Working in pairs, go through the table below that gives you information about the top women tennis players since 1975. Write a short article for your school magazine comparing and contrasting the players in terms of their duration at the top. Mention some qualities that you think may be responsible for their brief or long stay at the top spot.

Top-Ranked Women Players

I. The roll of honour of women who enjoyed life at the summit since everybody’s favourite player, Chris Evert, took her place in 1975.


Ranked on

Weeks as No. 1

Maria Sharapova (Russia)

22 August 2005


Lindsay Davenport (U.S.)

October 2004


Amelie Mauresmo (France)

13 September 2004


Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium)

20 October 2003


Kim Clijsters (Belgium)

11 August 2003


Serena Williams (U.S.)

8 July 2002


Venus Williams (U.S.)

25 February 2002


Jennifer Capriati (U.S.)

15 October 2001


Lindsay Davenport (U.S.)

12 October 1998


Martina Hingis (Switzerland)

31 March 1997


Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (Spain)

6 February 1995


Monica Seles (U.S.)

11 March 1991


Steffi Graf (Germany)

17 August 1987


Tracy Austin (U.S.)

7 April 1980


Martina Navratilova (U.S.)

10 July 1978


Chris Evert (U.S.)

3 November 1975



Top Women Players Over The Years

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Women's tennis has seen many legends since Chris Evert of the U.S., who bagged the top position in 1975 and maintained it for 362 weeks. From 1978-97, Martina Navratilova (U.S.), Steffi Graf (Germany), Monica Seles (U.S.) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) were some other mentally tough and determined girls who retained their top ranks for 331, 377, 178 and 209 weeks respectively. The confidence they had in their capabilities and the urge to excel in life helped them to lead in their career.

Sharing these traits of personality were women like Tracy Austin (U.S.), Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Lindsay Davenport (U.S.), Jennifer Capriati (U.S.), Venus Williams (U.S.), Serena Williams (U.S.), Kim Clijsters (Belgium), Justine Henin-Hardenne (Belgium), Amelie Mauresmo (France), Lindsay Davenport (U.S.) and Maria Sharapova (Russia), who topped the women's tennis from the year 1980 to 2005.

Though the period for which these players retained their positions were not equivalent to the likes of Chris Evert or Steffi Graf, yet they too have showcased their competitiveness in a sport like tennis.

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