Final 2009 WTA Top 10 Rankings

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The final women’s tennis tournament on the WTA Tour for 2009 ended on November 7, which finalised the WTA Top 10 Singles Rankings as:

  1. 9,075 points – Serena Williams
  2. 7,800 points – Dinara Safina
  3. 6,141 points – Svetlana Kuznetsova
  4. 5,875 points – Caroline Wozniacki
  5. 5,585 points – Elena Dementieva
  6. 5,126 points – Venus Williams
  7. 4,820 points – Victoria Azarenka
  8. 3,965 points – Jelena Jankovic
  9. 3,560 points – Vera Zvonareva
  10. 3,450 points – Agnieszka Radwanska

Steffi Graf holds the record for the highest total number of weeks ranked as the WTA World No.1 with 377. Martina Navratilova is 2nd with 332, Chris Evert 3rd with 260, Martina Hingis 4th with 209, Monica Seles 5th with 178 and Justine Henin 6th with 117.

Serena is in 8th place and has been ranked for a total of 91 weeks as at 28 December 2009, to move into 7th place she needs to beat Lindsay Davenport who spent 98 weeks as World No.1.

Serena is from Michigan, USA is the World No.1 ranked player on the WTA Tour, because she earned the highest total number of ranking points of all players over the past year. This means Serena is the 2009 WTA Tour Champion. Serena has twice been the WTA Tour Champion.

Serena is 28 years old and was born on September 26, 1981 and in 2009 won 6,545,586 US dollars in prize money. The 1.75m right hander’s total number of WTA ranking points is 9,075 from the 16 tournaments she has played in the past 12 months. Serena won 50 matches in 2009 including 4 tournament victories and lost 12 times.

Serena turned pro in September 1995 and uses a double handed backhand; she has won 11 Grand Slam singles titles to date and has been a runner-up 3 times. Her name is pronounced Se-Ree-nah Will-Yums.

The following is a breakdown of exactly how Serena achieved her singles ranking and rankings points total of 9,075 WTA ranking points. These points are counted from her “best 16” tournament results. Note: The total from the 16 tournaments listed below adds up to 9,076 points, which is more than the WTA credits Serena with.

OnCourt Advantage is awaiting an answer from the WTA Tour to clarify whether Serena has been penalised with another zero points result this year or if the current WTA total for Serena is just incorrect. Stay tuned, as we update you with the verdict…

  1. 2,000 points: Grand Slam Champion (Australian Open)
  2. 2,000 points: Grand Slam Champion (Wimbledon)
  3. 1,500 points: WTA Tour Championships Winner (Doha)
  4. 900 points: Grand Slam Semi-finals (US Open)
  5. 700 points: WTA Premier Mandatory Runner-up (Miami)
  6. 500 points: Grand Slam Quarter finals (Roland Garros)
  7. 350 points: WTA Premier 5 event Semi-finals (Dubai)
  8. 350 points: WTA Premier 5 event Semi-finals (Toronto)
  9. 200 points: WTA Premier Semi-finals (Sydney)
  10. 200 points: WTA Premier Semi-finals (Paris)
  11. 140 points: WTA Premier Mandatory Round of 16 (Beijing)
  12. 120 points: WTA Premier Quarter finals (Stanford)
  13. 110 points: WTA Premier 5 event Round of 16 (Cincinnati)
  14. 5 points: WTA Premier Mandatory Round of 64 (Madrid)
  15. 1 point: WTA Premier 5 event Round of 32 (Rome)
  16. 0 points: Did not play WTA Premier Mandatory (Indian Wells)

There are certain events such as Premier Mandatory tournaments that must be included in a Top 10 players ranking and if they entered that event and did not play. This is why Serena has a zero points included in her ranking total for her “Best 16” tournament results even though the zero is not one of her best 16 results.

Pictures of Serena on this tennis website can be found by clicking these links: WTA Tour Championships Final, US Open 2009 Women’s Singles, How to make the WTA rankings work and Wimbledon 2009 Ladies Singles Final.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Tracy Austin. Austin was born on this day in 1962. The American won 2 Grand Slam singles titles both at the US Open in 1979 & 1981. She first achieved his highest career ranking of World No.1 in 1980.

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