Angelique Kerber clinches 2016 year-end world No1 ranking
Angelique Kerber has secured the 2016 WTA year-end world No1 singles ranking
Germany’s Angelique Kerber has secured the 2016 WTA year-end world No1 singles ranking.
Since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, Kerber becomes the 12th WTA player to achieve the year-end No1 ranking and only the second German woman after Stefanie Graf, who achieved this feat a WTA record of eight times in her career.
“It is a great honour and achievement to finish the year as the No.1 player in the world,” said Kerber.
“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.”
Kerber began the season by claiming her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in her first major final.
She then successfully defended her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, advanced to the Wimbledon final, captured a silver medal in singles at the Rio Olympics, and claimed her second Grand Slam title at the US Open while taking over as the World No.1 for the first time in her career. She also holds the 2016 record for seven WTA final round appearances.
Kerber leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this season, at 59-17, and her other highlights include reaching two finals at the Brisbane International and the Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati and the semifinals at the Miami Open, Volvo Car Open – Charleston and Rogers Cup – Montreal.
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 No1 seed in her fourth appearance at the year-end finale.