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Serena Williams secures WTA Year-End World No.1 Ranking

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Following a 2013 season highlighted by winning nine
titles, including two Grand Slams, Serena Williams has
secured the Women's Tennis Association’s Year-End No.1,
presented by Dubai Duty Free, for the third time in her
illustrious career, having also achieved the honor in
2002 and 2009.

Williams has held the WTA World
No.1 ranking on six occasions during her a career, most
recently since February 17, 2013, which saw her become
the oldest player to hold the No.1 position since
computer rankings were introduced in 1975. On Monday,
September 30, she will have held the top ranking for a
total of 156 non-consecutive weeks throughout her

“Serena has proven time and time again throughout her
career that she is an incredible champion, both on and
off the court," said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO
of the WTA. “This season she continues to rewrite the
record books, proving that she is one of the sport’s
greatest athletes of all-time."


are delighted to present Serena with the Year-End No. 1
trophy which signifies the terrific season that she has
had in 2013. She is a great champion and we look forward
to welcoming her back to Dubai in 2014,” said Salah
Tahlak, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications
of Dubai Duty Free and Tournament Director for the Dubai
Duty Free Tennis Championships.


stellar 2013 season has seen her collect a career-best
nine singles titles: Brisbane International, Sony Open
Tennis (her sixth title at Miami), Family Circle Cup
(Charleston), Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL
d’Italia (Rome), Collector Swedish Open (Bastad), Rogers
Cup (Toronto), Roland Garros and US Open (her 16th and
17th Grand Slam singles crowns respectively). With 55
career titles, Williams is now tied for seventh with
Lindsay Davenport and Virginia Wade on the all-time list
of most titles won.

$3.6million prize money payout from the US Open is the
largest single prize money purse in tennis history,
making her the first woman to surpass $9million in a
single season, and pushing her career earnings past
$50million. Her 67-4 win-loss record for the season
included a career-best 34-match win streak. During
Wimbledon, she achieved her 600th win at all levels, a
feat accomplished by just 14 other players in WTA

Williams turned professional at
the age of 14 in November 1995 and played her first
tournament at Quebec City, Canada. During her 18 year
career, she has won every Grand Slam singles and doubles
title at least once, in addition to four Olympic gold

The American becomes the seventh
player to finish the season as the WTA's year-end No.1
three or more times during her career, joining Steffi
Graf (8), Martina Navratilova (7), Chris Evert (5),
Lindsay Davenport (4), Justine Henin (3) and Martina
Hingis (3).

Williams will be presented with her year-end No.1 trophy
during an on-court ceremony at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA
Championships-Istanbul by a representative of Dubai Duty


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