BRISBANE, Australia - Bethanie Mattek-Sands has secured the WTA World No.1 doubles ranking by winning the doubles title at the Brisbane International with partner Sania Mirza, defeating Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-3, in the final.
"It took me by surprise. I mean, I'm the kind of person to lose track of score during matches! And so I think it just kind of hit me when I actually kind of got announced as being No.1," Mattek-Sands said. "It's in the back of your mind, but I didn't want to think about it too much during the tournament, and so I think it all just kind of hit me there at the end.
"But I'm really excited about it. It's something that no one can take away from you."
Mattek-Sands will reach the No.1 ranking for the first time in her career and overtake Mirza for the top spot when the rankings are updated on Monday, January 9, ending her partner's streak of 91 consecutive weeks as World No.1.
"Congratulations to Bethanie on this achievement," said WTA CEO and Chairman Steve Simon. "Since the inception of the doubles rankings in 1984, thousands of elite athletes have vied for this prestigious honor and Bethanie becomes just the 34th to reach the ranking of No 1. Her hard work and dedication during her career have led her to this point, and the WTA is honored to have her as our No.1."
Last year at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, Mattek-Sands came within one win from securing the WTA Year-End World No.1 doubles ranking, falling to Makarova and Vesnina in the championship match (with partner Lucie Safarova).
The new World No.1 holds 23 WTA doubles titles, including three Grand Slams at the 2015 Australian Open, 2015 Roland Garros and 2016 US Open (all with Safarova). Last year, the American posted an 18-match winning streak on the doubles court by clinching back-to-back titles at the US Open, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open and the China Open, and advancing to the finals at the WTA Finals (all with Safarova).