WTA Top 10 Rankings: Part 1

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The latest WTA rankings as at 21 September 2009 have Dinara Safina as the WTA World No.1 for her 23rd consecutive week. Safina (pictured above), was the 19th and latest player to be ranked No.1 on the WTA Tour.

Seven other WTA Tour players have achieved the World No.1 ranking and they are: Serena Williams 72 weeks, Amelie Mauresmo 39, Kim Clijsters 19, Maria Sharapova 17, Jelena Jankovic 18, Ana Ivanovic 12 and Venus Williams 11. This week the rankings are:

No.1 – Dinara Safina from Moscow, Russia 23 years old and 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.

The 1.82m right hander’s total number of WTA ranking points is 8,340 for the 19 tournaments she has played in the past 12 months. 2,800 of her points are from being the runner-up at the Australian Open and French Open this year. Safina turned pro in 2000 a uses a double handed backhand; she has been a runner-up 3 times in Grand Slam singles tournaments.

A picture of Safina can be found on this tennis website by clicking this link: The World No.1 Women’s Ranking Goes To?

No.2 – Serena Williams from Michigan, USA is 27 years old, plays right handed and uses a double handed backhand. The 1.75m American has amassed 7,8o7 WTA ranking points from the 17 tournaments she has played in the past 12 months. Serena’s career high ranking is No.1. She turned pro in 1995 and 4,000 of her points are from winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year. Serena has won 11 Grand Slam singles titles.

Pictures of Serena can be found by clicking these linksUS Open 2009 Women’s Singles, How to make the WTA rankings work and Wimbledon 2009 Ladies Singles Final.

No.3 – Venus Williams from California, USA is 29 years old, plays right handed and uses a double handed backhand. The 1.85m American has 6,645 WTA ranking points from the 18 tournaments she has played in the past 12 months. Venus’s career high ranking is No.1. She turned pro in 1994 and 2,900 of her points are from winning the WTA Championships (WTA Tour Finals), in 2008 and from being the runner-up at Wimbledon this year. Venus has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles and has been the runner-up on 7 occasions.

Pictures of Venus can be found by clicking these linksUS Open 2009 Women’s Qualifying and US Open 2009 The Women – The Favourites.

No.4 – Elena Dementieva from Moscow, Russia is 27 years old, plays right handed and uses a double handed backhand. The 1.8m Russian has 6,015 WTA ranking points from the 21 tournaments she has played in the past 12 months. Dementieva’s career high ranking is No.3. She turned pro in 1998 and 1,800 of her points are from making the semi-finals this year at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon. She has been a runner-up twice in Grand Slam singles tournaments and won the singles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Pictures of Dementieva can be found by clicking these linksWomen’s Results in Toronto, Canada and US Open 2009 The Women – Best of the Rest.

No.5 – Caroline Wozniacki from Odense, Denmark is 19 years old, plays right handed and uses a double handed backhand. The 1.77m Dane has 5,850 WTA ranking points from the 27 tournaments she has played in the past 12 months. Wozniacki’s current ranking is her career best. She turned pro in 2005 and 1,400 of her points are from being the runner-up at this year’s US Open, which is her career best result in a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Pictures of Wozniacki can be found by clicking these links: Have the 20’s replaced the teens? and US Open 2009 Women’s Quarter Finals.

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