Women's Tennis World Number Ones

Name the women who have been ranked as the number one singles player by the WTA since the start of computerized rankings in 1975.
Active singles players in bold.
Through December 28, 2019. This quiz will be updated at most once per year.
Quiz by Dastan
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Last updated: December 28, 2019
First submittedJune 15, 2012
Times taken12,658
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Most Recent
Total Weeks
Player
2019
23
Ashleigh Barty
2019
25
Naomi Osaka
2018
64
Simona Halep
2018
71
Caroline Wozniacki
2017
4
Garbiñe Muguruza
2017
8
Karolína Plíšková
2017
34
Angelique Kerber
2017
319
Serena Williams
2013
51
Victoria Azarenka
2012
21
Maria Sharapova
2011
20
Kim Clijsters
2009
26
Dinara Safina
2009
18
Jelena Jankovic
2008
12
Ana Ivanovic
Most Recent
Total Weeks
Player
2008
117
Justine Henin
2008
39
Amelie Mauresmo
2006
98
Lindsay Davenport
2002
11
Venus Williams
2002
17
Jennifer Capriati
2001
209
Martina Hingis
1997
377
Steffi Graf
1996
178
Monica Seles
1995
12
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1987
322
Martina Navratilova
1985
260
Chris Evert
1980
21
Tracy Austin
1976
2
Evonne Goolagong
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Level 43
Aug 7, 2013
21 out of 23 not bad. Missed tracy austin and jelena janckovic. No insult to ms. Austin...atleast she won two u.s. open grand slams. While janckovic was a paper wta "computer glitch" world #1...who never won a grand slam. Funny how those rankings work..win a few non grand slam tourneys and go deep enough in the slams and you can be ranked higher than the actual grand slam champion(s).
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Level 78
Apr 12, 2014
Part of it was the best player didn't play a lot of tournaments. But part of it is problems with the points system, where compared to the men's rankings, getting to quarter and semi finals gets rewarded significantly more, but winning doesn't. Eg. Slam winner 2000, runner up 1400, 900 for semi, 500 for quarter for women Slam winner 2000, runner up 1200 semi 720, 360 for quater for men. And 70 for each match lost in the round robin wta finals!!! Compared to 0 for men. 1n 2011 Petra Kvitova would have finished year ending No.1 if Wozniacki had not gotten 140 points extra free for the 2 matches she lost in the WTA finals. Kvitova won Wimbledon and was the better player overall in 2011. For 2014, they've reduced points for not winning a bit. But they still have 70 oints for each match lost in the round robin of the WTA finals.
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Level 81
Dec 30, 2019
I've never heard the names of 20/27.
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Level 74
Mar 22, 2020
Maybe you should try watching tennis once in a while. It really helps with recognizing the names of tennis players.
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Level 33
Jan 20, 2014
Frustrating, wouldve gotten a higher score if i knew how to spell some of the names!
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2016
Same here, I tried every version of Higgins and Selles that i could think of...
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Level 74
Mar 22, 2020
Who's Higgins?
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Level 3
May 13, 2015
Dinara Safina didn't win a slam either. Grand Slams (although very important) are only four tournaments; dont judge a player's success on how many grandslams they won; each player deserves what they get; and you say the point system is unfair for women, may ii ask how so? each player has an equal shot of winning and going further in tournaments and each player has equal chance of earning points in WTA finals too. and pls dont compare men and women, men have a different system altogether, theres no "overlap", so dont say men play unfair and women dont, coz both have different categorisation, prize money, ranking points etc etc
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Level 54
Nov 9, 2016
lol i typed williams and then clicked give up
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2017
Chris freakin' Evert???
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Level 64
Jan 9, 2018
Yeah, she was awesome
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Level 30
Nov 27, 2017
This needs an update. Halep ended the year as #1, and Muguruza was #1 for some time when she won at Wimbledon.
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Level 71
Dec 28, 2017
And Karolina Pliskova after US Open.
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Level 89
Jan 9, 2018
Sharapova and Azarenka still play, Sharapova has returned from her ban and Azarenka dropped out of the 2018 Australian Open, both are still active.
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Level ∞
Jan 9, 2018
Fixed
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Level 30
Jan 20, 2018
How has only 42% guessed Simona Halep? After last night's Aus Open thriller, that number better go up.
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Level 62
Nov 4, 2019
Osaka and Barty
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Level 73
Jan 6, 2020
right column, no problem. left column only half. either i've lost my interest in women's tennis, or i'm old.

the latter.
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Level 78
Jan 6, 2020
I must be even older. My first try was Billie Jean King.
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Level 65
Jan 6, 2020
Same for me. I used to watch tennis all the time in the era from Graf to Hingis and the early years of the Williamses' dominance. Since then, I barely recognize the names. I knew Sharapova and I should have remembered Wozniacki, but none of the others.