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Can anyone help on two things.

What date was regarded as year-end by WTA? Apparently Virginia Wade was ranked No. 2 from Novenber 1975 to January 1976 yet Total Tennis has the year end rankings as 1. Evert 2.King 3. Goolagong 4. Navratilove 5. Wade.

Does anyone have ANY ranking lists at all for the period 1958-1970 for the following?:

a) L'Equipe (France). At one stage their correspondent was Judith Elian.

b) Melbourne Sun Herald (Australia). Probably Bruce Walkley.

c) Daily Express (England). Frank Rostron but it is possible that their list only began in 1968.

The only list I have is Walkley's from 1966 which comes up with Bueno as No.1 and King at No. 4!

ANY at all would be greatly appreciated.
 

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The WTA Player/Media Guides list all the end-of-year rankings since 1975, including points total and number of tournaments played. They are the real deal. Also, Chris, if you look at the first Virginia Slims event that Wade played in 1976, in Chicago, you'll see Virginia at the top of the draw as top seed, Martina at the bottom as No.2 and Evonne in the middle, as befits No.3. This is all in accordance with the end of '75 rankings.
 

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Year end WTA computer rankings, 1975:

1. Chris Evert : 15.79 points ; 22 tournaments

2. Virginia Wade: 11.13 points; 20 tournaments

3. Martina Navratilova: 10.97 points; 25 tournaments

4. Billie Jean King: 10.02 points; 6 tournaments

5. Evonne Goolagong: 9.74 points; 20 tournaments

6. Margaret Court: 8.84 points; 13 tournaments

7. Olga Morozova: 6.32 points; 22 tournaments

8. Nancy Richey: 6.24 points; 17 tournaments

9. Francoise Durr: 6.19 points; 22 tournaments

10.Kerry Melville: 6.03 points; 18 tournaments
 

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Declan said:
Year end WTA computer rankings, 1975:

1. Chris Evert : 15.79 points ; 22 tournaments

2. Virginia Wade: 11.13 points; 20 tournaments

3. Martina Navratilova: 10.97 points; 25 tournaments

4. Billie Jean King: 10.02 points; 6 tournaments

5. Evonne Goolagong: 9.74 points; 20 tournaments

6. Margaret Court: 8.84 points; 13 tournaments

7. Olga Morozova: 6.32 points; 22 tournaments

8. Nancy Richey: 6.24 points; 17 tournaments

9. Francoise Durr: 6.19 points; 22 tournaments

10.Kerry Melville: 6.03 points; 18 tournaments

Thanks for all the info, Declan. Obviously totally different methodology then or maybe they just started multiplying the totals by 500! I knew there were certain errors in the Tennis Encyclopedia but it looks as if the number which occur means you nearly need to check everything.

It would seem that the computer gave relatively more weight to the smaller tournaments as opposed to the Slams in the minds of the tennis fraternity.
 

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A bit off topic, sorry to divert, but did Evert ever take over from Martina at number 2 after steffi took over the number one spot in the years 87 to89? Was she ever close at one point?
 

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A bit off topic, sorry to divert, but did Evert ever take over from Martina at number 2 after steffi took over the number one spot in the years 87 to89? Was she ever close at one point?
Nope. Navratilova had a pretty solid lead in the rankings over Evert, and later, Sabatini.
 
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