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The Latest Top 20 WTA Rankings as of December 2013

In the spirit of sports and unity in the world, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) which was founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 brings harmony to professional women of tennis across different countries. The WTA is known as the biggest professional tennis tournament and organisation for women. It matches with ATP or the Association of Tennis Professionals for men. Every year, WTA holds its grand tours across the globe, highlighting girl power in the field of tennis for more than thirty years. Founded in June 1973 in Houston, Texas, the very first tournament was the inaugural Virginia Slims. It was organized in collaboration with different sponsors by Gladys Heldman. WTA’s very first champion was Rosie Casals and the list of hall famers of the prestigious tour grows longer as the years go by.

The following is the list of the latest WTA rankings for women’s singles, and 2013 season-end standings.

Player/Rank Nationality No. of Points
  1. Serena Williams
USA 13,260
  1. Victoria Azarenka
Belgium 8046
  1. Na Li
China 6045
  1. Maria Sharapova
Russia 5891
  1. Agnieszka Radwanska
Poland 5875
  1. Petra Kvitova
Czech Republic 4775
  1. Sara Errani
Italy 4435
  1. Jelena Jancovic
Serbia 4170
  1. Angelique Kerber
Germany 3965
  1. Caroline Wozniacki
Denmark 3520
  1. Simona Halep
Romania 3335
  1. Sloane Stephens
USA 3185
  1. Marion Bartoli
France 3172
  1. Roberta Vinci
Italy 3170
  1. Sabine Lisicki
Germany 2920
  1. Ana Ivanovic
Serbia 2850
  1. Carla Suarez Navarro
Spain 2735
  1. Samantha Stosur
Australia 2675
  1. Maria Kirilenko
Russia 2640
  1. Kirsten Flipkens
Belgium 2495

 

Here’s a little more about the history and milestones of the WTA. Through the years, the prestigious tennis circuit still continues to expand ever since its foundation in the early ‘70s. The founder of WTA, King, was known to be the very first female athlete to earn more than a whopping $100,000 in just a year. When she established the organization, Chris Evert was then deemed as the very first female athlete, not just tennis player to earn more than a million dollars in her career earning back in 1976. In 1980, more than 200 women started playing tennis as professionals, and the circuit grew even bigger with over 40 global events. The tour had a net worth of approximately $7.2 million in prize money.

As of 2012, US-based professional tennis player Serena Williams and Belgian Victoria Azarenka became the first two players to become record-holders with more than $7 million worth of prize money. Presently, the Women’s Tennis Association has its corporate headquarters and main office at St. Petersburg in Florida.

 

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