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Serena Williams passes new milestone

Published 1200 GMT (2000 HKT) August 4, 2014
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Serena Williams captured the 61st title of her career at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California, and became the fifth women's tennis player to spend 200 weeks or more as world No. 1 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Williams is now closing on the achievements of Martina Hingis, whose 209 weeks at No. 1 is the fourth highest since the women's rankings began. Michael Dodge/Getty Images
Third on the list is Chris Evert, who spent 262 weeks at the top during a career in which the American won 18 grand slam singles titles -- one more than Williams. Tony Duffy /Allsport/file
Evert's great rival Martina Navratilova spent the second longest at the summit, with 332 weeks at No. 1 -- plus a record 237 weeks in doubles -- as she also won 18 grand slam singles titles. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
The best of the best is Steffi Graf, whose 377 weeks at the top is more than any male or female tennis player -- and 186 of those were consecutive for Germany's 22-time grand slam champion. THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images/file