The following are the eight top-seeded players in the Virginia Slims of Washington tennis tournament, which begins Monday at the George Washington University Smith Center: 1. Martina Navratilova

Navratilova, 28, has been the No. 1-ranked player on the circuit for the past three years. She has had winning streaks of 54 and 74 consecutive matches. She won six straight Grand Slam titles until losing in the Australian Open in December. In 1984, Navratilova won 12 straight tournaments. The lefthander has won five Wimbledon singles titles and two U.S. Open titles. She set a professional tennis record (men's or women's) by winning $2,173,156 in 1984. Her singles match record for the year was 78-2. Her doubles record is even more impressive -- 60-1 as she teamed chiefly with Pam Shriver. With Shriver missing the tournament because of a shoulder injury, her partner this week will be Gigi Fernandez. 2. Hana Mandlikova

She is the defending champion in this tournament. The No. 3 computer-ranked player, Mandlikova, 22, is one of two players to have defeated Navratilova in the past year (Helena Sukova is the other). She reached the semifinals last year at the French Open and Wimbledon. She was voted the circuit's most improved player in 1980. In 1981, Mandlikova won the French Open. She earned $470,590 last year with a record of 52-11. 3. Wendy Turnbull

Regained her No. 5 ranking in 1984 after slipping to No. 8 in 1983. She has been in the top 10 since 1978. Turnbull has reached the finals at least once in every Grand Slam event except Wimbledon. She reached four Virginia Slims semifinals last year. Turnbull built a reputation as a doubles player, winning the U.S. Open in 1979 and 1982 and Wimbledon in 1978. Turnbull, 32, was 37-17 in singles matches last year, earning $255,095 despite not winning any of the 16 tournaments which she entered. 4. Manuela Maleeva

Named the Most Impressive Newcomer by the Women's Tennis Association, Maleeva, 17, is ranked No. 6 after finishing 1983 ranked No. 31. She won the Swiss Open last year and upset Chris Evert-Lloyd in winning the Italian Open. She was 53-16 last year, winning $326,057. The Bulgarian, whose sister Katerina is ranked No. 93, is righthanded and plays with a two-handed backhand. 5. Helena Sukova

Although ranked No. 7, Sukova, 19, was relatively unknown until she ended Navratilova's 74-match winning streak at the Australian Open in December. The 6-1 Czechoslovakian uses her height to great advantage -- she has one of the best serves on the tour. Sukova won her first Virginia Slims title in November at the National Panasonic in Brisbane. She reached at least the semifinals of eight tournaments last year, including the Virginia Slims of Washington. Sukova won $282,443 in 1984 with a 52-24 record in singles and 49-17 in doubles. She won five doubles titles last year. 6. Claudia Kohde-Kilsch

An excellent doubles player, the 6-2 West German is ranked No. 8 in singles. Before she reached age 18, she ranked among the top 25 by winning the Swiss Open and Kitzbuhel titles. In 1984, Kohde-Kilsch, 21, won the German Open and teamed with Mandlikova to win the Family Circle Cup doubles. She won $213,899 in 1984 with a 42-15 singles record and 51-15 in doubles. She won five doubles titles and reached the semifinals in four other tournaments. 7. Zina Garrison

Unranked in 1981, Garrison, 21, was in the top 20 within months of making her professional debut. The Houston native reached the Virginia Slims of Washington finals last year, losing to Mandlikova. She won her only professional title in October at the European Indoor Championship in Zurich, and is now ranked No. 9. She earned $179,014 last year with a 47-21 singles record and 19-17 in doubles. Garrison is the first black woman ranked among the top 10 since Althea Gibson more than 30 years ago. 8. Kathy Jordan

Playing in only 11 tournaments in 1984, Jordan, 25, still won $162,478 and is ranked No. 10. She has played some her best tennis against top-ranked players, upsetting Evert-Lloyd at Eastbourne and Shriver at Wimbledon last year. Jordan, from King of Prussia, Pa., has won doubles titles in all Grand Slam events with partner Anne Smith. Last year, they won the Women's Tennis Association championship and reached the finals at Wimbledon. She was 25-12 in singles and 27-8 in doubles. Others to Watch

Carling Bassett, 17, won $170,866 last year and is ranked No. 11 . . . Gigi Fernandez, 20, ranked No. 27, gave Navratilova a difficult time at Wimbledon in 1984 before Navratilova won, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) . . . Gabriela Sabatini, 14, the tournament's youngest player, is ranked No. 74. This year, the 95-pounder became the youngest player to ever win a U.S. Open match.