(September 11, 2015) ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that American Serena Williams has secured the 2015 WTA Year-End World No. 1 Singles Ranking, presented by Dubai Duty Free, for the fifth time in her career.
Williams is just the fourth player since the inception of computer rankings in 1975 to finish the year as the top player in five or more seasons, joining Steffi Graf (8 times), Martina Navratilova (7 times) and Chris Evert (5 times).
“Our congratulations to Serena who is a worthy winner of the WTA year-end World No.1 singles ranking,” said Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice President, Dubai Duty Free. “We wish her well for the remainder of the season and look forward to seeing her play in Dubai in the near future, where she has many ardent fans.”
Williams has held the WTA World No. 1 ranking since February 18, 2013, bringing her total weeks at No.1 to 257 (as of week of September 7, 2015), the fourth-longest streak in WTA history. The 33-year-old American is the oldest player to ever hold the No.1 ranking and currently sits fourth all-time for weeks at No.1 behind Steffi Graf (377 weeks), Martina Navratilova (332 weeks) and Chris Evert (260 weeks).
“This year Serena has been truly remarkable. Earning the WTA Year-End No. 1 presented by Dubai Duty Free this early in the season is a testament to what a great athlete and competitor she is,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “By winning her second Serena Slam and assembling a near-perfect record, Serena has accomplished things very few have ever done before. She continues to inspire fans and young athletes all over the world and it’s an honor to continue to witness history from such an outstanding, deserving athlete and leader.”
Williams’ season has been highlighted by five singles titles, including three Grand Slam championship titles: the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. She also captured titles at the Miami Open and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and has amassed a staggering 53-3 win-loss record.
By winning the title at Wimbledon, Williams completed her second career “Serena Slam,” winning four Grand Slam titles in a row. During her Wimbledon title run, Williams became the first player to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
The Year-End No.1 trophy will be presented to Williams by a representative of Dubai Duty Free at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in October.