Who is the current world No. 1 in women’s tennis? Updated WTA rankings and explainer

The mantle of world number one in tennis is something every player aspires for but few ever achieve. 

When it comes to women’s singles, Serena Williams dominated for years but younger players have emerged to stake their claim for the crown.  

Who is the current women’s world No. 1?

Iga Swiatek remains the current world number one after replacing the retired Ashleigh Barty earlier this year.

The Polish 21-year-old recently won the 2022 US Open to further cement her place at the top of the rankings. 

Swiatek currently has more than double the amount of WTA points compared to her closest rival Ons Jabeur, who she beat in the US Open final. 

WTA women’s singles rankings

Ranking Change Name Points
1 Iga Swiatek 11,085
2 Ons Jabeur 5,055
3 Jessica Pegula 4,691
4 Caroline Garcia 4,375
5 Aryna Sabalenka 3,925
6 Maria Sakkari 3,871
7 Coco Gauff 3,646
8 Daria Kasatkina 3,435
9 Veronika Kudermetova 2,795
10 Simona Halep 2,661

*Last updated December 13, 2022

How do tennis rankings work?

Women’s tennis world rankings are calculated by the WTA, who award points based on a player’s performance at particular tournaments. 

The further a player progresses in a sanctioned event, the more points they will be awarded. 

Grand slams provide the most points with 2000 awarded to the winner and 1200 to the runner-up. 

Points picked up from each tournament last for one year with rankings updated each week. 

When are tennis rankings updated?

Both the ATP and WTA update their rankings every Monday when tournaments aren’t running. 

So in general you can expect weekly updates aside from when Grand Slams are being competed. 

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