We are already two Grand Slams into this year’s tennis season, which means that, slowly but surely, fans and pundits alike are starting to have an idea as to which WTA Tour players will finish high in the rankings. Of course, the usual standouts such as Serena William, Maria Sharapova, and Caroline Wozniacki are missing from the list due to their respective reasons.
This indicates that the women’s side of the draw is gradually welcoming new faces, players who were once relative unknowns and are now making a name for themselves – especially in the upcoming Wimbledon Championships.
Due to the Wimbledon Championships is drawing near, let us have a look at some of the fittest, most promising tennis stars that will most likely create an impact in their corresponding draws.
Simona Halep (Romania)
Simona Halep blasted her way into the professional tennis scene in 2010, following a succession of Junior Grand Slam title victories and a top 50 ranking to boot. She was even awarded the WTA Most Improved Player of Year in 2013. The 25-year-old pro has made steady progress since then, and has been constantly making the later rounds – even the finals – of past Grand Slam events.
Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia)
In what could be one of the most shocking French Open finals in recent years, Jelena Ostapenko proved to everyone that she is always in it to win it. However, being only 20-years-old, she sure has still a lot to learn in the sport. In Dan Weston’s article on the French Open for the European-based tennis analysis site Betfair, he even pointed out how Ostapenko – just like any up-and-comer – is prone to a lot of unforced errors. When Wimbledon comes around, focusing more on consistency rather than just hitting winners every time, might result in her continued success, and more importantly progression to being one of the best in the world.
Laura Robson (Great Britain)
Laura Robson is in form right now, thanks to a renowned sports psychologist who is reviving her young, injury-plagued pro career little by little. Aside from her excellent conditioning and the fact that she is the highest ranked British tennis player in the draw, it also helps that Wimbledon is played on her home soil. This means that the crowd, from the earlier rounds up to the latter (if she makes it far) will always have her back and cheer her on.
Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
On the heels of a somewhat surprising jump in the women’s tennis rankings, Elina Svitolina has all the momentum in the world behind her. In 2015, she reached her first Gran Slam quarterfinal at the French Open, and repeated the same result this year. With former world number one and former Grand Slam multi titlist Justine Henin acting as a consultant, it will not be long before Elina Svitolina gets over the hump and plays in the semis.
Caroline Garcia (France)
Caroline Garcia has been one of the more consistent female players on tour this season. She went from being a dependable doubles player to becoming a legitimate singles competitor following her recent quarterfinal finish at the French Open. Despite a loss to number two seed Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia now enjoys a career high ranking of 21st.