SINGAPORE - Angelique Kerber has been 2016's outstanding player, lifting two Grand Slams and ending Serena Williams' reign at the top of the rankings. And earlier this month the German notched up another significant achievement when she clinched the 2016 WTA Year-End World No.1 Singles Ranking, presented by Dubai Duty Free.
"For me it's a honor to be the next [German] No.1 after Steffi Graf, of course," Kerber said during the presentation. "A lot of things change and now I think tennis in Germany is coming back again and to be No.1 at the end of the year is great. It was an incredible year with a lot of emotions."
This is the latest achievement in what has been a breakthrough year for Kerber, who began the season by defeating Serena to win her maiden Grand Slam title, at the Australian Open. She followed this by reaching the Wimbledon final, capturing a silver medal in singles at the Rio Olympics, and then lifting the US Open title.
The German's rise to No.1 on September 12, 2016, following her US Open triumph, snapped Williams' record-equaling streak of 186 consecutive weeks at the summit.
In doing so, the 28-year-old also became the oldest first-time World No.1 - an achievement that is a great source of pride: "It feels great to be the oldest one! To be No.1 was always the goal when I was a kid. I have great memories from this year and I hope I can continue this success."
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)
~ Tiffany & Co. is proud to present the Tiffany & Co. 2016 WTA World No. 1 rings from the iconic Tiffany T collection for the first time.