Join our 2017 Top 10 WTA year-end ranking prediction challenge, win a player autograph!

As we’re heading into the 2017 season, it’s time for us to continue our tradition of year-end Top 10 predictions. Just as in the past six years, my friend John Bolan will share his Top 10 WTA year-end ranking forecast, while you’re invited to tell us your projected Top 10 in the comments below. The best predictor will win a WTA autograph of choice from our collection!

Serena conceded No.1 ranking to Angie in 2016. What do you think, will get back on the pedestal in 2017?

Serena conceded No.1 ranking to Angie in 2016. What do you think, will the American get back on the pedestal in 2017?

Predicting the Top 10 for 2016 was difficult. There were big surprises with Dominika Cibulkova making the Top 5 and Johanna Konta making the Top 10. Also, who would have thought Maria Sharapova would receive a doping ban, Victoria Azarenka would get pregnant and Petra Kvitova would not finish in the Top 10. Now, looking forward, it seems 2017 is going to be a much easier year for predictions.

First, I chose the players who deserved consideration for the 2017 Top 10 and, surprisingly, there were only 13 players in that group. Every player who finished in the Top 10 for 2016 deserved a chance to again finish on top for 2017. Who else? Petra Kvitova, until her injury and burglar attack, was a sure pick since she finished 2016 a very close 11th. Maria Sharapova who will be back in April and has proven once before she can finish in the Top 10 while missing four months of the year. The best young player, Elina Svitolina, ranked 14th in 2016 rounds out my 13 finalists.

dominika-cibulkova-2016-wta-finals

Domi made the end of 2016 super exciting and emotional

Of course, we all have personal favorites. Your heart, not just your brain, joins in the decision. Choosing 10 players from my 13 finalist was very difficult and in the end, my heart helped me choose. My friends, Dominika Cibulkova, Elina Svitolina and Svetlana Kuznetsova deserve to be included. My brain also told me all three played great the last part of the year. I witnessed Elina’s win over Serena at the Olympics, Domi won the WTA Finals, Svetlana won the last big 2016 tournament in Moscow and famously cut off her hair before reaching the semifinals at Singapore.

Here are my Top 10 choices for 2017:

1. Serena Williams
2. Karolina Pliskova
3. Angelique Kerber
4. Agnieszka Radwanska
5. Madison Keys
6. Simona Halep
7. Dominika Cibulkova
8. Svetlana Kuznetsova
9. Maria Sharapova
10. Elina Svitolina

In 2017, the number one spot is no longer just for Serena, as Angelique proved in 2016. Serena’s age and injuries have leveled the playing field. Any of the thirteen players mentioned could finish number one, but I’m going with the veteran who still plays with the most determination, Serena Williams. She has proven to all she is the best player ever.

Angie showed power and confidence in her two Grand Slam title runs in 2016

Angie showed power and confidence in her two Grand Slam title runs in 2016

Of the other players, Karolina Plishkova has the best chance of being number one. She hits harder than Serena and has many more aces than any other player. She beat Serena in the last Grand Slam and now has the experience and poise on center court to be the champion.

There is no expectation on my part you will agree with me on these picks! You get to make your picks in the comment section. The winner will be the fan who is the most accurate predictor compared to the 2017 year-end WTA rankings. That fan will receive an autographed picture of a favorite player. Good luck!

The competition closes on December 31st, 2016. Comments submitted after that day will not be eligible for the prize. 

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41 thoughts on “Join our 2017 Top 10 WTA year-end ranking prediction challenge, win a player autograph!

  1. Emman Damian

    2016 was very tricky and I know 2017 would be a return to some of the best WTA athletes.

    Here’s my Top 10 picks for 2017:

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Agnieszka Radwanska
    3. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Angelique Kerber
    6. Madison Keys
    7. Maria Sharapova
    8. Karolina Pliskova
    9. Caroline Wozniacki
    10. Ana Ivanovic

  2. sru

    My choices
    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Serena Williams
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Agnieszka Radwanska
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    7. Caroline Wozniacki
    8. Eugenie Bouchard ( 🙁 why do i do this every year)
    9. Garbine Muguruza
    10. Belinda Bencic
    This is especially tough year since sharapova azarenka and kvitova don’t play for almost half a year, it’s tough for them to get into top 10 (of course we never know but still) so had to fill it with players I’m not really sure if they’d make it.
    I’d also like to add 4 alternatives wta finals style 😀
    11. Johanna Konta
    12. Sloane Stephens
    13. Sabine Lisicki
    14. Maria Sharapova

  3. Arnaldo Sandoval

    This will be a tricky year, young players having an opportunity to shine

    1. Agnieszka Radwanska
    2. Angelique Kerber
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Elina Svitolina
    7. Gavrilova, Daria
    8. Zhang Shuai
    9. Caroline Wozniacki
    10. Elena Vesnina.

    I am a fan of Aga, so I placed her at the top, she could do it with a little help from her friends and luck on her side, Angelique has a lot of points to defend so if she keeps herself together she may end the year close to the top. Karoline Pliskova has weakness, sure, she can hit aces left-right-center, but in the same way she beats to ranked players, sometime she left her guard down.

    Serena, well 2017 will bring her more challenges, many players now know she is no longer unbeateable, Gavrilova could have a break-trhough year, she plays with pation, and 2017 will be a good year for her. Zhang seems an odd forecast, without any WTA tour title, and her age, she has an opportunity either, she surprise all of us or disapear from the ranking, I hope for a surprise, Caro and Elena will play well, and move up.

    Garbine even after winning the FO struggled most of the year, I am not sure how she will perform in 2017, but if she fails to have a good start of the season, panic will drag her down the ranking.

    While Carla, Timea, and Naomi Osaka will keep us entertained during 2017

  4. Kabo

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Angélique Kerber
    4. Agnieszka Radwanska
    5. Garbine Muguruza
    6. Karolina Pliskova
    7. Caroline Wozniacki
    8. Johanna Konta
    9. Madison Keys
    10. Belinda Bencic

  5. Julien Dupré

    1- S.Williams
    2* Muguruza
    3/ Radwanska
    4′ Kerber
    5+ Halep
    6_ Keys
    7″ Svitolina
    8. Pliskova
    9: Sharapova
    10- Bouchard

    11-12-13-: Azarenka, Konta, Bacsinszky

  6. Roberto

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Muguruza
    3. Pliskova
    4. Kerber
    5. Radwanska
    6. Sharapova
    7. Cibulkova
    8. Konta
    9. Svitolina
    10. Halep

  7. kueyseyra

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Serena Williams
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Agnieszka Radwanska
    6. Johanna Konta
    7. Garbine Muguruza
    8. Madison Keys
    9. Elina Svitolina
    10. Dominika Cibulkova

    P/S: Really wish Ivanovic could join this elite but didn’t see any chance. The best for her is Top 20 perhaps. Her performance at IPTL so bad. Just one win!

  8. Fiona

    2016 was a year full of surprises and I think 2017 will be the same.
    My predictions for 2017:
    1.Serena Williams
    2.Karolina Pliskova
    3.Agniezska Radwanska
    4.Dominika Cibulkova
    5.Angelique Kerber
    6.Simona Halep
    7.Garbine Muguruza
    8.Johanna Konta
    9.Madison Keys
    10.Timea Bacsinszinky

  9. Sam E

    1. Karolina Pliskova
    2. Angie Kerber
    3. Serena Williams
    4. Madison Keys
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Agniezka Radwanska
    7. Elina Svitolina
    8. Johanna Konta
    9. Caroline Wozniacki
    10. Daria Kasatkina

  10. Calin

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Angelique Kerber
    3. Agnieszka Radwanska
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Dominika Cibulkova
    6. Karolina Pliskova
    7. Garbine Muguruza
    8. Madison Keys
    9. Carla Suarez Navarro
    10. Caroline Wozniacki

  11. Ian

    1. Maria Sharapova
    2. Garbine Muguruza
    3. Angelique Kerber
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Agniezka Radwanska
    6. Johanna Konta
    7. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    8. Dominika Cibulkova
    9. Monica Puig
    10. Karolina Pliskova

  12. Justin

    1. S. Williams
    2. Kerber
    3. Halep
    4. Ka. Pliskova
    5. Radwanska
    6. Wozniacki
    7. Keys
    8. Cibulkova
    9. Strycova
    10. Sharapova

    Making some big predictions at the bottom half. Hoping to defend my title this year haha.

  13. P!nky

    Well here we are, Christmas time. First I would like to wish everyone a happy holidays. I hope that Kvitova will be okay after her attack.

    My pick are going to follow the pattern I have done for all of the past ones. Go with players I like and ones that have potential.

    1. Halep
    2. Cibulkova
    3. Williams ( don’t like her, but she is good)
    4. Keys
    5. Kerber
    6. Konta
    7. Vesnina
    8. Puig (Always got to pick a wild card)
    9.Vinci
    10. Zhang

    Honorable Mentions:
    Radwanska
    Wozzy
    The other Williams
    Pilskova
    Kuznetsova
    Of course gotta have JJ 🙂

  14. Marija Post author

    Justin, good like with your title defense! Also, let me know when the autograph reaches you! John sent it about a week ago. 🙂

  15. Thomas Meier

    1. Garbine Muguruza
    2. Agnieszka Radwanska
    3. Serena Williams
    4. Svetlana Kuznetsova (fav)
    5. Angelique Kerber
    6. Venus Williams (last year in top ten maybe)
    7. Dominica Cibulkova
    8. Carla Suarez Navarro
    9. Simona Halep
    10. Elina Svitolina

  16. Andres Franzani

    1.- Simona Halep
    2.-Angelique Kerber
    3.- Serena Williams
    4.- Garbiñe Muguruza
    5.- Agnieszka Radwanska
    6.-Madison Keys
    7.-Johanna Konta
    8.- Elina Svitolina
    9.- Dominika Cibulkova
    10.- Belinda Bencic

  17. Ruta

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Angelique Kerber
    5. Dominika Cibulkova
    6. Agnieszka Radwanska
    7. Johanna Konta
    8. Elina Svitolina
    9. Caroline Wozniacki
    10. Daria Gavrilova

  18. James

    Thanks for running the contest again, always enjoy it! Last year was terrible so i’m hoping for a better showing in 2017 🙂

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Serena Williams
    3. Agnieszka Radwanska
    4. Madison Keys
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Belinda Bencic
    7. Johanna Konta
    8. Karolina Pliskova
    9. Elina Svitolina
    10. Caroline Wozniacki

  19. Stevie

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Serena Williams
    3. Simona Halep
    4. Agnieszka Radwanska
    5. Karolina Pliskova
    6. Maria Sharapova
    7. Dominika Cibulkova
    8. Madison Keys
    9. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    10. Elina Svitolina

  20. Emman Damian

    I really have high hopes for Ana Ivanovic. I hope my predictions will not be affected by her big announcement tomorrow. I hope it’s not pregnancy or retirement rumours.

  21. Nóra

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Serena Wiliams
    3. Simona Halep
    4. Karolina Pliskova
    5. Dominika Cibulkova
    6. Caroline Wozniacki
    7. Agnieszka Radwanska
    8. Madison Keys
    9. Elina Svitolina
    10. Svetlana Kuznetsova

  22. Jim

    Here are my picks for the WTA and LPGA..if I am wrong with the tennis picks but get the golf ladies right can I get a golfer’s autograph? 😉

    1. Serena Williams 1. Ariya Jutanagarn
    2. Simona Halep 2. Lydia Ko
    3. Angelique Kerber 3. In Gee Chun
    4. Karolina Pliskova 4. Shanshan Feng
    5. Garbiñe Muguruza 5. Sei Young Kim
    6. Elina Svitolina 6. So Yeon Ryu
    7. Dominica Cibulkova 7. Lexi Thompson
    8. Carla Suarez Navarro 8. In Bee Park
    9. Johanna Konta 9. Anna Nordquist
    10. Maria Sharapova 10. Brooke Henderson

  23. Daffa Satria

    1.Serena Williams
    2.Agnieszka Radwanska
    3.Karolina Pliskova
    4.Maria Sharapova
    5 Angelique Kerber
    6.Dominika Cibulkova
    7.Ana Ivanovic
    8.Madison Keys
    9.Simona Halep
    10.Garbine Muguruz

  24. Livia

    1.Serena Williams
    2.Karolina Pliskova
    3. Agnieszka Radwanska
    4. Angelique Kerber
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Madison Keys
    7. Garbine Muguruza
    8. Maria Sharapova
    9. Caroline Wozniacki
    10. Dominika Cibulkova

  25. Irina Botea

    1.Simona Halep
    2.Angelique Kerber
    3.Serena Williams
    4.Karolina Pliskova
    5.Petra Kvitova
    6.Agneszka Radwanska
    7.Madison Keys
    8. Jo Konta
    9. Carla Suarez Navarro
    10. Maria Sharapova

  26. Daryl Neo

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Serena Williams
    3. Garbine Muguruza
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Agneszka Radwanska
    6. Karolina Pliskova
    7. Dominika Cibulkova
    8. Madison Keys
    9. Elina Svitolina
    10. Maria Sharapova

  27. Misha

    1) Agnieszka Radwańska
    2) Angelique Kerber
    3) Serena Williams
    4) Garbiñe Muguruza
    5) Simona Halep
    6) Belinda Bencic
    7) Karolína Plíšková
    8) Caroline Wozniacki
    9) Dominika Cibulková
    10) Maria Sharapova

    Thank you!

  28. Jason

    1. S. Williams
    2. Kerber
    3. Halep
    4. Ka. Pliskova
    5. A. Radwanska
    6. Wozniacki
    7. Keys
    8. Cibulkova
    9. Muguruza
    10. Sharapova

  29. Pablo Alvarez

    My Top 10
    1. S. Williams
    2. M. Sharapova
    3. A. Kerber
    4. K. Pliskova
    5. C. Wozniacki
    6. D. Cibulkova
    7. S. Kuznetsova
    8. A. Radwanska
    9. E. Svitolina
    10. C. Garcia

  30. Helen

    1. Kerber
    2. Halep
    3. Williams (S)
    4. Radwanska
    5. Pliskova
    6. Wozniacki
    7. Cibulkova
    8. Suarez Navarro
    9. Kuznetsova
    10. Sharapova

  31. Brent Frankel

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Angelique Kerber
    4. Madison Keys
    5. Agnieszka Radwańska
    6. Dominika Cibulková
    7. Garbiñe Muguruza
    8. Karolina Pliskova
    9. Johanna Konta
    10. Maria Sharapova

  32. Zlatina

    1.Angelique Kerber
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Agnieszka Radwanska
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    7. Madison Keys
    8. Maria Sharapova
    9. Caroline Garcia
    10. Daria Kasatkina

  33. Sim Fidel

    1. Simona Halep
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Angie Kerber
    4. Aga Radwanska
    5. Serena Williams
    6. Madison Keys
    7. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    8. Caroline Wozniacki
    9. Kiki Mladenovic
    10. Belinda Bencic

  34. Michaela

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Serena Williams
    4. Agnieszka Radwanska
    5. Karolina Pliskova
    6. Caroline Wozniacki
    7. Dominika Cibulkova
    8. Svetlana Kuznetsova
    9. Johanna Konta
    10. Madison Keys

    Thank you for another year filled with very enjoyable articles and great pictures for us WTA tennis fans.
    New season is here 🙂
    Hopefully I will be able to see some of the matches from Portugal….

  35. Cristi

    1. Kerber
    2. Radwanska
    3. Williams S.
    4. Halep
    5. Keys
    6. Pliskova
    7. Cibulkova
    8. Muguruza
    9. Kuznetova
    10. Svitolina

  36. Joe

    1. Angelique Kerber
    2. Agnieszka Radwanska
    3. Simona Halep
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Madison Keys
    6. Karolina Pliskova
    7. Maria Sharapova
    8. Elina Svitolina
    9. Belinda Bencic
    10. Garbine Muguruza

    Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Still two hours until the New Year here. Good luck to all!

  37. Joe

    Just noticed the date/time stamp on my post. Well, it’s 9:27 PM here in Cleveland, OH, USA and we’re still in 2016. Not that my picks have any chance of being remotely close to the year-end top 10 but, hopefully, I can sneak into the competition before the ball drops. Thanks, Joe

  38. KWu

    1. S. Williams
    2. Radwanska
    3. Pliskova
    4. Halep
    5. Kerber
    6. Svitolina
    7. Wozniacki
    8. Kuznetsova
    9. Konta
    10. Gavrilova
    Notable Exclusions:
    Muguruza
    Cibulkova
    Sharapova
    Suarez Navarro
    V Williams

    Honorable Mentions
    Garcia
    Strycova
    Bouchard
    Giorgi
    Konjuh

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