With the Australian Grand Slam fast approaching this January 2018, we thought we’d round up 7 amazing female tennis players, and ones to keep your eye on in 2018. From all-time superstar Serena Williams through to this year’s rising star Gabrine Muguruza, here are our top picks.
1. Serena Williams
Up first is Serena Williams. This year she bagged her 23rd Grand Slam title and right now she’s generally known as the tennis champion of the planet. Williams, aged 36, is an unstoppable force, and always puts on an incredibly exciting display. She’s won 72 singles titles and 23 doubles titles throughout her career. She’s also a four-time gold Olympic medalist and has reportedly won over 84 million dollars in prize money during her career. Serena recently welcomed a baby girl in September 2017 and hopes to return to the spotlight for the Australian Grand Slam in January 2018. All eyes will be on her to see how she does!
2. Gabriñe Muguruza
Gabriñe Muguruza, 23, is a Spanish-Venezuelan player currently ranked number 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She has won five singles titles, including two major titles at the Grand Slams. She’s been a fast riser, gaining her place at the top in September 2017. She’s known for her badass, aggressive game style. She first came onto the scene in 2014 at the Australian Grand Slam and went on to defeat Serena Williams (who was world’s number 1 in 2014) in the second round of the French Open later that year. Gabriñe seems like an unstoppable force — so keep your eyes peeled on her progress.
3. Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber from Germany was the former world number 1 and Olympic Silver medallist in 2016. While her form has been off in 2017, she’s always a top player to keep an eye on in the tournaments. She’s known for her feisty spirit and is a fighter, so she has the potential to make a strong comeback in 2018.
4. Belinda Bencic
Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic is one of the youngest top players at the age of 20. She arrived on the tennis scene in 2015 and quickly went into the top 10 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings. Since then, she’s been making slammin’ progress in the Grand Slams, often making it into the third round.
5. Tsvetana Pironkova
28-year-old Tsvetana Pironkova from Bulgaria has been on the tennis scene since 2002. One of her most famous achievements has been defeating Serena Williams three times at Grand Slam events — which is almost an impossible task! She has reportedly won nearly 4 million dollars in prize money throughout her career.
6. Laura Robson
Laura Robson, 23, from Britain is known as one of the highest ranked British female players. Her top career achievements include winning a silver medal playing alongside Andy Murray in the London Olympics in 2012. She went through to the fourth round of the Wimbledon Grand Slam back in 2013 — and is definitely one to keep an eye on this year. After suffering a wrist injury back in 2013 she was out of the spotlight for a while, however, she’s now back with a bang and is fighting for her place in a top spot.
7. Elina Svitolina
Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina is currently the world’s number 3, as of the latest WTA rankings, and is the first Ukrainian female tennis player to gain a place in the top ten. She has won nine WTA singles titles and has reached the fourth round in Grand Slams such as Wimbledon 2017.
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