ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA -- Chan Yung-Jan of Chinese Taipei has ascended to the World No.1 position in the WTA doubles rankings on Monday for the first time in her career, joining her partner, Martina Hingis of Switzerland, at the summit.
Chan becomes the second woman from Chinese Taipei to achieve this historic milestone (after Hsieh Su-Wei in 2014), and is the 36th woman overall to hold the No.1 doubles ranking. Chan and Hingis become the 12th pair to hold the co-No.1 doubles ranking.
“It was always my goal to become WTA doubles World No.1, so achieving this is a huge accomplishment,” said Chan. “Martina and I have had an incredible season together, and it’s an honor to share this moment with her.”
The 28-year-old owns a 63-12 win-loss record this year, and is 11-1 in finals, having lifted a tour-leading 11 trophies at the Taiwan Open and Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open (both with sister Chan Hao-Ching), in addition to nine titles with co-World No.1 Hingis at BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells), Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Mallorca Open, Aegon International Eastbourne, Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati), US Open, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, and the China Open (Beijing).
“Reaching the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking is an incredible honor, and Chan is truly deserving of this after her eleven titles this season,” said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. “Congratulations to Chan on achieving this very special moment in her career.”
This achievement is the latest accolade in a trophy-laden career, highlighted by her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open this year (with Hingis) among her 28 career WTA doubles titles. Chan has won at least one doubles title each year in five consecutive seasons.
Chan and Hingis, who won the 2017 Doubles Team of the Year award, secured the first of two qualifications at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global earlier this season. The Top 8 singles players and doubles teams are currently competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore for $7 million in prize money.