The world of women’s tennis has always been home to legendary players, rising stars, and new talents. In 2023, the landscape is no different. As we take a closer look at the top women’s tennis players of 2023, it’s impossible not to marvel at the sheer talent and dedication these women bring to the court. So, who is the best women’s tennis player in the world right now? Let’s find out.
Iga Świątek – The Polish Powerhouse
Iga Świątek is undoubtedly one of the best female tennis players in the world today. With a career-high ranking of No. 4, the Polish player has been making waves on the WTA tour since 2018. In 2020, she won the French Open, becoming the youngest singles champion at the tournament since Rafael Nadal in 2005. Known for her powerful forehand and aggressive playing style, Świątek has quickly become a fan favorite and a force to be reckoned with on the court.
Ons Jabeur – A Trailblazer for Arab Tennis
Ons Jabeur is the highest-ranked Arab tennis player in ATP or WTA rankings history, and it’s not hard to see why. With a career-high ranking of No. 7, the Tunisian player has been turning heads on the WTA tour since 2014. At the 2020 Australian Open, she became the first Arab woman to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament. Jabeur’s playing style is as unique as it is effective, with her crafty shot-making and exceptional court awareness earning her a legion of fans around the world.
Serena Williams and Venus Williams – The Legends of the Sport
When it comes to women’s tennis, few names carry the same weight as Serena Williams and Venus Williams. The sisters have dominated the sport for over two decades, racking up a combined 30 Grand Slam singles titles and countless other accolades along the way. Although both players are nearing the end of their careers, there’s no denying that they are two of the best female tennis players of all time.
Caroline Garcia – The French Phenom
Caroline Garcia may not be a household name, but she’s certainly one of the most talented female tennis players in the world today. With seven singles and six doubles titles on the WTA tour, Garcia has proven time and time again that she has what it takes to compete at the highest level. Her partnership with fellow Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in 2016 resulted in the pair winning four titles together, including the French Open. Garcia has also made a name for herself on the international stage, leading France to the Fed Cup final in 2016.
Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens – The Next Generation of American Tennis
With Serena Williams and Venus Williams nearing retirement, all eyes are on the next generation of American tennis players. Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens are two players who are well worth watching. Kenin burst onto the scene in 2019, winning her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. Stephens, on the other hand, has been a consistent presence on the WTA tour since 2011, winning the US Open in 2017. Both players are known for their aggressive playing styles and never-say-die attitudes.
Emma Raducanu: The Young Tennis Sensation Taking the World by Storm
Emma Raducanu is a name that has been on everyone’s lips since she burst onto the tennis scene in 2021. Born on November 13, 2002, in Bromley, London, Raducanu has quickly made a name for herself as one of the most exciting young talents in the game.
Raducanu, who is only 18 years old, has accomplished a lot in her career thus far. She is now ranked No. 1 in Britain and attained a career-high rating of No. 18 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since Virginia Wade at the 1977 Wimbledon Championships, Raducanu is the current US Open champion.
Raducanu’s style of play is best described as a baseline player, known for her powerful, flat groundstrokes and aggressive return of serve. Her athleticism and court coverage are exceptional, and she has a knack for hitting winners from seemingly impossible positions.
Paula Badosa: The Spanish Player Making a Name for Herself
On November 15, 1997, Paula Badosa Gibert was born in Manhattan, New York. She is a Spanish professional tennis player who has quickly risen up the ranks to become one of the top players in the game.
Badosa’s career highlights include winning the 2015 French Open girls’ singles title by defeating Anna Kalinskaya in the final. In 2021, she won the Indian Wells Open, her biggest WTA career title to date.
Badosa’s style of play is best described as a versatile player who can adapt to any situation. She has a powerful serve and is known for her aggressive groundstrokes. Badosa is also a strong defender and has a great ability to counterpunch.
Elena Rybakina: The Rising Star from Kazakhstan
The Russian city of Moscow is the place of Elena Andreyevna Rybakina’s birth. She is a Russian-born Kazakhstani professional tennis player who has quickly made a name for herself on the WTA Tour.
Rybakina has a career-high ranking of No. 12 achieved on January 17, 2022, by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and became the first Kazakhstani player in the top 15. She is the current Kazakhstani female No. 1 player in singles. On the WTA Tour, Rybakina has advanced to eight finals, including three at the WTA 500 level, and she has won two championships.
Rybakina’s style of play is best described as a powerful hitter who likes to dictate play from the baseline. She has a big serve and can hit winners from both wings. Rybakina is also a strong competitor and has a great ability to come up with clutch shots when it matters most.
Maria Sakkari – The Greek Tennis Sensation
Maria Sakkari is a Greek tennis player who has been making waves in the tennis world in recent years. Born on July 25, 1995, Sakkari has climbed the ranks to become one of the top players in the world. In May 2021, she achieved her career-high singles ranking of No. 18. Sakkari is also a talented doubles player, with the best WTA doubles ranking of 169 achieved in September 2019.
Sakkari won her first singles title on the WTA Tour in 2019 at the Morocco Open, where she defeated Johanna Konta in the final. She has also reached the semifinals of several prestigious tournaments, including the Wuhan Open in 2017 and the Italian Open in 2019, where she defeated top-ranked players such as Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitová. In 2020, Sakkari reached the fourth round at both the Australian Open and US Open, and in 2021, she made it to the semifinals at the French Open.
Karolína Plíšková – The Czech Powerhouse
Karolína Plíšková is a former world No. 1 in singles and one of the top players in the Czech Republic. Born on March 21, 1992, Plíšková is known for her powerful serve and forehand. She has earned more than $20 million in prize money as well as 16 singles titles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour and 10 singles titles and six doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.
Plková has advanced to the singles final of two Grand Slam events: the US Open in 2016 and the Wimbledon Championships in 2021. She also won the girls’ singles event at the 2010 Australian Open as a junior player. Plíšková has played for the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup competition, helping the team win the title in 2015 and 2016.
Coco Gauff – The Youngest Phenom
Cori “Coco” Gauff is an American tennis player who has taken the world by storm with her impressive skills on the court. Born on March 13, 2004, Gauff is the youngest-ever finalist in the girls’ singles event at the US Open. She won the Junior French Open in 2018, becoming the second-youngest player to do so. Gauff is also the youngest female to qualify for a Grand Slam tournament main draw and the youngest player overall to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon.
Anett Kontaveit – The Estonian Talent
Anett Kontaveit is an Estonian tennis player who achieved her best singles ranking of No. 7 in November 2021. Born on December 24, 1995, Kontaveit is the highest-ranked Estonian singles player of all time. She also peaked at No. 95 in the WTA doubles rankings in March 2020.
In 2021, Kontaveit made history by becoming the first Estonian to participate in the year-end WTA Finals and reach the final.
Victoria Azarenka: The Grand Slam Champion
Born on July 31, 1989, in Minsk, Belarus, Victoria Azarenka is a professional tennis player with a formidable record. She held the world No. 1 ranking in singles and was the year-end No. 1 in 2012. She has won an impressive 20 WTA singles titles, eight WTA doubles titles and three mixed-doubles titles.
Azarenka is the only Belarusian player, male or female, to win a Grand Slam singles title, having won the Australian Open singles titles twice in 2012 and 2013. She has also won six Premier Mandatory tournaments, including the Sunshine Double in 2016. Her remarkable career also includes winning a bronze medal in the singles event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, and the gold medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Angelique Kerber: The Left-Handed Ace
Angelique Kerber, born on January 18, 1988, in Bremen, Germany, is a German professional tennis player. She made her professional debut in 2003, but it was not until 2011 that she rose to prominence. She reached the semifinals of the 2011 US Open as the No. 92-ranked player in the world.
Kerber is known for her left-handed counter-punching all-court game, which has helped her win 12 career singles titles across all surfaces on the WTA Tour. Her most notable achievements include winning three Grand Slam titles: the 2016 Australian Open, the 2016 US Open, and the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. She also won a silver medal in the singles event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, representing Germany.
Jessica Pegula: The American Powerhouse
Born on February 24, 1994, in Buffalo, New York, Jessica Pegula is an American professional tennis player with a career-high singles ranking of world No. 16 achieved on January 31, 2022. She also achieved a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 41 on the same date.
Pegula has been an unstoppable force on the tennis court, winning her first WTA singles title at the 2021 Washington Open. She has also had notable performances in other tournaments, such as reaching the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open and the semifinals of the 2021 Miami Open. Pegula’s incredible success has solidified her as one of the most promising young tennis players in the world.
Serena Williams – The Undisputed Champion
One of the best tennis players of all time is regarded as Serena Williams. She has won a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the most by any player in the Open Era. Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the WTA on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She has been a force to be reckoned with since her first Grand Slam title in 1999. Her dominance on the court is unmatched, and she has won a total of 73 WTA singles titles, which is the most among active players.
Fanny Stollár – The Up and Coming Player
Fanny Stollár is a young Hungarian tennis player who has been making waves in the sport. She has won two doubles titles on the WTA Tour and one doubles title on the WTA 125K series. Stollár has also won one singles title and nine doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. Her current singles ranking is world No. 114, and her doubles ranking is world No. 67. Stollár is a player to watch out for in the coming years.
Danielle Collins – The College Star
Danielle Collins is an American professional tennis player who made her mark in the sport while playing at the University of Virginia. She won the NCAA singles title twice, in 2014 and 2016, during her sophomore and senior years. Collins reached a career-high ranking of world No. 23 in singles on 28 January 2019, and No. 86 in doubles on 2 March 2020. She has won two WTA Tour singles titles, one WTA 125 singles title, and four ITF singles titles.
Beatriz Haddad Maia – The Brazilian Beauty
Beatriz Haddad Maia is a Brazilian tennis player who has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour. She has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 265 and a doubles ranking of world No. 321. Haddad Maia has represented Brazil in the Fed Cup, where she has a win-loss record of 1-1.
Donna Vekić – The Croatian Sensation
Croatian tennis player Donna Veki has won three singles championships on the WTA Tour. On the ITF Circuit, she has also won five singles titles and one doubles title. Reaching the quarterfinals of the 2019 US Open was Veki’s greatest Grand Slam singles performance. On November 4th, 2001, she reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 19 in the world.
Sofia Kenin: The 2020 WTA Player of the Year
Sofia Anna “Sonya” Kenin is an American professional tennis player born on November 14, 1998. Since going pro in 2017, she has been creating waves in the tennis community. In 2020, she was named the WTA Player of the Year, thanks to her impressive performance at the Australian Open, where she emerged victorious, and her runner-up finishes at the French Open. At just 22 years old, Kenin has already won five WTA singles titles and two WTA doubles titles. Her highest ranking so far has been world No. 4, a testament to her incredible talent and work ethic.
Camila Giorgi: The Italian Powerhouse
Camila Giorgi is an Italian professional tennis player born on December 30, 1991. Known for her aggressive style of play and powerful flat groundstrokes, Giorgi has established herself as one of the hardest hitters of the ball on the tour. Her breakthrough moment came in 2012 when she reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in just her second appearance at the tournament.
Since then, she has gone on to reach the fourth round of the US Open and the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2018. The 2013 US Open, 2014 BNP Paribas Open, and 2014 Aegon International were Giorgi’s most important professional victories, as she defeated former No. 1 players Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka.
Elina Svitolina: The Ukrainian Star
Elina Svitolina is a Ukrainian professional tennis player born on September 12, 1994. She has won 16 WTA singles titles and has finished runner-up three times. Her highest ranking in singles has been world No. 3, achieved in September 2017. Svitolina is known for her consistency and all-around game, with a strong serve and powerful groundstrokes. She has represented Ukraine in the Fed Cup and has been a mainstay in the top 10 of the WTA rankings for several years.
Wang Qiang: The Rising Star from China
Wang Qiang is a Chinese professional tennis player born on January 14, 1992. She has won two WTA Tour singles titles, one WTA 125 singles title, 13 ITF Circuit singles wins, and one doubles title. Her best result at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2019 US Open, where she reached the quarterfinals. Wang achieved her highest singles ranking of world No. 12 in Sep 2019, becoming the 2nd -highest-ranked Chinese tennis player in history after Li Na. She is one of only five Chinese tennis players to have reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, alongside Li Na, Zheng Jie, Peng Shuai, and Zhang Shuai.
Aryna Sabalenka: Rising Star in Tennis
Aryna Sabalenka, born on May 5, 1998, is a Belarusian tennis player who has made a name for herself in the world of professional tennis. With an impressive track record, Sabalenka has been ranked as high as world No. 2 in singles and world No. 1 in doubles by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association).
Sabalenka’s success is a result of her relentless dedication and hard work. She has won an impressive 16 WTA titles in total, including 10 in singles and six in doubles. Her most notable victories include two Grand Slam doubles titles, the 2019 US Open and the 2021 Australian Open, which she won alongside her doubles partner, Elise Mertens.
Lesia Tsurenko: A Ukrainian Talent
Lesia Tsurenko is a Ukrainian tennis player, born on May 30, 1989. Tsurenko has made a name for herself by winning four singles titles on the WTA Tour, as well as six singles titles and eight doubles titles on the ITF Circuit.
Tsurenko’s hard work and dedication have paid off, as she reached her best singles ranking of world No. 23 on February 18, 2019. she peaked at No. 115 in the doubles rankings on May 28, 2018. Tsurenko’s hometown is Yuzhnoukrainsk, Ukraine.
Sloane Stephens: From a Small Town to the Big Stage
Sloane Stephens, born on March 20, 1993, is an American professional tennis player. Raised by athletic parents with backgrounds in collegiate swimming and professional American football, Stephens was introduced to tennis at a young age at a local club in Fresno, California.
Stephens quickly developed a passion for the sport and moved to Florida to train at a tennis academy, ultimately working with Nick Saviano for many years. She advanced fast through the ranks and emerged as a good junior player, rising to a career-high ITF junior ranking of world No. 5 and teaming up with Timea Babos to win three of the four Grand Slam girls’ doubles titles in 2010.
Stephens’ impressive performances continued as she rose to prominence at the 2013 Australian Open, where she made it to the semifinals and upset then-world No. 3 Serena Williams. Although she faced some setbacks and was ranked outside the top 25 for a period of time, Stephens continued to persevere and switched to a new coach, Kamau Murray. Under his guidance, she returned to an elite level and won three WTA titles in the first half of 2016.
Stephens’ hard work paid off in 2017 when she won her first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open in just her fifth tournament back from injury. She was also awarded WTA Comeback Player of the Year for her successful season. Stephens continued to have success in 2018, taking home her maiden Premier Mandatory victory at the Miami Open, making it to her second Grand Slam singles final at the French Open, breaking into the top 10, and coming in second place at the WTA Finals.
Barbora Krejčíková: The Rise of an Eight-Time Grand Slam Champion
Barbora Krejčíková is a name that has been making waves in the tennis world over the past few years. Born on 18 December 1995 in Brno, Jihovýchod, Czech Republic, Krejčíková has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the top tennis players in the world. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at her career and her impressive list of accomplishments.
Career and Achievements
Krejčíková began her professional career in 2014, and since then, she has been making steady progress in the rankings. In 2018, she achieved the world No. 1 ranking in doubles, and on 28 February 2022, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 2. But perhaps her most impressive achievements have come in the Grand Slam tournaments.
To date, Krejčíková has won eight Grand Slam titles, which is no small feat. She won the women’s doubles titles at the 2018 French Open and 2018 Wimbledon Championships, both alongside compatriot Kateřina Siniaková. In 2019, she won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, partnering Rajeev Ram. She then went on to win the women’s doubles titles at the 2021 French Open and 2022 Australian Open, again alongside Siniaková. In 2020, she won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, partnering with Nikola Mektić.
But it was her 2021 French Open women’s singles title that truly put her on the map. Krejčíková defeated some of the top players in the world, including Sloane Stephens, Elina Svitolina, and Coco Gauff, on her way to the championship. Her victory made her only the second Czech woman to win the singles title at the French Open in the Open era, after Hana Mandlíková in 1981.
Krejčíková’s impressive performances have not gone unnoticed. She was named the WTA’s Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2018, and in 2021, she won the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year award.
Océane Dodin: The French Tennis Star Making a Name for Herself
Océane Dodin is another up-and-coming tennis player who has been turning heads in the tennis world. Born on 24 October 1996 in Lille, France, Dodin has been playing tennis since she was just six years old. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at her career and achievements.
Career and Achievements
Dodin turned professional in 2014, and since then, she has been steadily climbing the rankings. As of 8 March 2023, she is ranked No. 46 in the world in singles and No. 375 in doubles by the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association). Her biggest achievement to date came in 2016 when she won her first and only singles title on the WTA Tour at the Coupe Banque Nationale in Québec.
In addition to her WTA success, Dodin has also had a great deal of success on the ITF Circuit. She has won 12 singles titles on the circuit, which is a testament to her skill and hard work.
Anastasia Potapova – The Russian Rising Star
Anastasia Potapova is a 21-year-old Russian tennis player who has made quite an impact in her short career. She is a former junior No. 1 and the 2016 Wimbledon Championships girls’ singles champion, defeating Dayana Yastremska in the final. Potapova made her Grand Slam debut at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships as a wildcard entry in the qualifying draw, where she defeated Elizaveta Kulichkova to qualify for the main draw.
Potapova’s aggressive baseline play and powerful strokes have made her a tough opponent to beat. Her consistent performances have seen her rise in the WTA rankings, and she is currently ranked world No. 50. Her solid performances have caught the attention of many tennis fans, and she is expected to make significant strides in the coming years.
Sorana Cîrstea – The Romanian Challenger
Sorana Cîrstea is a 32-year-old Romanian tennis player who has been a consistent performer on the WTA Tour. She peaked at No. 21 in the world for singles in 2013 and is now ranked No. 45 globally. Cîrstea has also been successful in doubles, with her career-high ranking being world No. 35 in 2009.
Cîrstea’s aggressive style of play and her ability to move around the court effortlessly have made her a tough opponent to beat. Over her career, she has defeated 13 Top 10 players, including Simona Halep, Petra Kvitová, and Venus Williams. Her greatest accomplishments include making it to the 2013 Rogers Cup final and the quarterfinals of the 2009 French Open.
Amanda Anisimova – The American Sensation
Amanda Anisimova is a 21-year-old Russian-American tennis player who has already made significant strides in her career. She won the 2017 US Open girls’ singles title and two other Grade-A titles. In 2019, she made headlines by upsetting defending champion and world No. 3, Simona Halep, to become the youngest semifinalist at the French Open in over a decade.
Anisimova’s powerful groundstrokes and her ability to hit winners from any position on the court have made her a fan favorite. Her performances have seen her rise in the WTA rankings, and she is currently ranked world No. 37. With her impressive performances, she is expected to make a big impact in the coming years.
Veronika Kudermetova is a rising Russian tennis player who has made a significant impact on the professional circuit. Born on April 24, 1997, in Kazan, Russia, Kudermetova has climbed up the ranks of both singles and doubles in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. As of February 21, 2022, she has a career-high singles ranking of world No. 25 and a best doubles ranking of No. 9, which she achieved on January 31, 2022.
Kudermetova’s journey in professional tennis began in 2014, and she has since competed in various international tournaments. Her breakthrough year came in 2020 when she reached her first WTA singles final at the Abu Dhabi Open. Kudermetova then continued her momentum and made it to the fourth round of the Australian Open in 2021. In the same year, she reached the doubles final at Wimbledon Championships, partnering with compatriot Elena Vesnina.
Elise Mertens is a Belgian tennis player who has made a name for herself in both singles and doubles. Born on November 17, 1995, in Leuven, Belgium, Mertens has a career-high single ranking of world No. 12, which she achieved on November 26, 2018. she received her first ranking as the world’s top woman in women’s doubles.
Mertens has won a total of six singles and 15 doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including three Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles. In 2019, she won the US Open and the 2021 Australian Open, both times partnering with Aryna Sabalenka. She also won the women’s doubles title at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, partnering with Hsieh Su-Wei.
Mertens has also won 13 doubles titles and 11 singles win on the ITF Circuit. Despite her success in doubles, Mertens has also made a mark in singles, reaching the semifinals at the 2018 Australian Open and the quarterfinals at the 2019 and 2020 US Open.
Venus Williams is an American tennis player who has made a significant impact on the sport. Born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, California, Williams has been ranked world No. 1 by the Women’s Tennis Association on three functions, for a total of 11 weeks. She was the first African American woman to reach the No. 1 ranking in the Open Era, achieving this feat on February 25, 2002, and the second all-time since Althea Gibson.
Williams has won a total of seven Grand Slam singles titles, tying for 12th on the all-time list and 8th on the Open Era list. She has also reached 16 Grand Slam finals, most recently at Wimbledon in 2017. Additionally, she has won 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, all with her younger sister Serena Williams, making them unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Williams also has two mixed doubles titles.
Throughout her career, Williams has won four Olympic gold medals, one in singles and three in women’s doubles, along with a silver medal in mixed doubles. She is the only tennis player to have won a medal at four Olympic Games. Williams holds the second-most singles titles among active WTA Tour players, behind only her sister Serena Williams, with 49.
Naomi Osaka: A Pioneer in Japanese Tennis
Naomi Osaka is a trailblazer in Japanese tennis. She is the first Japanese tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, defeating the legendary Serena Williams in the final of the 2018 US Open.
Osaka turned pro in September 2013 and made her main-draw WTA tour debut at the 2014 Bank of the West Classic, after defeating Alla Kudryavtseva and Petra Martić in qualifying. She has since reached a career-high world ranking of No. 7.
Daria Kasatkina: The Up-and-Coming Russian Tennis Player
Daria Kasatkina is an up-and-coming tennis player from Russia. She made her top-ten debut in the WTA rankings towards the end of the 2018 season and has won four WTA Tour titles in singles as well as one title in doubles.
Kasatkina rose to prominence in 2018 by finishing runner-up to fellow up-and-coming player Naomi Osaka at the Premier Mandatory Indian Wells Open in a match regarded as representing a new wave of women’s tennis. She has also won the biggest titles of her career at the Kremlin Cup and at the St Petersburg Trophy at home in Russia.
Although Kasatkina struggled in 2019 and fell into the bottom half of the top 100, she has had a resurgent 2021, claiming two titles to return to the top 30.
Andrea Petkovic: The German Tennis Star
Andrea Petkovic is a German tennis player who turned professional in 2006 at the age of 18. She was taken to Germany at the age of six months after being born in Tuzla, SFR Yugoslavia, to a Serbian father, Zoran, and a Bosnian mother, Amira.
Petkovic, a former top-10 player, became the first German woman to be ranked inside the top 10 since Steffi Graf in 1999 on October 10, 2011, when she attained a career-high singles ranking of No. 9. That year, she played in the quarterfinals of three Grand Slam tournaments as well as a Premier Mandatory final at the China Open, and qualified as an alternate to the WTA Tour Championships.
Alizé Cornet: The French Tennis Star
Born on January 22, 1990, in Nice, France, Alizé Cornet is a French professional tennis player who has won six singles and three doubles titles on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. She also has three singles and three doubles titles on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Circuit.
Cornet rose to world No. 11 in the WTA singles rankings on February 16, 2009. She has also made the second week of each of the four Grand Slam events, reaching the fourth round at the 2009 Australian Open, and the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Cornet gained worldwide attention in 2014 when she defeated world No. 1 Serena Williams on three occasions.
Petra Kvitová: The Czech Tennis Champion
Petra Kvitová, born on March 8, 1990, in Bílovec, Czech Republic, is a Czech professional tennis player known for her powerful left-handed groundstrokes and variety. She turned professional in 2006 and has won 27 career singles titles, two of which are Grand Slam titles, and the Wimbledon Championships in 2011 and 2014.
She also won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Kvitová reached her career-high ranking of world No. 2 on October 31, 2011, and as of 19 August 2019, she is ranked world No. 6 by the WTA. Kvitová first gained notice upon defeating then-world No. 1 Dinara Safina in the third round of the 2009 US Open.
Kvitova defeated Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon Championships final to win her maiden Grand Slam championship during her breakout year in 2011. She also won the WTA Tour Championships, becoming the third player to win the tournament on debut. Kvitová helped lead the Czech Republic to victory in the Fed Cup final that same year, making it the Czech Republic’s first Fed Cup title as an independent nation.
Leylah Fernandez: The Canadian Tennis Sensation
Leylah Annie Fernandez was born on September 6, 2002, in Montreal, Canada, and is a Canadian professional tennis player. She achieved her career-high ranking of No. 19 on February 7, 2022, by the WTA. She finished runner-up at the 2021 US Open at the age of 19, defeating three top-5 players en route to the final, including defending champion Naomi Osaka.
Anna Kalinskaya: The Rising Russian Star
Anna Kalinskaya is a 22-year-old Russian professional tennis player who has been making a name for herself on the WTA Tour. With two doubles titles and seven singles and nine doubles titles on the ITF Circuit, she has proven her talent and determination on the court.
Kalinskaya’s career-high singles ranking of world No. 96 in 2019 is a testament to her hard work and skill. In January 2016, she won the girls’ doubles event at the Australian Open, partnering with Tereza Mihalíková. Her first top-ten win came at the 2019 US Open when she defeated Sloane Stephens in straight sets.
Dayana Yastremska: The Ukrainian Powerhouse
Dayana Yastremska is a 21-year-old Ukrainian professional tennis player who has been making waves on the WTA Tour since her debut. With a career-high ranking of No. 21 in the world, Yastremska has won three WTA titles in four final appearances.
Yastremska, a doubles and singles junior Grand Slam runner-up, made a rapid transition to the WTA Tour. She won her first title at the Hong Kong Tennis Open in 2018 and had a successful 2019 season that saw her rise from No. 58 to No. 22 in the rankings. Despite being suspended from competition at the start of 2021 due to a positive drug test, she was later cleared by the International Tennis Federation to return to competition.
Eugenie Bouchard: The Canadian Phenom
Eugenie Bouchard is a 28-year-old Canadian tennis player who has made a significant impact on the sport. She became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships.
Along with winning the 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title, Bouchard advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 French Open and Australian Open. She was named WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2013 and received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season. Bouchard became the first female tennis player from Canada to be ranked in the top 5 when she attained a career-high singles rating of No. 5.
Yulia Putintseva: The Grand Slam Quarterfinalist
Yulia Putintseva is a 28-year-old Kazakhstani professional tennis player who has been a consistent presence on the WTA Tour. She is a three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist (twice at the French Open and once at the US Open) and achieved her career-high singles ranking of world No. 27 in February 2017.
With two singles titles on the WTA Tour, Putintseva has proven her ability to compete at the highest level. She played for her native Russia before June 2012
Monica Puig – The First Puerto Rican to Win Olympic Gold
Born on September 27, 1993, Monica Puig Marchan is a professional tennis player from Puerto Rico. In 2016, she became the first Puerto Rican athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympics while representing Puerto Rico in the women’s singles event. Puig has also won two Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles titles and six International Tennis Federation (ITF) singles titles. Her career-high singles ranking is world No. 27, which she achieved on September 26, 2016.
Ana Bogdan – Romania’s Tennis Hope
Ana Bogdan, born on November 25, 1992, is a Romanian professional tennis player. She made her tour debut in 2007 and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 59 in June 2018. Bogdan achieved world No. 2 on January 5, 2009, during his productive junior career.
Garbiñe Muguruza – Former World No.1
Garbiñe Muguruza Blanco, born on October 8, 1993, is a Spanish-Venezuelan tennis player who reached the top of the WTA rankings in 2017. Muguruza has won seven singles titles, including two Grand Slam titles, the 2016 French Open, and the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. Muguruza has also won five doubles titles and reached the 2015 WTA Finals. Muguruza’s aggressive style and powerful groundstrokes make her a formidable opponent on the court.
Karolína Muchová – Czech Rising Star
Karolína Muchová, born on August 21, 1996, is a Czech professional tennis player with a career-high singles ranking of world No. 19. Bogdan achieved world No. 2 on January 5, 2009, during his productive junior career. Muchová is known for her all-court game and excellent shot-making ability.
Tereza Martincová – The ITF Circuit Champion
Tereza Martincová, born on October 24, 1994, is a Czech tennis player who has won four singles titles on the ITF Circuit. Her career-high singles ranking is world No. 48, which she achieved on November 1, 2021. Martincová has also reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 188, which she achieved on September 27, 2021.
Belinda Bencic – Switzerland’s Star Player
Belinda Bencic, born on March 10, 1997, is a Swiss professional tennis player who has a career-high ranking of world No. 4. Bencic has won five singles titles, including a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and two doubles titles in the WTA Tour. Her all-court game and excellent footwork make her a tough opponent on any surface.
Kaia Kanepi is a professional tennis player from Estonia who has achieved a lot of success in her career. She already reached her highest ranking of world No. 15 in 2012 and has won four singles titles on the WTA Tour. In 2006, she became the first Estonian player to reach a final but unfortunately lost to Kim Clijsters.
However, in 2010, she won her first singles title in Palermo and became the first Estonian player to achieve this feat. She has also reached six quarterfinals in different Grand Slams, including the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, which is a significant achievement for an Estonian player. Kanepi’s accomplishments have made her the most famous and successful tennis player in Estonian history. She was born in Haapsalu, Estonia.