Kim Clijsters Retakes No. 1 Ranking
After 256 weeks, the 27-year-old Belgian will regain her No. 1 spot on tour when the WTA rankings are released next week. Clijsters last held the top-ranked spot the week of March 20, 2006.
Fresh off her fourth Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open, she overtakes current No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, who has yet to win a career major. Clijsters, the 41-time WTA singles champion, briefly retired from the sport with one major in May of 2007 before coming back unranked in the summer of 2009.
The 256-week stretch it took for Clijsters to reclaim the top-ranked singles spot is second only -- on the ATP and WTA tours -- to Serena Williams. After 265 weeks devoid of the top-ranked spot, Williams reclaimed No. 1 on September 7, 2008.
Wozniacki joins Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina as recent top-ranked players to leave the post without a major title.
Meanwhile, Clijsters continues to roll. Before claiming the year's first major at Melbourne Park, she finished last season a winner at the U.S. Open and season-ending championships in Doha.
"I'm very happy to again be the world No. 1 player here," the 27-year-old Clijsters said during an on-court presentation. "It's not in Belgium, but it's very close. Thanks for all your support. I hope I can maybe win the tournament, too."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.