2019 WTA Predictions: Who will end the year in the Top 10?

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In this article, I will be revealing my predictions of the year-end Top 10 on the WTA Tour in 2019. Essentially I am predicting the eight players to qualify for the WTA Finals next year, as well as the two alternates should one of the top eight not be able to participate. I also made predictions for who would win the Grand Slams this year. It is almost time for me to reveal my Top 10 predictions but first I must do some honourable mentions…

Honourable Mentions 

  • Karolina Plisková (CZE) [2018 Rank: No.8, Grand Slams: 0, WTA Titles: 11]
  • Maria Sharapova (RUS) [2018 Rank: No.29, Grand Slams: 5, WTA Titles: 36]
  • Daria Kasatkina (RUS)  [2018 Rank: No.10, Grand Slams: 0, WTA Titles: 2]
  • Ashleigh Barty (AUS) [2018 Rank: No.15, Grand Slams: 0, WTA Titles: 3]
  • Kiki Bertens (NLD) [2018 Rank: No.9, Grand Slams: 0, WTA Titles: 7]

I expect these players to all have relatively successful seasons and end the year in Top 20 but believe that they will all just miss out on the Top 10 in 2019.

Now it is finally time for me to reveal my Top 10 predictions! I shall reveal them in reverse order…

Top 10 Predictions

  10. Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.18 [Career High: No.1]
  • Grand Slams: 2 [French Open x1, Wimbledon x1]
  • WTA Titles: 6 [Last title in April 2018 at Monterrey Open]

  9. Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.7 [Career High: No.2]
  • Grand Slams: 2 [Wimbledon x2]
  • WTA Titles: 25 [Last title in June 2018 at Birmingham Classic]

  8. Caroline Wozniacki (Demark)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.3 [Career High: No.1]
  • Grand Slams: 1 [Australian Open x1]
  • WTA Titles: 30 [Last title in October 2018 at China Open]

  7. Sloane Stephens (United States)  

 

  • 2018 Rank: No.6 [Career High: No.3]
  • Grand Slams: 1 [US Open x1]
  • WTA Titles: 6 [Last title in March 2018 at Miami Open]

  6. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.4 [Career High: No.3]
  • Grand Slams: 0 [Best Result QF x3]
  • WTA Titles: 13 [Last title in October 2018 at WTA Finals]

  5. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.13 [Career High: No.11]
  • Grand Slams: 0 [Best result 4R x1]
  • WTA Titles: 2 [Last title in September 2018 at Wuhan Open]

  4. Angelique Kerber (Germany)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.2 [Career High: No.1]
  • Grand Slams: 3 [Australian Open x1, Wimbledon x1, US Open x1]
  • WTA Titles: 12 [Last title in July 2018 at Wimbledon]

  3. Naomi Osaka (Japan)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.5 [Career High: No.4]
  • Grand Slams: 1 [US Open x1]
  • WTA Titles: 2 [Last title in September 2018 at US Open]

  2. Serena Williams (United States)  

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  • 2018 Rank: No.16 [Career High: No.1]
  • Grand Slams: 23 [Australian Open x7, French Open x3, Wimbledon x7, US Open x6]
  • WTA Titles: 72 [Last title in January 2017 at Australian Open]

  1. Simona Halep (Romania)  

 

  • 2018 Rank: No.1 [Career High: No.1]
  • Grand Slams: 1 [French Open x1]
  • WTA Titles: 18 [Last title in August 2018 at Canadian Open]

To summarise, my predictions for the WTA’s Top 10 at the end of 2019 are as follows…

  1. Simona Halep (Romania)
  2. Serena Williams (United States)
  3. Naomi Osaka (Japan)
  4. Angelique Kerber (Germany)
  5. Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)
  6. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
  7. Sloane Stephens (United States)
  8. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
  9. Petra Kvitová (Czech Republic)
  10. Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)

After seeing how many talented women there are from this article, I hope you are as excited for the 2019 tennis season as I am! Let me know your thoughts on my predictions and feel free to put your own predictions in the comments section!

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