It’s that time of the year again, time for some predictions as we get ready to usher in the new tennis season in just a few weeks. Here’s what you can expect from the ladies of the WTA in 2018.
Just as was the case in 2017, it will be a tight race for the year end no. 1 ranking. Simona Halep won the race this year, but I think Garbine Muguruza will finish at the top in 2018 and could be there a while as the new leading lady of the WTA.
She came so close in 2017, but I think 2018 is the year that Simona Halep finally wins her first Major. She’s checked getting to no. 1 off her list, now it’s time to get that elusive Slam. And it could happen as early as the Australian Open in January.
Of course it will be because she’s Serena Williams. The much-anticipated return of the GOAT will have been worth the wait because she’ll pick up her first Grand Slam title as a Mom and her 24th overall.
It’s been a tough road back for Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova to say the least. Sharapova is back in the Top 100 which should make things interesting in 2018 while Azarenka is hoping to play in January. If we’ve come to know these two at all, we’ve learned to never bet against them and I have a feeling they’re going to come out swinging in the New Year.
It has become a yearly WTA tradition. A player you don’t know much about breaks through at a big event and suddenly changes the landscape of women’s tennis. This year it was Jelena Ostapenko who wasn’t really on anyone’s radar as a potential French Open winner and yet, she is now a Grand Slam champion. Expect for this trend to continue in 2018.
Here’s what Bianca Andreescu, Carson Branstine, and Rebecca Marino predict will happen on the WTA side: