Serena Williams Clinches 2009 Year-End No. 1 Tennis Ranking
The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s most successful tennis player of the season will end 2009 on top of the world.
Serena Williams, who won two major titles this year, has clinched the year-end world number one tennis ranking.
When the new rankings are released on Monday, November 2, 2009, Williams will emerge as the new World No.1, replacing Russia’s Dinara Safina. Williams recaptured the No.1 ranking at the Sony Ericsson Championships – Doha 2009, following Safina’s opening match retirement and Williams’ opening round win against Svetlana Kuznetsova.“2009 has been a truly memorable season for me during which I enjoyed some of the biggest wins of my career,” said Serena Williams. “Capturing the year-end World No.1 ranking is a huge accomplishment for me and I am thrilled that all the hard work has paid off.”
“I congratulate Serena on having a great year and achieving one of her goals by finishing the season as the World No.1 player,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. “Serena is a terrific ambassador for our sport.”
The 28-year-old American has had a stellar 2009 season, winning two Grand Slam singles titles (Australian Open and Wimbledon) and posting solid results at the other two Grand Slams, falling to eventual champions at both (to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals of Roland Garros and to Kim Clijsters in the semifinals of the US Open).
Williams will hold the World No.1 ranking at least through the week of December 28, 2009.