The 2017 season is in the books and the year-end Top 10 is set. The tour has seen a different year-end No.1 for the third straight season, after Serena Williams topped the charts in 2015, Angelique Kerber stunned in 2016, and Simona Halep made history in 2017.
This season sees four year-end Top 10 debuts, led by 23-year-old Elina Svitolina, 20-year-old Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko, 24-year-old Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, and 25-year-old CoCo Vandeweghe.
Yet for the insurgence of fresh faces into the Top 10, two fan-favorite veterans find themselves back where they belong in the Top 5. Venus Williams is the oldest woman in the Top 10 at 37 years old, finishing in the Top 5 for the first time since 2011.
Similarly, Caroline Wozniacki capped off her resurgent season at No.3, her highest year-end ranking since finishing No.1 in 2012.
2017 Year-End Top 10:
1. Simona Halep (ROU): 6,175 points (18 tournaments)
2. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): 6,135 points (21 tournaments)
3. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN): 6,015 points (23 tournaments)
4. Karolina Pliskova (CZE): 5,730 points(20 tournaments)
5. Venus Williams (USA): 5,597 points (16 tournaments)
6. Elina Svitolina (UKR): 5,500 points (19 tournaments)
7. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT): 5,010 points (21 tournaments)
8. Caroline Garcia (FRA): 4,420 points (24 tournaments)
9. Johanna Konta (GBR): 3,610 points (20 tournaments)
10. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA): 3,258 points (18 tournaments)
Facts and Figures surrounding 2017's year-end Top 10, highlighted by breakthroughs and resurgences from the tour's marquee names.
Lucky Number 13
Simona Halep is the 13th different player to hold the year-end No.1 Ranking. This is her fourth consecutive year finishing in the Top 5, a tour-best among active players.
The 13 women to hold the year-end No.1 since the computer rankings were introduced in 1975:
Chris Evert: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981
Martina Navratilova: 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986
Stefanie Graf: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995 (shared with Seles), 1996
Monica Seles: 1991, 1992, 1995 (shared with Graf)
Martina Hingis: 1997, 1999, 2000
Lindsay Davenport: 1998, 2001, 2004, 2005
Serena Williams: 2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015
Justine Henin: 2003, 2006, 2007
Jelena Jankovic: 2008
Caroline Wozniacki: 2010, 2011
Victoria Azarenka: 2012
Angelique Kerber: 2016
Simona Halep: 2017
CoCo Vandeweghe's surge keeps the American streak alive.
For the third consecutive year, two Americans will be included in the year-end Top 10: No.5 Venus Williams and No.10 CoCo Vandeweghe, who made her Top 10 debut after the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai
There have been two Americans in the year-end Top 10 rankings 38 times. In 41 of the 43 years of the computerized rankings, at least one American has finished in the Top 10. The only exceptions were 2006 and 2011.
For Venus, this is her 13th time finishing in the year-end Top 10.
Most Years Finishing in the Top 10:
20: Martina Navratilova
19: Chris Evert
15: Serena Williams
13: Stefanie Graf
13: Monica Seles
13: Venus Williams
Karolina debuts, Caroline returns.
Karolina Pliskova finished in the year-end Top 5 for the first time in her career, joining a list of 15 active players who have finished the year in the Top 5.
Thanks to her title run at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, Wozniacki returns to the year-end Top 5 for the first time since 2011.
Most Top 5 Finishes (Active players):
11: Serena Williams
9: Maria Sharapova
7: Venus Williams
4: Simona Halep
4: Svetlana Kuznetsova
4: Agnieszka Radwanska
4: Caroline Wozniacki
Money, Money, Money: Venus Williams tops the list.
Venus Williams earned a WTA-leading $5,468,741 in 2017, her second season leading the WTA in prize money earnings. She also led the Tour in 2001 earning $2,662,610 (less than half of her 2017 earnings). As a result, Venus moves to second on the career-prize money earnings list with $39,900,489, trailing only her sister Serena ($84,463,131).
The $5 Million Dollar Mark.
Justine Henin became the first player to reach the $5 million single-season prize money earnings milestone in 2007. Since then, 10 different players have reached the $5 million mark in a season.
2017 is the third time three players have finished the season with $5 million or more in prize money (also in 2012 and 2014):
Venus Williams: $5,468,741
Garbiñe Muguruza: $5,433,457
Simona Halep: $5,275,227
Serena Williams continues to set records.
Despite playing only two tournaments, Australian Open champion Serena Williams earned $2,794,680 in prize money, her 11th consecutive season earning $1 million or more, a WTA record. Serena has earned $1 million or more in 18 different seasons, a tour record.