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Junior Number One, Pro Number What?

Which four of the world's Top 10 were No.1-ranked juniors? What other junior stars have shone in the big leagues?

Published March 31, 2010 12:00

Junior Number One, Pro Number What?
Martina Hingis, Anna Kournikova, Amélie Mauresmo

Having a spectacular junior career is by no means a guarantee for success on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. Three of the 27 former ITF junior world No.1s (since 1994) eventually rose to No.1 in the pros, three have won singles Grand Slams and 13 have gone on to win at least one Tour singles title. Of course, some of those players are still at the beginning of their pro careers, so have plenty of time to bulk up their resumes.

The following is all the players who have been ranked No.1 in the juniors since 1994 and who have cracked the Top 50 on Tour:

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Highest Pro Ranking: No.6 ... Tour Singles Titles: 3
Junior Slams Won: Australian Open (2005, 2006), US Open (2005)

Cara Black (ZIM)
Highest Pro Ranking: No.31 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (1997), US Open (1997)
Notes: Doubles success on Tour has far exceeded her singles, as she has won 53 doubles titles - including five Grand Slams - and has spent the second-most weeks in Tour history ranked No.1 in doubles.

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)
Highest Pro Ranking: No.29 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (2004)
Notes: Has three doubles titles on Tour, including one Grand Slam.

Jelena Dokic (AUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 4 ... Tour Singles Titles: 5
Junior Slams Won: US Open (1998)

Vera Dushevina (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 31 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (2002)

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)
Highest Pro Ranking: 14 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (2003)
Notes: Has 10 doubles titles on Tour.

Martina Hingis (SUI)
Highest Pro Ranking: 1 ... Tour Singles Titles: 43
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (1993, 1994), Wimbledon (1994)
Notes: Interestingly enough, despite two junior titles at Roland Garros, it was the one professional singles major that eluded the five-time Grand Slam singles champion ... Won 37 doubles titles on Tour, including nine Grand Slams, and was ranked No.1 in doubles for 35 weeks.

Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
Highest Pro Ranking: 1 ... Tour Singles Titles: 12
Junior Slams Won: Australian Open (2001)

Kaia Kanepi (EST)
Highest Pro Ranking: 18 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (2001)

Sesil Karatantcheva (KAZ)
Highest Pro Ranking: 35 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (2004)

Anna Kournikova (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 8 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Notes: Won 16 doubles titles on Tour, including two Grand Slams, and was ranked No.1 in doubles for 10 weeks.

Michaella Krajicek (NED)
Highest Pro Ranking: 30 ... Tour Singles Titles: 3
Junior Slams Won: US Open (2004)

Lina Krasnoroutskaya (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 25 ... Tour Singles Titles: 0
Junior Slams Won: US Open (1999)

Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 2 ... Tour Singles Titles: 12
Notes: Two of her Tour singles titles are Grand Slams ... Has 14 doubles titles on Tour, including one Grand Slam.

Amélie Mauresmo (FRA)
Highest Pro Ranking: 1 ... Tour Singles Titles: 25
Junior Slams Won: Roland Garros (1996), Wimbledon (1996)
Notes: Two of her Tour singles titles were Grand Slams ... Was a silver medalist in singles at 2004 Olympics.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Highest Pro Ranking: 25 ... Tour Singles Titles: 1
Junior Slams Won: Australian Open (2006, 2007), US Open (2006)

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
Highest Pro Ranking: 8 ... Tour Singles Titles: 4
Junior Slams Won: Wimbledon (2005), Roland Garros (2006)
Notes: She and Urszula Radwanska are only sisters to both achieve junior world No.1 ranking since records have been kept. 

The following former No.1 juniors have yet to crack the Top 50 in the pros, however, most of them are still newcomers to the Tour: Eva Birnerova, Kirsten FlipkensSimona Halep, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, Kristina Mladenovic, Urszula RadwanskaLaura Robson and Arantxa Rus, María Emilia Salerni, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

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