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She's not, but I think in the tennis publics eyes she was the best player in 2000 and 2001.

No, she wasn't.
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She's not, but I think in the tennis publics eyes she was the best player in 2000 and 2001.
Unfortunately, being the best player in the "tennis publics eyes" doesn't mean squat.

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Hingi All while being a coke whore and without any slams in 2000
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Serena, make it 2!

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