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By Chris Oddo | Monday, August 4, 2014

 
Serena Williams Miami 2014

As she heads into her 200th week at No. 1, Serena Williams finds herself in some pretty rarefied air.

Photo Source: Christopher Levy

Serena Williams is celebrating the start of her 200th week at No. 1 today, as well as enjoying the beginning of her 76th consecutive week as the WTA’s top-ranked player, and to honor the fact we’ll take a look at where the 17-time Grand Slam champion stands in relation to some of the game’s greats, both male and female.

Thanks to WTA Media for the stats.

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Consecutive Weeks at No. 1: Williams has tied Chris Evert for the 8th-longest streak of consecutive weeks at No. 1. She took over the WTA's top spot last February and has held it ever since. If Serena can hang on to it through the end of the year, she’ll have passed Chrissie, Martina Hingis, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Monica Seles to own the fourth-longest streak of weeks at No. 1 all-time. Chris Evert will be her next target after that. Check the table below for complete details.


MOST CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AT NO.1

Steffi Graf 

186

August 17, 1987-March 10, 1991

Martina Navratilova          

156

June 14, 1982-June 9, 1985

Chris Evert

113

May 10, 1976-July 9, 1978

Monica Seles

91

September 9, 1991-June 6, 1993

Martina Navratilova

90

November 25, 1985-August 16, 1987

Steffi Graf

87

June 7, 1993-February 5, 1995

Martina Hingis

80

March 31, 1997-October 11, 1998

Chris Evert

76

November 18, 1980-May 2, 1982

Serena Williams

76

February 18, 2013-August 4, 2014

Martina Hingis

73

May 22, 2000-October 14, 2001



As far as cumulative weeks at No. 1 go, Williams ranks fifth all-time among her fellow WTA players, trailing Martina Hingis by 9 weeks, Chris Evert by 60, Martina Navratilova by 132 and Steffi Graf by 177. Hingis is certainly within reach (Serena will pass her in early October), and maybe Chrissie, too. But after that Serena will have some work to do.

Only eight players, male or female have spent more time at No. 1 than Serena Williams.


All Players (ATP and WTA) to Hold No. 1 Ranking for 200 or More Weeks

Steffi Graf

377

Martina Navratilova

332

Roger Federer

302

Pete Sampras

286

Ivan Lendl

270

Jimmy Connors

268

Chris Evert

260

Martina Hingis

209

Serena Williams

200

 

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