SINGAPORE - Angelique Kerber will cap off the best season of her career with yet another accolade after clinching the 2016 WTA Year-End World No.1 Singles Ranking, presented by Dubai Duty Free.
For only the 12th time since the computer rankings were introduced in November 1975, the WTA will have a new name finishing the year at the top. Kerber joins Steffi Graf as the only other German to finish the year at No.1; Graf held the year-end No.1 ranking a WTA-record eight times, most recently in 1996.
"It is a great honor and achievement to finish the year as the No.1 player in the world," Kerber said. "This is one of the things I've always been dreaming of - to become No.1. I have worked extremely hard to become the best player I can be and this is a reflection of that effort and the wonderful year I have had."
This accomplishment is the latest in what has been a breakout year for Kerber, 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, and winning the US Open. Kerber also leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this season, at 59-16.
"Being No.1, of course now everybody will try to beat me and have nothing to lose," Kerber said after her victory in New York. "I will try to take this challenge, because it will be a little bit new situation for me. But at the end, I was always practicing and working hard to be No.1. Now I can also take the next step and try to stay as long as I can there."
The Year-End No.1 trophy will be presented to Kerber by a representative of Dubai Duty Free at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, where the German will be the No.1 seed in her fourth appearance at the year-end finale.
Here's the full list of players to have held the WTA Year-End No.1 Ranking:
8 - Steffi Graf (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996)
7 - Martina Navratilova (1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)
5 - Chris Evert (1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981)
5 - Serena Williams (2002, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015)
4 - Lindsay Davenport (1998, 2001, 2004, 2005)
3 - Justine Henin (2003, 2006, 2007)
3 - Martina Hingis (1997, 1999, 2000)
2 - Monica Seles (1991, 1992)
2 - Caroline Wozniacki (2010, 2011)
1 - Angelique Kerber (2016)
1 - Victoria Azarenka (2012)
1 - Jelena Jankovic (2008)