Team WTAworld, Administrator, aka Nibbler
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Venus Williams, who has won three tournaments this year, will pass Jennifer Capriati next week to take over the top spot in the WTA rankings.
Williams, who has won this year at Gold Coast, Australia; Paris; and Antwerp, Belgium; is 137 points behind Capriati, who will lose 141 points next week because she is not entered in Oklahoma City, where she won the title last year.
Williams will become the fourth top-ranked player in the last four months, following Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport and Capriati.
Williams will be the first black player with a No. 1 ranking since Arthur Ashe in 1975, the WTA said Tuesday.
``Being No. 1 was firstly my parents' dream, but it soon became mine too, so reaching it was great not only for me, but for them too.'' Williams in a statement released by the WTA.
She is only the 10th player to hold the No. 1 spot since the women's rankings began in November 1975. The others are Steffi Graf (378 weeks), Martina Navratilova (331), Chris Evert (262), Hingis (209), Monica Seles (178), Lindsay Davenport (37), Tracy Austin (22), Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (11) and Capriati (nine).
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