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I already open similar thread at GM forum, but they obviously belong here:


Date of change_______(weeks at #1)______Name of New #1

*** wta ranking system established in 1975
November 3, 1975 _______(140 weeks)_______Chris Evert (1)
July 10, 1978 ___________(27 weeks)________Martina Navratilova (2)
January 14, 1979________(2 weeks)_________Chris Evert
January 28, 1979________(4 weeks)_________Martina Navratilova
February 25, 1979_______(7 weeks)_________Chris Evert
April 16, 1979___________(10 weeks)________Martina Navratilova
June 25, 1979___________(11 weeks)_______Chris Evert
September 10, 1979______(30 weeks)________Martina Navratilova
April 7, 1980 ___________(2 weeks)_________Tracy Austin (3)
April 21, 1980___________(10 weeks)________Martina Navratilova
July 1, 1980____________(20 weeks)________Tracy Austin
November 18, 1980_______(76 weeks)________Chris Evert
May 3, 1982_____________(2 weeks)________Martina Navratilova
May 17, 1982____________(4 weeks)________Chris Evert
June 14, 1982____________(156 weeks)______Martina Navratilova
June 10, 1985___________(18 weeks)________Chris Evert
October 14, 1985________(2 weeks)_________Martina Navratilova
October 28, 1985________(4 weeks)_________Chris Evert
November 25, 1985_______(90 weeks)________Martina Navratilova
August 17, 1987 ________(186 weeks)_______Steffi Graf (4)
March 11, 1991 _________(21 weeks)________Monica Seles (5)
August 5, 1991__________(1 week)__________Steffi Graf
August 12, 1991_________(1 week)__________Monica Seles
August 19, 1991_________(3 weeks)_________Steffi Graf
September 9, 1991_______(91 weeks)________Monica Seles
June 7, 1993____________(87 weeks)________Steffi Graf
February 6, 1995 ________(2 weeks)_________Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (6)
February 20, 1995_______(1 week)__________Steffi Graf
February 27, 1995_______(6 weeks)_________Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
April 10, 1995___________(5 weeks)_________Steffi Graf
May 15, 1995____________(4 weeks)________Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
June 12, 1995___________(9 weeks)_________Steffi Graf
August 15, 1995_________(64 weeks)________Steffi Graf/Monica Seles
November 4, 1996________(2 weeks)_________Steffi Graf
November 18, 1996_______(1 week)__________Steffi Graf/Monica Seles
November 25, 1996_______(18 weeks)________Steffi Graf
***new wta ranking system
March 31, 1997 _________(80 weeks)________Martina Hingis (7)
October 12, 1998 _______(17 weeks)________Lindsay Davenport (8)
February 8, 1999________(21 weeks)________Martina Hingis
July 5, 1999_____________(5 weeks)________Lindsay Davenport
August 9, 1999__________(34 weeks)________Martina Hingis
April 3, 2000_____________(5 weeks)________Lindsay Davenport
May 8, 2000_____________(1 week)_________Martina Hingis
May 15, 2000____________(1 week)_________Lindsay Davenport
May 22, 2000____________(73 weeks)_______Martina Hingis
October 15, 2001 ________(3 weeks)________Jennifer Capriati (9)
November 5, 2001________(10 weeks)________Lindsay Davenport
January 14, 2002_________(6 weeks)________Jennifer Capriati
February 25, 2002 _______(3 weeks)________Venus Williams (10)
March 18, 2002__________(5 weeks)________Jennifer Capriati
April 22, 2002____________(4 weeks)________Venus Williams
May 20, 2002____________(3 weeks)________Jennifer Capriati
June 10, 2002___________(4 weeks)_________Venus Williams
July 8, 2002 ____________(57 weeks)________Serena Williams (11)
August 11, 2003 ________(10 weeks)________Kim Clijsters (12)
October 20, 2003________(1 week)__________Justin Henin-Hardenne (13)
October 27, 2003________(2 weeks)_________Kim Clijsters
November 10, 2003_______(44 weeks)_______Justine Henin-Hardenne
September 13, 2004______(5 weeks)_________Amelie Mauresmo (14)
October 18, 2004________(44 weeks)________Lindsay Davenport
August 22, 2005 _______(1 week)_______ Maria Sharapova (15)
August 29, 2005__________(2 weeks) _______Lindsay Davenport
September 12, 2005 ___(??? week)_______Maria Sharapova (15)


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Maria Sharapova will be 15th world's #1 in tennis history (WTA ranking system already exist 30 years). Only Austin, Graf, Seles and Hingis award #1 status before '18 (younger than MaSha).

Before Maria Sharapova (August 15, 2005) we have only 14 tennis "queens" so far:
1. Chris Evert (November 3, 1975 ), 2. Martina Navratilova (July 10, 1978 ), 3. Tracy Austin (April 7, 1980 ), 4. Steffi Graf (August 17, 1987 ), 5. Monica Seles (March 11, 1991 ), 6. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (February 6, 1995 ), 7. Martina Hingis (March 31, 1997 ), 8. Lindsay Davenport (October 12, 1998 ), 9. Jennifer Capriati (October 15, 2001 ), 10. Venus Williams (February 25, 2002 ), 11. Serena Williams (July 8, 2002 ), 12. Kim Clijsters (August 11, 2003 ), 13. Justin Henin-Hardenne (October 20, 2003) and 14. Amelie Mauresmo (September 13, 2004).

But all this queens dont have equal control #1 status in her career:

WEEKS AT #1:

377 Steffi Graf
331 Martina Navratilova
262 Chris Evert
209 Martina Hingis
178 Monica Seles
82 Lindsay Davenport*
57 Serena Williams*
45 Justine Henin-Hardenne*
22 Tracy Austin
17 Jennifer Capriati*
12 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
12 Kim Clijsters*
11 Venus Williams*
5 Amelie Mauresmo*


*-still active players


So, what do you think, is she deserve #1 or not and how long MaSha keep #1 status this year, and how many weeks at #1 you expect of she in her career.
And what will be her most dangerous problem to keep (or back, in future) this #1 status - Henin, Davenport, Clijsters, Serena, Venus, Mauresmo, some new, or maybe injury problems or her "celebrity" status?
 
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Please do not jinx Maria by counting her chickens before they hatch. She needs at least a semi-final - and possibly a final - at Los Angeles to be #1 on 15th August.

More precisely, she needs to gain more than 115 ranking-points this week to displace her 17th-best result (US Open 2004: 92 points) and close the 23-point gap between herself and Lindsay Davenport. Whether she needs to reach the final, or just the semi-finals, depends on the rankings of the opponents she beats.

Best-case scenario (highest-ranked and nicest opponents!):
2r: Maria Kirilenko (#52): +8, total 25+8 = 33
3r: Anna Chakvetadze (#31): +15, total 49+8+15 = 72
qf: Daniela Hantuchová (#22): +23, total 88+8+15+23 = 134
sf: Maria becomes #1 no matter what happens

Worst-case scenario:
2r: Maria Kirilenko (#52): +8, total 25+8 = 33
3r: Iveta Benešová (#51): +8, total 49+8+8 = 65
qf: Kataryna Bondarenko (#186): +2, total 88+8+8+2 = 106
sf: Sun,Tian Tian (#202): +2, total 137+8+8+2+2 = 157
f: Maria becomes #1 no matter what happens

If she fails to secure the #1 ranking this week, she could get it on 22nd August when Davenport's 175 points for winning Cincinnati 2004 come off. However, it's also possible that Davenport could make a late entry into Toronto, and keep Maria off the #1 spot indefinitely.

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Maria is a true phenom. To keep winning the way she does, at every tournament, at her age, is spectacular.
There aren't enough compliments to give her.

This is so hard to do, to reach #1 at 18 & 3 months. And Maria has so many other opportunities.
Movies, tv, all kinds of stuff. But she keeps winning matches, no matter what the distractions.
 

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andrewbroad said:
Please do not jinx Maria by counting her chickens before they hatch. She needs at least a semi-final - and possibly a final - at Los Angeles to be #1 on 15th August.

More precisely, she needs to gain more than 115 ranking-points this week to displace her 17th-best result (US Open 2004: 92 points) and close the 23-point gap between herself and Lindsay Davenport. Whether she needs to reach the final, or just the semi-finals, depends on the rankings of the opponents she beats.

Best-case scenario (highest-ranked and nicest opponents!):
2r: Maria Kirilenko (#52): +8, total 25+8 = 33
3r: Anna Chakvetadze (#31): +15, total 49+8+15 = 72
qf: Daniela Hantuchová (#22): +23, total 88+8+15+23 = 134
sf: Maria becomes #1 no matter what happens

Worst-case scenario:
2r: Maria Kirilenko (#52): +8, total 25+8 = 33
3r: Iveta Benešová (#51): +8, total 49+8+8 = 65
qf: Kataryna Bondarenko (#186): +2, total 88+8+8+2 = 106
sf: Sun,Tian Tian (#202): +2, total 137+8+8+2+2 = 157
f: Maria becomes #1 no matter what happens

If she fails to secure the #1 ranking this week, she could get it on 22nd August when Davenport's 175 points for winning Cincinnati 2004 come off. However, it's also possible that Davenport could make a late entry into Toronto, and keep Maria off the #1 spot indefinitely.

I know that, but chances for 15.august against 22.august (new WTA#1 historical date) is about 80:20, so i already open this thread, because i be sure that all this fact (who be #1 in wta history, when and how long) is very interesting RIGHT NOW. In worse case (if MaSha dont get 115pts in LA), i will edit 22. august instead 15. august...
 

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I know this isn't about Maria but I have to mention this, sorry guys.

I never realised just how amazing Martina Hingis really was (is I guess). I mean she is the reason I started watching (& loving) tennis in the 1st place and I love her to bits but I was young (still am I suppose) and didn't follow tennis as much as I do now so I never really realised just how much she did acheive in the 5-6 years she was playing on the tour for. If only injury didn't plague her and she still had passion to play, looking at those stats, she could've bi-passed any other player in history. Now I'm just sadder that she doesn't play anymore (except for the WTT):sad::sad::sad:!!!
 

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Cp6uja said:
I know that, but chances for 15.august against 22.august (new WTA#1 historical date) is about 80:20, so i already open this thread, because i be sure that all this fact (who be #1 in wta history, when and how long) is very interesting RIGHT NOW. In worse case (if MaSha dont get 115pts in LA), i will edit 22. august instead 15. august...
Worst scenario...

I hope that MaSha is not damned for #1 like Anna K. for her first tournament wins.

So... i unfortunately must change date (last time, i hope).

Cp6uja said:
August 22, 2005 _____(??? weeks)______ Maria Sharapova (15)
 

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it's like it's the day before xmas and i cant wait to open my gifts. just wish the day would already get here, being so close is driving me nuts!
 

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I know this is about Maria but I have to mention this, sorry guys.

I never realised just how amazing Martina Hingis really was (is I guess). I mean she is the reason I started watching (& loving) tennis in the 1st place and I love her to bits but I was young (still am I suppose) and didn't follow tennis as much as I do now so I never really realised just how much she did acheive in the 5-6 years she was playing on the tour for. If only injury didn't plague her and she still had passion to play, looking at those stats, she could've bi-passed any other player in history. Now I'm just sadder that she doesn't play anymore (except for the WTT):sad::sad::sad:!!!
Agree with you about most everything about Martina Hingis, but other than injuries, she was simply too small for her time. She was arguably more talented than the players who began to beat her after that amazing 1997 season, but once the more powerful players began balancing their errors-to-winners ratios, it was pretty much over. Hingis did not have any single weapon, and had to rely on her feet and guile to win matches. Justine Henin-Hardenne is pretty much the same player, but Justine at least has a powerful serve (for her size) and an amazing backhand. And just plain tougher physically.

I too, miss Hingis. She was born in the wrong era, she really should have battled the 70's and early 80's greats with a wooden racket. She was a wizard.

Her greatest flaw as a person, her inability to make tactful answers during interviews, and her constant needling and jabbing at the pretenders to her throne (at the time), was also her greatest virtue. She was blunt, which was both good and bad. If you were a Venus Williams fan in 1997-99, you hated Hingis for that bluntness. but if you favor straightforward talk over the fakery that goes around tennis interviews, you'd love Hingis.

and I actually think she's prettier than most people think. of course, when you play doubles with Miss Kournikova, you'd look like chopped liver.
 

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Congratulation Maria, its official!!!

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Congrats Maria! :bounce:
Great and well deserved reward for an already amazing career. Hope you'll stay up there for a long, long time. :)
 

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WOW, WE GOT A NEW TENNIS-QUEEN (at least for this week!):

BIG CONGRATULATIONS MARIA FOR BECOMING THE FIRST RUSSIAN EVER TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF TENNIS !!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :bowdown: :D :bowdown: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

hey, girl, just look ahead, Steffi's 377 weeks are a goal to stay there where you are ! KEEP GOING, MASHA !
 
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