Angelique Kerber becomes the first new No.1 in over three years, and the second German woman after childhood idol Stefanie Graf.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Angelique Kerber will become the new WTA World No.1 when updated rankings are released on Monday, September 12.

"Congratulations to Angelique on this remarkable accomplishment of becoming the WTA World No.1," said WTA CEO Steve Simon. "It is extremely difficult to reach the pinnacle of our sport, and Angelique has demonstrated amazing work ethic in the past year. Her outstanding results reflect this, and she truly deserves to be the new WTA World No.1."

The 28-year-old becomes only the second German woman to achieve this historic milestone since computer rankings were introduced in 1975, and the first since Stefanie Graf spent the last of her record 377 weeks at No.1 in March 1997. She is also the oldest player to make her debut at No.1, a record previously held by Jennifer Capriati, who was 25 years, 200 days when she reached No.1 in October 2001.

Angelique Kerber

Kerber's rise to WTA World No.1 brings to an end the reign of Serena Williams, whose sixth stint in the top spot began more than three years ago, on February 18, 2013. At 186 consecutive weeks, the American's most recent stay at No.1 ties the Open Era record for most consecutive weeks at No.1 held by Graf. This is the 88th time the No.1 ranking has changed hands over the past four decades.

This accomplishment is the latest in what has been a breakout year for the German, who began the season by defeating Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, and followed up by advancing to the Wimbledon final, capturing a silver medal in singles at the Rio Olympics, successfully defending her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, and reaching the semifinals at the U.S. Open (ongoing). Kerber leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this season, at 52-14, and her other highlights include reaching two finals at the Brisbane International and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, and the semifinals at the Miami Open, Volvo Car Open in Charleston and Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Kerber will be presented with the WTA World No.1 Trophy, which was unveiled last year at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. The focal point of the trophy is a silver "star-map" tennis ball that represents the tennis universe and where all world No. 1s, past and present, are depicted by a diamond in the sky, representing each champion leaving their mark on the sport.

Kerber has also qualified for the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global in October, and will be making her fourth appearance at the year-end finale.

WEEKS AT WORLD NO.1

PLAYER

WEEKS AT No.1

DATE REACHED No.1

Steffi Graf (GER)

377

August 17, 1987

Martina Navratilova (USA)

332

July 10, 1978

Serena Williams (USA)

309

July 8, 2002

Chris Evert (USA)

260

November 3, 1975

Martina Hingis (SUI)

209

March 31, 1997

Monica Seles (USA)

178

March 11, 1991

Justine Henin (BEL)

117

October 20, 2003

Lindsay Davenport (USA)

98

October 12, 1998

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

67

October 11, 2010

Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

51

January 30, 2012

Amélie Mauresmo (FRA)

39

September 13, 2004

Dinara Safina (RUS)

26

April 20, 2009

Maria Sharapova (RUS)

21

August 22, 2005

Tracy Austin (USA)

21

April 7, 1980

Kim Clijsters (BEL)

20

August 11, 2003

Jelena Jankovic (SRB)

18

August 11, 2008

Jennifer Capriati (USA)

17

October 15, 2001

Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

12

June 9, 2008

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (ESP)

12

February 6, 1995

Venus Williams (USA)

11

February 25, 2002

Evonne Goolagong Cawley (AUS)

2

April 26, 1976

Angelique Kerber (GER)

1*

September 12, 2016

*including week of September 12, 2016