How Much Longer Can Victoria Azarenka Remain at No. 1?

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How Much Longer Can Victoria Azarenka Remain at No. 1?
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Thanks to her wonderful exhibition of play in the Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka leap-frogged past Petra Kvitova in the WTA standings to reach the pinnacle.

There was a big discussion whether the previous No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki's ranking was justified but not many will doubt Azarenka's ascension to the throne. But can Victoria remain No.1 for a longer period? If so, for how long? To do so, we need to look at how the rankings work.

The WTA rankings are based on a 52-week, cumulative system. A player's ranking is determined by her results at a maximum of 16 tournaments for singles. A Grand Slam win fetches a player 2,000 points while the winner of the Premier tournaments at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Beijing receive 1,000 points. Similarly, winners of other tournaments get lesser as it should be.

Victoria is on the top with 8,585 points. Playing in the Indian Wells and Miami Premier tournaments and doing well will give her enough breathing space at the top. One feels that the French Open will once again see a similar run for No. 1 among the top players. This has given women's tennis a new lease on life and made it exciting for tennis fans. 

Let us look at who are the contenders for the No. 1 crown. 

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