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angliru Aug 27th, 2010 11:25 AM

Active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Here is a list of the age of all active players when they got their #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6 ranking for the fist time in their career. There is also a similar list of all active top ten players.

I have no exact ranking data from the 90's so a few dates are estimated. Feel free to submit correct data if you have such. The same applies if you find errors in the tables, or if I've forgot some players. Some of the dates were a bit hard to find, and there may be some errors. The problem with these lists is that while there are official lists of the dates when players cracked the Top ten, no such lists exists of Top 4 etc. However, I believe the dates are correct. Source for all ranking dates is SEWTA Notes and Netcords.

Age when being ranked #1
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #1 ranking    Age when ranked #1
Sharapova      19-04-1987      22-08-2005      18 years, 4 months,3 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      11-08-2003      20 years, 2 months,3 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      11-10-2010      20 years, 3 months,0 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      09-06-2008      20 years, 7 months,3 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      08-07-2002      20 years, 9 months,12 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      25-02-2002      21 years, 8 months,8 days
Safina          27-04-1986      20-04-2009      22 years, 11 months,24 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      11-08-2008      23 years, 5 months,14 days

Age when being ranked #2
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #2 ranking    Age when ranked #2

Sharapova      19-04-1987      11-04-2005      17 years, 11 months,23 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      22-03-2010      19 years, 8 months,11 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      14-04-2003      19 years, 10 months,6 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      03-03-2008      20 years, 3 months,26 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      10-06-2002      20 years, 8 months,15 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      09-04-2001      20 years, 9 months,23 days
Kuznetsova      27-06-1985      10-09-2007      22 years, 2 months,14 days
Safina          27-04-1986      13-10-2008      22 years, 5 months,16 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      16-06-2008      23 years, 3 months,19 days
Zvonareva      07-09-1984      25-10-2010      26 years, 1 months,18 days

Age when being ranked #3
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #3 ranking    Age when ranked #3
Sharapova      19-04-1987      07-02-2005      17 years, 9 months,19 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      04-03-2002      18 years, 8 months,24 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      30-08-1999*    19 years, 2 months,13 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      01-02-2010      19 years, 6 months,21 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      14-01-2008      20 years, 2 months,8 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      20-05-2002      20 years, 7 months,24 days
Kuznetsova      27-06-1985      19-03-2007      21 years, 8 months,20 days
Azarenka        31-07-1989      12-09-2011      22 years, 1 months,12 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      11-06-2007      22 years, 3 months,14 days
Safina          27-04-1986      22-09-2008      22 years, 4 months,26 days
Petrova        08-06-1982      15-05-2006      23 years, 11 months,7 days
Zvonareva      07-09-1984      11-10-2010      26 years, 1 months,4 days

*Estimated. Venus was ranked #3 going into US Open and probably got this ranking
after New Haven

Age when being ranked #4
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #4 ranking    Age when ranked #4

Sharapova      19-04-1987      15-11-2004      17 years, 6 months,27 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      15-09-1999*    17 years, 11 months,20 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      25-02-2002      18 years, 8 months,17 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      07-07-1999**    19 years, 0 months,20 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      26-10-2009      19 years, 3 months,15 days
Dokic          12-04-1983      18-08-2002      19 years, 4 months,6 days
Kuznetsova      27-06-1985      08-11-2004      19 years, 4 months,12 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      13-08-2007      19 years, 9 months,7 days
Azarenka        31-07-1989      09-05-2011      21 years, 9 months,8 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      21-05-2007      22 years, 2 months,23 days
Safina          27-04-1986      22-09-2008      22 years, 4 months,26 days
Petrova        08-06-1982      01-05-2006      23 years, 10 months,23 days
Date-Krumm      28-09-1970      13-11-1995      25 years, 1 months,16 days
Zvonareva      07-09-1984      13-09-2010      26 years, 0 months,6 days
Stosur          30-03-1984      21-02-2011      26 years, 10 months,22 days
Na Li          26-02-1982      06-06-2011      29 years, 3 months,11 days
Schiavone      23-06-1980      31-01-2011      30 years, 7 months,8 days

*Estimated. Serena had a ranking of #4 after US Open
**Estimated. Venus probably got her #4 ranking after Wimbledon.

Age when being ranked #5
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #5 ranking    Age when ranked #5
Sharapova      19-04-1987      15-11-2004      17 years, 6 months,27 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      15-09-1999*    17 years, 11 months,20 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      07-07-1998**    18 years, 0 months,20 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      30-07-2001      18 years, 1 months,22 days
Henin          01-06-1982      09-07-2001      19 years, 1 months,8 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      21-09-2009      19 years, 2 months,10 days
Kuznetsova      27-06-1985      20-09-2004      19 years, 2 months,24 days
Dokic          12-04-1983      29-07-2002      19 years, 3 months,17 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      09-07-2007      19 years, 8 months,3 days
Hantuchova      23-04-1983      27-01-2003      19 years, 9 months,4 days
Chakvetadze    05-03-1987      10-09-2007      20 years, 6 months,5 days
Azarenka        31-07-1989      11-04-2011      21 years, 8 months,11 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      14-05-2007      22 years, 2 months,16 days
Safina          27-04-1986      08-09-2008      22 years, 4 months,12 days
Dementieva      15-10-1981      13-09-2004      22 years, 10 months,29 days
Petrova        08-06-1982      17-04-2006      23 years, 10 months,9 days
Zvonareva      07-09-1984      02-02-2009      24 years, 4 months,26 days
Date-Krumm      28-09-1970      13-11-1995***  25 years, 1 months,16 days
Stosur          30-03-1984      05-07-2010      26 years, 3 months,5 days
Na Li          26-02-1982      06-06-2011****  29 years, 3 months,11 days
Schiavone      23-06-1980      31-01-2011***** 30 years, 7 months,8 days

*Estimated.                                       
**Estimated, assuming Venus got the #5 ranking after Wimbledon.                                       
***Estimated. This is the date Kimiko Date-Krumm got her career-high #4 ranking.
**** The date Na Li got her #4 ranking. She jumped directly from #7 to #4 after her FO win 2011.
*****This is the date Sciavone got her #4 ranking. She jumped directly from #7 to #4 after Australian Open 2011.

Age when being ranked #6
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #6 ranking    Age when ranked #6

Sharapova      19-04-1987      08-11-2004      17 years, 6 months,20 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      16-08-1999*    17 years, 10 months,21 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      07-06-1998*    17 years, 11 months,21 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      09-07-2001      18 years, 1 months,1 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      14-09-2009      19 years, 2 months,3 days
Kuznetsova      27-06-1985      13-09-2004      19 years, 2 months,17 days
Dokic          12-04-1983      08-07-2002      19 years, 2 months,26 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      11-06-2007      19 years, 7 months,5 days
Hantuchova      23-04-1983      27-01-2003      19 years, 9 months,4 days
Azarenka        31-07-1989      26-10-2009      20 years, 2 months,25 days
Chakvetadze    05-03-1987      30-07-2007      20 years, 4 months,25 days
Petrova        08-06-1982      19-04-2004      21 years, 10 months,11 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      07-05-2007      22 years, 2 months,9 days
Safina          27-04-1986      11-08-2008      22 years, 3 months,15 days
Date-Krumm      28-09-1970      15-05-1994*    23 years, 7 months,17 days
Zvonareva      07-09-1984      02-02-2009      24 years, 4 months,26 days
Stosur          30-03-1984      21-06-2010      26 years, 2 months,22 days
Na Li          26-02-1982      21-03-2011      29 years, 0 months,23 days
Schiavone      23-06-1980      07-06-2010      29 years, 11 months,15 days

* Estimated dates

Age when being ranked #10
Code:

                  DOB      Date of #10 ranking    Age when ranked #10

Sharapova      19-04-1987      05-07-2004      17 years, 2 months,16 days
S. Williams    26-09-1981      05-04-1999      17 years, 6 months,10 days
V. Williams    17-06-1980      30-03-1998      17 years, 9 months,13 days
Clijsters      08-06-1983      11-06-2001      18 years, 0 months,3 days
Dokic          12-04-1983      08-10-2001      18 years, 5 months,26 days
Wozniacki      11-07-1990      18-05-2009      18 years, 10 months,7 days
Kuznetsova      27-06-1985      07-06-2004      18 years, 11 months,11 days
A. Radwanska    06-03-1989      07-07-2008      19 years, 4 months,1 days
Hantuchova      23-04-1983      14-10-2002      19 years, 5 months,21 days
Ivanovic        06-11-1987      14-05-2007      19 years, 6 months,8 days
Azarenka        31-07-1989      23-03-2009      19 years, 7 months,20 days
Schnyder        14-12-1978      10-08-1998      19 years, 7 months,27 days
Zvonareva      07-09-1984      09-08-2004      19 years, 11 months,2 days
Chakvetadze    05-03-1987      19-02-2007      19 years, 11 months,14 days
Safina          27-04-1986      02-10-2006      20 years, 5 months,5 days
Kvitova        08-03-1990      09-05-2011      21 years, 2 months,1 days
Petrova        08-06-1982      05-04-2004      21 years, 9 months,28 days
Jankovic        28-02-1985      29-01-2007      21 years, 11 months,1 days
Bartoli        02-10-1984      27-08-2007      22 years, 10 months,25 days
Date-Krumm      28-09-1970      17-01-1994      23 years, 3 months,20 days
Petkovic        09-09-1987      08-08-2011      23 years, 10 months,30 days
Molik          27-01-1981      31-01-2005      24 years, 0 months,4 days
Stosur          30-03-1984      22-03-2010      25 years, 11 months,20 days
Pennetta        25-02-1982      17-08-2009      27 years, 5 months,23 days
Na Li          26-02-1982      01-02-2010      27 years, 11 months,6 days
Schiavone      23-06-1980      07-06-2010      29 years, 11 months,15 days


angliru Aug 29th, 2010 07:31 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Another thing we could calculate using the dates above - just for the fun of it - is the time needed to move in the top rankings. I've made three tables:


Time needed to move from #10 to #1

Code:

            Date ranked #10  Date ranked #1    Time needed to move from #10 to #1

Ivanovic      14-05-2007        09-06-2008        1 years, 0 months,26 days
Sharapova    05-07-2004        22-08-2005        1 years, 1 months,17 days
Wozniacki    18-05-2009        11-10-2010        1 years, 4 months,23 days
Jankovic      29-01-2007        11-08-2008        1 years, 6 months,13 days
Clijsters    11-06-2001        11-08-2003        2 years, 2 months,0 days
Safina        02-10-2006        20-04-2009        2 years, 6 months,18 days
S. Williams  05-04-1999        08-07-2002        3 years, 3 months,3 days
V. Williams  30-03-1998        25-02-2002        3 years, 10 months,26 days


Time needed to move from #10 to #2

Code:

            Date ranked #10  Date ranked #2    Time needed to move from #10 to #2

Sharapova    05-07-2004        11-04-2005        0 years, 9 months,6 days
Ivanovic      14-05-2007        03-03-2008        0 years, 9 months,18 days
Wozniacki    18-05-2009        22-03-2010        0 years, 10 months,4 days
Jankovic      29-01-2007        16-06-2008        1 years, 4 months,18 days
Clijsters    11-06-2001        14-04-2003        1 years, 10 months,3 days
Safina        02-10-2006        13-10-2008        2 years, 0 months,11 days
V. Williams  30-03-1998        09-04-2001        3 years, 0 months,10 days
S. Williams  05-04-1999        10-06-2002        3 years, 2 months,5 days
Kuznetsova    07-06-2004        10-09-2007        3 years, 3 months,3 days
Zvonareva    09-08-2004        25-10-2010        6 years, 2 months,16 days


Time needed to move from #10 to #3

Code:

            Date ranked #10  Date ranked #3    Time needed to move from #10 to #3

Jankovic      29-01-2007        11-06-2007        0 years, 4 months,13 days
Sharapova    05-07-2004        07-02-2005        0 years, 7 months,2 days
Ivanovic      14-05-2007        14-01-2008        0 years, 8 months,0 days
Wozniacki    18-05-2009        01-02-2010        0 years, 8 months,14 days
Clijsters    11-06-2001        04-03-2002        0 years, 8 months,21 days
Safina        02-10-2006        22-09-2008        1 years, 11 months,20 days
V. Williams  30-03-1998        30-08-1999*        1 years, 5 months,0 days
Petrova      05-04-2004        15-05-2006        2 years, 1 months,10 days
Azarenka      23-03-2009        12-09-2011        2 years, 5 months,20 days
Kuznetsova    07-06-2004        19-03-2007        2 years, 9 months,12 days
S. Williams  05-04-1999        20-05-2002        3 years, 1 months,15 days
Zvonareva    09-08-2004        11-10-2010        6 years, 2 months,2 days

*Estimated


Sharapowerr Aug 31st, 2010 07:46 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Ofcourse Maria!

StrippedToBasics Aug 31st, 2010 10:31 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
oh wow Maria :lol: She's the most epic tennis-teen ever :speakles:

angliru Sep 6th, 2010 12:11 PM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Speaking of teens: I've made yet another list. It's not really related to the original topic but still relevant regarding ranking and age, so I'll post it here instead of creating a new topic. It shows all the active players who became top 10 players when they were still teenagers. 14 (active) players have achieved this since 1998 - an average of more than one per year.

Teenagers in the top 10 (active players to have achived this):

Code:

Player        Age becoming a top 10 player  Date becoming top 10

V. Williams    17 years, 9 months,13 days        30-03-1998
Schnyder      19 years, 7 months,27 days        10-08-1998
S. Williams    17 years, 6 months,10 days        05-04-1999
Clijsters      18 years, 0 months,3 days        11-06-2001
Dokic          18 years, 5 months,26 days        08-10-2001
Hantuchova    19 years, 5 months,21 days        14-10-2002
Kuznetsova    18 years, 11 months,11 days      07-06-2004
Sharapova      17 years, 2 months,16 days        05-07-2004
Zvonareva      19 years, 11 months,2 days        09-08-2004
Chakvetadze    19 years, 11 months,14 days      19-02-2007
Ivanovic      19 years, 6 months,8 days        14-05-2007
A. Radwanska  19 years, 4 months,1 days        07-07-2008
Azarenka      19 years, 7 months,20 days        23-03-2009
Wozniacki      18 years, 10 months,7 days        18-05-2009

Several other players became top 10 players as teenagers during this period - all now retired:

Code:

Kournikova    17 years, 0 months,15 days        22-06-1998
Mauresmo      19 years, 10 months,5 days        10-05-1999
Dementieva    19 years, 4 months,11 days        26-02-2001
Henin          19 years, 0 months,10 days        11-06-2001
Vaidisova      17 years, 3 months,15 days        07-08-2006

This means that we've had nineteen top 10 teenagers in a span of 12 years!

Geoffry Sep 6th, 2010 02:26 PM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Great read! Didn't realise Sharapova was so young when she reached #1. :eek:

C. W. Fields Sep 10th, 2010 07:29 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
It's interesting how you (at least I) seem to remember the WSs as meteors who rose to the top in no time while actually it took them both more than 3 years to rise from #10 to #1. I haven't thought of Caro as a particularly fast riser, but if she wins USO she has accomplished the same thing in less than 1 years, only Ivanovic and Sharapova doing it faster. I wonder what that stat says most about; them as players or the times they rose in respectively!? ;)

angliru Sep 10th, 2010 08:12 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by C. W. Fields (Post 18492986)
I wonder what that stat says most about; them as players or the times they rose in respectively!? ;)

Your wink-smiley already suggests the answer, but I'll say it anyway: It was of course very difficult to reach the #1 spot when Venus and Serena were so young, because Hingis and Davenport were so consitant and had a firm grip of that spot in those years.

Another thing I have to stress is that Serena moved incredibly fast in the lower rankings. It took her only 18 month to move from outside of the top 1000 and into the top 10 - by far the fastest ranking progression in those ranks among active players!

angliru Sep 14th, 2010 07:14 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Zvonareva reached a career-high #4 yesterday, so I've added her in the no. 4 table in the first post. Well done by Vera, btw!

angliru Oct 12th, 2010 08:35 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Posts updated as Wozniacki and Zvonareva have new career-high rankings of #1 and #3 respectively.

5tatRacket Jan 31st, 2011 04:45 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
This thread is awesome, thanks!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fearlesss (Post 18420843)
oh wow Maria :lol: She's the most epic tennis-teen ever :speakles:

Hingis was 5-5 in Slam finals when she turned 20, Sharapova was 2-1. Hingis was 3-1 in Slam finals before turning 17. Winning Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open and making the final of the French Open. WOW! :worship:

angliru Feb 2nd, 2011 07:21 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Schiavone got a new career high ranking of #4 in the latest ranking published a few days ago, so I've updated the first post accordingly. I have also removed the now retired Henin and Dementieva from all the tables in the thread. It would probably not do any harm to keep them there, but since this is about active players I thought it would be best to remove them - at least for consistency reasons.

angliru Mar 19th, 2011 08:44 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
The next rankings to be published Monday will have Na Li at #6 - a new career high. I've already added her in the first post.

I will probably not bump the thread every time I make an update in the future. But please bump it if I forget to keep it updated (or PM me)...

Marlene Apr 14th, 2011 02:34 PM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
How about AGE vs LAST WEEK AT #1 and/or AGE vs HIGHEST RANK - could you do that?

Thanks!

angliru Apr 15th, 2011 07:41 AM

Re: A list of active player's age when ranked #1, #2 (...up to 6), and #10
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Marlene (Post 19405126)
How about AGE vs LAST WEEK AT #1 and/or AGE vs HIGHEST RANK - could you do that?

Age at the last day ranked #1 (active players):

Code:

                DOB          Last date ranked #1              Age

Wozniacki    11-07-1990      15-04-2011*        20 years, 9 months,4 days
Ivanovic      06-11-1987      07-09-2008          20 years, 10 months,1 days
Sharapova    19-04-1987      08-06-2008          21 years, 1 months,20 days
V. Williams  17-06-1980      07-07-2002          22 years, 0 months,20 days
Safina        27-04-1986      01-11-2009          23 years, 6 months,5 days
Jankovic      28-02-1985      01-02-2009          23 years, 11 months,4 days
Clijsters    08-06-1983      20-02-2011          27 years, 8 months,12 days
S. Williams  26-09-1981      10-10-2010          29 years, 0 months,14 days

*Today's date



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