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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 12:49 AM   #31
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Old Oct 3rd, 2006, 01:03 AM   #32
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Old Oct 17th, 2007, 08:15 AM   #34
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

The thread's question is more interesting regarding only WTA titles, as any decent player can take an ITF if she really wanted to.

What is the highest rank:
1) Reached before winning a title?
2) Reached by a player who stayed titleless?

To the best of my knowledge, the answers are
1) Petrova #6 (maybe followed by Schiavone #11)
2) Kournikova #8

I'll greatly appreciate a top 5 (or 10) list to both.
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Old Oct 18th, 2007, 07:22 PM   #35
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

Dementieva was no.9 in 2001 (after Miami) with no WTA titles.
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Old Oct 19th, 2007, 09:29 AM   #36
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

Hantuchova was number 5 with only 1 title.
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

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The thread's question is more interesting regarding only WTA titles, as any decent player can take an ITF if she really wanted to.

What is the highest rank:
1) Reached before winning a title?
2) Reached by a player who stayed titleless?

To the best of my knowledge, the answers are
1) Petrova #6 (maybe followed by Schiavone #11)
2) Kournikova #8

I'll greatly appreciate a top 5 (or 10) list to both.

Steffi Graf was #3 before she won her first title, I believe to remember.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2007, 07:37 AM   #38
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

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Steffi Graf was #3 before she won her first title, I believe to remember.
You're probably right, although it's not easy to confirm this (1986 mid-year rankings are hard to find).
Chanda Rubin was #6 in 1996 without a title.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 11:43 PM   #39
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

#128 Julia Schruff has this distinction right now
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Old May 27th, 2008, 08:23 AM   #40
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

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Steffi Graf was #3 before she won her first title, I believe to remember.
She won Houston -1989- and her ranking was lower than #3, nop?
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Old May 27th, 2008, 10:20 AM   #41
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

that was seles oli
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Old Jul 11th, 2009, 11:26 PM   #42
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

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The thread's question is more interesting regarding only WTA titles, as any decent player can take an ITF if she really wanted to.

What is the highest rank:
1) Reached before winning a title?
2) Reached by a player who stayed titleless?

To the best of my knowledge, the answers are
1) Petrova #6 (maybe followed by Schiavone #11)
2) Kournikova #8

I'll greatly appreciate a top 5 (or 10) list to both.
Thanks to AnnaK_4ever for his answer:

"Betty Stove was #5 without ever winning a WTA tour title, Kournikova was #8, Winnie Shaw was #10.
I believe they are the only top-tenners to have never won a title.

As for players who broke into top-10 before winning a title it's a tough question. The ones I know for sure are Graf (#3), Zvereva (#5), Rubin and Petrova (both #6), Dementieva (#9), Habsudova (#10)."

So that makes the list of highest ranks achieved with no WTA titles look like this (in parenthesis - first title won):
1) #3 Graf (Hilton Head, April 1986)
2) #5 Stove (never won a title)
2) #5 Zvereva (Brisbane 1990)
4) #6 Rubin (Linz 1997)
4) #6 Petrova (Linz 2005)
6) #8 Kournikova (never won a title)
7) #9 Dementieva (Amelia Island 2003)
8) #10 Shaw (never won a title)
8) #10 Habsudova (Pörtschach 1999)
10) #11 Schiavone (Bad Gastein 2007)

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Old Jul 13th, 2009, 01:54 PM   #43
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

add cibulkova, no.12
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 10:28 PM   #44
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

Since getting to the top 10 without a title is obviously a rare feat, Kimberly Po may be the highest ranked player ever with no tour finals, at #14.

She did have 4 semis, most notably Tier I Montreal (from qualies) and 3 QF including the AO when she got there (June 1997).
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Old Jul 20th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #45
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Re: Highest ranked players with NO WTA or ITF singles titles.

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Thanks to AnnaK_4ever for his answer:

"Betty Stove was #5 without ever winning a WTA tour title, Kournikova was #8, Winnie Shaw was #10.
I believe they are the only top-tenners to have never won a title.

As for players who broke into top-10 before winning a title it's a tough question. The ones I know for sure are Graf (#3), Zvereva (#5), Rubin and Petrova (both #6), Dementieva (#9), Habsudova (#10)."

So that makes the list of highest ranks achieved with no WTA titles look like this (in parenthesis - first title won):
1) #3 Graf (Hilton Head, April 1986)
2) #5 Stove (never won a title)
2) #5 Zvereva (Brisbane 1990)
4) #6 Rubin (Linz 1997)
4) #6 Petrova (Linz 2005)
6) #8 Kournikova (never won a title)
7) #9 Dementieva (Amelia Island 2003)
8) #10 Shaw (never won a title)
8) #10 Habsudova (Pörtschach 1999)
10) #11 Schiavone (Bad Gastein 2007)
According to Wikipedia Betty Stove won a singles title, Tokyo Open 1976 (precursor of Japan Open?), beating Court in the final:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_St%C3%B6ve
WTA and ITF have no trace of this, but both have very little info outside majors before at least 1981, so that doesn't really prove much.
Given that this info is true, that restores Anna K to the thrown which most tennis fans associate her with, that of the titleless GOAT
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