The five oldest women ranked by the WTA at the end of 2022

Venus Williams in action Credit: Alamy
Venus Williams in action Credit: Alamy

Tennis players have sought to push the boundaries of what has been thought possible when it comes to ageing athletes with the WTA Rankings featuring some notable veterans.

Here we look at who the five oldest women currently ranked by the WTA are and what their prospects are for 2023.

As an honourable mention, Kaia Kanepi is the oldest woman in the top 50 at 37 years old.

Akgul Amanmuradova (38) Ranked 1096

Akgul Amanmuradova has become one of the oldest women still active on the WTA Tour although she is primarily focused on doubles competition.

She is also among the tallest players on the WTA Tour at 1.9 metres tall.

Amanmuradova turned pro back in 2000 and has picked up ten career ITF titles but has not won a singles tournament on the full WTA Tour.

Samatha Stosur (38) Ranked 536

Former World No 4 Samantha Stosur is the second highest-ranked of the five women despite a 2022 season record of 1-3 in WTA Tour matches.

Stosur is also primarily occupied with her doubles career at this stage and represented Australia in the BJK Cup last month.

The 2011 US Open champion bagged all of her WTA rankings points thanks to a first round victory of American wildcard Robin Anderson at the Australian Open.

Ioana Gașpar-Ivan (39) ranked 1186

Ioana Gașpar-Ivan is an ITF circuit veteran whose career consistently bubbled under without ever taking off.

She played only one ITF event in 2022 in her hometown and it is not clear if she will fully retire in 2023.

The Romanian married her coach Mădălin Ivan in 2010 also adopting his name.

Junri Namigata (40) Ranked 476

The most active of the elder stateswomen of tennis Junri Namigata entered nine tournaments in 2022.

She has also been confined to the ITF circuit this season where she scrambled enough points to stay in the top 500.

Namigata reached the main draw of a Grand Slam just twice in her career,losing in the first round at the 2011 Australian Open and later that same year at Roland Garros.

Venus Williams (42) Ranked 1016

Venus Williams made a comeback to the WTA Rankings this season.

While she hasn’t won a match since the 2021 edition of Wimbledon and has seen her younger sister retire, Venus has made no declaration about walking away from the game.

She is comfortably the oldest women who currently enjoys a WTA Ranking.

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