WTA Rankings: Top Five Youngest Players To Become World Number 1

The first women’s tennis grand slam tournament rounded up today with it winner, Naomi Osaka rising up to the World Number 1 spot on the WTA rankings.

Osaka who is currently ranked 4th in the world is expected to rise up to the Number 1 spot after her win over Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open final earlier today. Osaka had a solid tournament, defeating her idol, Serena Williams on the way to the final. She is going to be ranked as World number 1 at the young age of 21 years.

As incredible as this may sound, Naomi Osaka isn’t the youngest person to hold the position of the Number 1 ranked women tennis player in the world. There have been other magnificent players who have gotten to that exalted position before her and at even younger ages.

Here is a list of the top five youngest players to become World Number 1:

  • Martina Hingis – 16 years



  • Tracy Austin – 18 years



  • Monica Seles – 18 years



  • Steffi Graf – 18 years



  • Maria Sharapova – 18 years

Sharapova is the only one on the list who is still playing the game. She is currently the 30th seeded player in the WTA rankings.


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