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The following is a list of women currently actively ranked in the top 1000 on the WTA Tour. For players ranked between 1000+ on the WTA tour, click here. For players ranked in the top 100 of the LTA British Combined Rankings, click here.

Players are ranked (where applicable) by:

  1. WTA Tour Ranking
  2. LTA British Combined Ranking
  3. Career High WTA Tour Ranking
  4. Career High ITF Junior Ranking
  5. Alphabetically

Rankings are accurate as of Monday 7th March.

For more information about each player, click on their photo to be taken to their bio on CoreTennis.net. Players born in the year 1997 or earlier are included on this list. For players born in 1998 or later, please see our list of Girls. For players currently studying at college in the US, please see our list of ITA College Women.


 

Photo: WTA

Photo: WTA

Johanna Konta
Year Born: 1991
WTA Ranking: 26 (= CH)
LTA Ranking: 1
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 11)

Born in Australia to Hungarian parents, we owe the nationality of our British Number 1 to her move to the UK in 2005 and her subsequent switch of allegiance upon gaining British citizenship in 2012. Since then she moved her training base from Eastbourne to Northern Spain in 2014, and it appears to have made a difference: 2015 was her best year yet, capped by a phenomenal run to the last 16 of the US Open as a qualifier, beating 9th seed Muguruza [ESP] and 18th seed Petkovic [GER] before valiantly falling to Petra Kvitova [CZE]. She leapt to a new career high at the start of 2016 after reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January (d. V. Williams [USA], l to. Kerber [GER]).

Photo: WTA

Photo: WTA

Heather Watson
Year Born: 1992
WTA Ranking: 53 (CH = 38)
LTA Ranking: 2
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 3)

British Number 1 for a long time before Konta’s marvellous 2015, Heather Watson’s potential was clear as a youngster, her highlight on the Girls’ tour undoubtedly her US Open Junior title in 2009, dropping just one set all tournament. Since then she has blossomed on the Senior tour, and her career high came earlier in 2015 after her title at the International event in Hobart in January. Her best Slam of the year was at Wimbledon, where she was within two points of victory against Serena Williams [USA] in the third round, but ultimately in the second half of 2015 she was unable to string a lengthy set of wins together.

Photo: WTA

Photo: WTA

Naomi Broady
Year Born: 1990
WTA Ranking: 76 (= CH)
LTA Ranking: 3
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 251)

Naomi’s failure to establish herself on the Junior tour was partly due to her steady climb up the rankings of the Senior tour; she was competing (and winning matches) at full ITF level in 2006, aged 16, and so rather than breaking into the Senior tour with a bang, her transition was smooth and steady. She has gradually climbed year-by-year (with a slight slump through 2013), and moved to a win-loss record of 36-25 in 2015, including 4-2 in WTA International main draws. The Brit surged into the world’s top 100 at the start of 2016, winning an ITF $100k in Midland, USA, before reaching her first ever WTA semi-final in Kuala Lumpur (d. Lisicki [GER], l. to Bouchard [CAN]).

Photo: WTA

Photo: WTA

Tara Moore
Year Born: 1992
WTA Ranking: 313 (CH = 183)
LTA Ranking: 6
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 73)

Born in Hong Kong and described by junior coach Nick Bollettieri as one of the best young players in his academy, Moore’s three titles in early 2013 that propelled her to her career high in August that year now seem a distant memory. Things looked good in 2008 when, aged 16, she picked up a full ITF $10k title in Frinton as well as a 16-5 win-loss record at senior level. But a tough couple of years in 2014/15 resulted in a 37-40 record and a solitary title, which suggests work is still required to realise her potential. She picked up an early $10k title on clay in Turkey in January 2016, but has since struggled to find form at $25k events.

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Photo: 5point4sports.com

Amanda Carreras
Year Born: 1990
WTA Ranking: 352 (CH = 300)
LTA Ranking: 12
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 1082)

Over the last couple of years, Amanda Carreras has found a great deal of success at ITF $10k level, with a two-year win-loss record of 57-14, claiming four titles in 11 attempts in 2015 alone. However, she’s won 11 sets by 6 games to nothing and her dominance of the level suggests she’s capable of more. This potential hasn’t been fully realised, though – her win-loss record turns into 8-4 in $15ks and 10-13 at $25ks over the same time period, having been turned over 0-6 five times at $25k level since 2013. Comfortable at a lower level but unable to truly find her feet at the next one up – 2016 needs to be a defining season for the Gibraltarian.

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

Katy Dunne
Year Born: 1995
WTA Ranking: 353 (CH = 272)
LTA Ranking: 9
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 9)

It’s been two years since Katy Dunne graduated from the Junior tour, and frankly, her progress has been excellent. Indeed, with two Senior titles and a senior win-loss record of 24-12 in her final year as a Junior, it was to be expected that she would succeed. That said, since reaching the top 400 mid-2014, she has been unable to really break through to the full WTA, instead grinding out semi-decent results at ITF level.

Photo: chad.co.uk

Photo: chad.co.uk

Freya Christie
Year Born: 1997
WTA Ranking: 375 (= CH)
LTA Ranking: 7
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 67)

No longer eligible for the Junior Tour, Freya Christie in 2016 will look to establish herself more permanently at senior level, despite already being British Number 7 aged just 18. She only actually competed in two Girls’ events in 2015, spending the majority of her time at ITF $10ks, where she developed a pretty handy win-loss record of 21-10. During 2013, she shone at G4 junior level, making 7 main draws and winning four titles, as well becoming the youngest British woman by 14 months to gain a WTA ranking after a QF appearance at a Loughborough $10k in November of that year. She was called up for Great Britain’s Fed Cup squad in February 2016 but didn’t play.

Photo: WTA

Photo: WTA

Emily Webley-Smith
Year Born: 1984
WTA Ranking: 437 (CH = 240)
LTA Ranking: 8
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 73)

By far the most experienced lady on tour (she’s one of only two ranked 80s-born Brits!), Emily Webley-Smith has had a long, varied and steady career. Her career high came in October 2011, after a string of six consecutive R1 wins at $25k events in Britain and predominantly Australia culminated in a QF appearance in Port Pirie. 2015 was one of her weaker years, slipping from a a 29-26 win-loss record (and a title) in 2014 to a 10-23 record in 2015, suggesting the stalwart’s career may be winding down.

Photo: BBC

Photo: BBC

Harriet Dart
Year Born: 1996
WTA Ranking: 475 (CH = 345)
LTA Ranking: 13
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 55)

Despite being her first full senior year, 2015 was a tougher year for the 19-year-old compared to her breakthrough in 2014. Two $10k titles late in the year and a 33-16 win-loss record saw her rise to a career high in mid-2015, but her inability to defend those points coming off in late-2015 saw her drop back outside the top 400. The promise is there – she made the semis at a Brit-stacked $10k in Chiswick in August (d. Gibson, Crouch, Burrage; l. to Arbuthnott) but one feels that the best is yet to come from Miss Dart.

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Photo: celebhealthy.com

Laura Robson
Year Born: 1994
WTA Ranking: 551 (CH = 27)
LTA Ranking: 17
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 1)

It’s easy to forget that Laura Robson is still only 21, yet is easily the most successful player currently active on the tour. She won the hearts of the British public after winning Junior Wimbledon in 2008, and until a wrist injury in early 2014, she was all set to become one of the brightest youngsters on tour, rising quickly to within the world’s top 30. Her injury forced her out for over a year, and her only main draw victory in 2015 came in in July in Granby, Canada, against Naomi Osaka from Japan. She has represented Great Britain at the Fed Cup, won an Olympic Doubles Silver Medal with Andy Murray, and all being well, has a huge year of bouncing back to look forward to in 2016.

Photo: Rowland C. Goodman

Photo: Rowland C. Goodman

Mirabelle Njoze
Year Born: 1997
WTA Ranking: 617 (CH = 613)
LTA Ranking: 31
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 147)

Njoze has made a decent start in her first year graduated from the Junior Tour. Her record of 36-22 at $10k events suggest the youngster has plenty of potential, even if her tentative forays into $25k qualifying were ultimately unsuccessful. Time is on her side, and her progress over the next few years will be interesting to track.

Photo: Daily Record

Photo: Daily Record

Anna Brogan
Year Born: 1997
WTA Ranking: 714 (CH = 564)
LTA Ranking: 37
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 166)

Anna Brogan’s record at $10k level in 2014 (aged just 16 for most of the year) was quite phenomenal: she went 16-7 in all $10k main draws thanks to a hugely successful trip to South America, where she made one final, two semis and three quarters in seven tournaments in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. This was supplemented by an excellent first half of 2015, where she played three consecutive tournaments in Antalya, Turkey, and made a further two semis and a final, which propelled her to a career high mid-season. After a R3 exit at Junior Wimbledon, she all but abandoned the Junior tour and concentrated on more $10ks, but her post-Wimbledon record of 5 successive defeats suggests a return to form as quickly as possible is required to maintain her ranking and push on to fulfil the clear potential she has.

Photo: ITF

Photo: ITF

Laura Deigman
Year Born: 1993
WTA Ranking: 721 (CH = 629)
LTA Ranking: 41
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 194)

It took Laura over half a year to go from top 300 on the Junior tour in 2011 to gaining her first senior ranking point in August 2012. Since then, she has made steady progress, recording 12-18 win-loss records in $10ks in both 2013 and 2014 before registering a positive record (17-15) and her career high in 2015. After a slow start, she eventually reached four QFs and two SFs, all on the road. Both semis were three-set affairs, which read positively for the oncoming season.

Photo: ITF

Photo: ITF

Francesca Stephenson
Year Born: 1993
WTA Ranking: 740 (CH = 518)
LTA Ranking: 26
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 122)

Francesca’s career high came back in 2012 in her first year graduated from the Junior tour, after, among others, a run to the final at the $10k in Glasgow in the January of that year. She’s not quite matched that this year, but four consecutive R1 $10k wins, including a SF appearance in Tiberias (l. to Totka [HUN]), brought her close, before her sole career title from December 2014 in Djibouti (d. Dart in SF) dropped off her points tally and she ended the year just outside the top 700.

Photo: ITF

Photo: ITF

Emily Arbuthnott
Year Born: 1997
WTA Ranking: 742 (CH = 740)
LTA Ranking: 14
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 30)

Having been in the Junior Top 100 for two straight years, 2016 will be Emily’s first full year on the Senior circuit, and she’s already showing signs of life. Having won just one Junior title, at G4 level, she’s already equalled that as a Senior, knocking out the top seed in R1 on the way to a spectacular title in Sharm El-Sheikh in October (d. Whybourn in F). This was pre-empted in Chiswick in August where she beat Asghar, Stephenson and Dart en route to a final defeat by Katy Dunne. Young and fresh, the only way is up for the youngster, who is heading off to college in the States in September.

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Photo: teambath.co.uk

Lisa Whybourn
Year Born: 1991
WTA Ranking: 749 (CH = 250)
LTA Ranking: 16
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 177)

After recovering from an injury which saw her out for the majority of 2014, Lisa has recently stated that she didn’t want the 2015 season to end after an encouraging run of form at the back end of the year, which saw her climb almost 400 places in the space of four months. This was largely down to two impressive performances in Sharm El-Sheikh in October, which saw her reach the QF in one event (d. Arbuthnott in R1) and the final in the other (d. Drew in SF; l. to Arbuthnott in F), as well as two further R1 victories upon returning to the UK. Her career high suggests she belongs higher up the ladder than she currently resides.

Photo: WTA

Photo: WTA

Naomi Cavaday
Year Born: 1989
WTA Ranking: 769 (CH = 174)
LTA Ranking: 23
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 23)

After almost three years of retirement and a coaching role at the LTA from 2011-2014, Naomi Cavaday returned to the WTA rankings in September 2014, and before the end of the year, she had taken her tally of career titles from one to four with victories in three $10 events in Sharm el-Sheikh and Stockholm (x2). A worthwhile return. She attempted to move up a gear in 2015 but only succeeded in qualifying once out of nine attempts at £25k events and above. Coaching pedigree, pedigree at $10k events, even partial to a spot of journalism… It will be interesting to see where Naomi goes from here.

Photo: ITF

Photo: ITF

Jazzamay Drew
Year Born: 1994
WTA Ranking: 861 (CH = 824)
LTA Ranking: 123
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 166)

Since 2010, year after year went by without a singles ranking point for Jazzamay Drew. Finally, in Lanzarote in January 2014, she earned that elusive third R1 victory which put her on the international tennis map. Since then, progress has been steadily made in an upward direction: her first $10k QF came in May of the same year, and in October 2015 she made her first ITF semi-final (l. to Whybourn), which helped her onto her career high.

Photo: WH Times

Photo: WH Times

Lucy Brown
Year Born: 1993
WTA Ranking: 868 (CH = 540)
LTA Ranking: 20
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 84)

Seemingly a perennial contender for Beth Askew on the British Tour, Brown’s WTA record is slightly better than the aforementioned, her best couple of seasons (and career high) coming back in 2012 and 2013, where she made 42 main draws over two seasons and went 31-42 in all competitions. Since then, she has rarely ventured out of Britain but found relative success when doing so, with her only four main draw ITF wins all coming outside of the UK.

Photo: teambath.co.uk

Photo: teambath.co.uk

Sarah Beth Askew
Year Born: 1995
WTA Ranking: 872 (CH = 749)
LTA Ranking: 11
ITF Ranking: N/A (CH = 236)

With an inability to properly break onto the ITF Pro Circuit, Beth Askew has undoubtedly impressed on the AEGON British Tour, with three Tier 1 victories in three months in 2015 at Worthing, Wrexham and Loughborough, which has boosted her LTA ranking considerably higher than those around her on the WTA circuit. It’s a tough call to make now, at 20 years old, whether to continue down a successful route or push on to try and break through at international level.

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