Caroline Wozniacki is the New World No.1

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20 year old Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark will be ranked No.1 in the world on Monday 11 October for the very first time in her short career. The 1.77m Wozniacki who is pictured above, won her match tonight 6-3 6-2 against her conqueror at Wimbledon this year, Petra Kvitova. The new World No.1 advanced to the quarter finals of the China Open in Beijing where she will meet former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic.

Wozniacki is only the 20th woman to earn the World No.1 ranking on the WTA Tour. The WTA began using a computerised ranking system on November 3, 1975. The WTA releases the new rankings each Monday and bases the ranking points totals on a 12 month rolling system. Wozniacki has been the most consistent player on tour especially since Wimbledon, compiling a 27 wins to 2 loses record in that time.

The following is a list of the 20 World No.1’s with the date that they first achieved the No.1 ranking next to their names, then is the total number of weeks that they held the No.1 ranking for. The bolded week’s totals are the Top 10 in terms of most total number of weeks spent at No.1.

The list of WTA Tour World No.1’s is:

  1. Chris Evert – 3 November 1975 – 260 weeks
  2. Evonne Goolagong – 26 April 1976 – 2 weeks
  3. Martina Navratilova – 10 July 1978 – 332 weeks
  4. Tracy Austin – 7 April 1980 – 21 weeks
  5. Steffi Graf – 17 August 1987 – 377 weeks
  6. Monica Seles – 11 May 1991 – 178 weeks
  7. Aranxta Sanchez Vicario – 7 June 1993 – 12 weeks
  8. Martina Hingis – 31 March 1997 – 209 weeks
  9. Lindsay Davenport – 12 October 1998 – 98 weeks
  10. Jennifer Capriati – 15 October 2001 – 17 weeks
  11. Venus Williams – 25 February 2002 – 11 weeks
  12. Serena Williams – 8 July 2002 – 123 weeks
  13. Kim Clijsters – 11 August 2003 – 19 weeks
  14. Justine Henin – 20 October 2003 – 117 weeks
  15. Amelie Mauresmo – 13 September 2004 – 39 weeks
  16. Maria Sharapova – 22 August 2005 – 17 weeks
  17. Ana Ivanovic – 9 June 2008 – 12 weeks
  18. Jelena Jankovic – 11 August 2008 – 18 weeks
  19. Dinara Safina – 20 April 2009 – 26 weeks
  20. Caroline Wozniacki – 11 October 2010 – 1 week

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