Win a WTA player autograph: Enter 2018 year-end ranking prediction challenge

For the eighth year in a row, my friend John Bolan will make his Top 10 WTA year-end ranking predictions for 2018, while you’re invited to tells us who you think will be Top 10 players when the upcoming season is finished. Your entry must be submitted in the comment section of this article by December 31, 2017. The best predictor will win a WTA autograph of choice from our collection! Let’s give the word to John! 

I’ll start this article by giving you some hints to think about as you compile your Top 10 list. Think about the rankings of the players for 2017. What top players were injured or out of action for many months during 2017? Do you think any young players are ready for the Top 10? Do you have any personal favorites who just must be included?

Svitolina, John’s pick for WTA No.1 in 2018

Here are my answers, my Top 10 predictions for 2018:

  1. Elina Svitolina
  2. Garbine Muguruza
  3. Karolina Pliskova
  4. Simona Halep
  5. Maria Sharapova
  6. Caroline Garcia
  7. Jelena Ostapenko
  8. Johanna Konta
  9. Madison Keys
  10. Caroline Wozniacki

John predicts Garbi to remain No.2

1. Svitolina was a consistent winner during 2017, with the desire and talent to be No.1.
2. Muguruza will play great and retain her No.2 ranking in 2018.
3. Pliskova has the fastest serve and is very dangerous.
4. Halep will try, but fail to hold her No.1 ranking during 2018.
5. Sharapova is back for the entire season in 2018 and has something to prove.
6. Garcia had a great finish in 2017, which will carry over to 2018.
7. Ostapenko, young and smart, tells it like it is. She has the personality and talent.
8. Konta has all the tools and will again finish in the Top 10.
9. Keys is overall the best American player, healthy and ready for 2018.
10. Wozniacki really stepped up her game in 2017 and will stay in the Top 10.

There are many very talented players I considered, but didn’t choose, including Belinda Bencic, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens, Julia Goerges, Elena Vesnina, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasija Sevastova, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Aryna Sabalenka and the Williams sisters. You may wish to include some of these or other players. Take your best shot.

Now please go to the comment section at the end of this article and make your own picks. Only those who submit by December 31, 2017 will be eligible for the WTA autograph prize. Of course, the winner will be announced in December 2018. Best of luck!

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31 thoughts on “Win a WTA player autograph: Enter 2018 year-end ranking prediction challenge

  1. Mandy MacKenzie

    1. Halep
    2. Muguruza
    3. Pliskova
    4. Sharapova
    5. Svitolina
    6. Kvitova
    7. Wozniaki
    8. Barty
    9. Pavlyuchenkova
    10. Konta

  2. Jim

    1. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Rep.)
    2. Garbine Muguruza (Spain)
    3. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
    4. Evina Svitolina (Ukraine)
    5. Simona Halep (Romania)
    6. Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
    7. Venus Williams (USA)
    8. Maria Sharapova (Russia)
    9. Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
    10. Sloane Stephens (USA)

    I had Serena in the top 10, but at the last minute took her out because something tells me she is retiring this year. And here is my LPGA (golf) top ten for 2018:

    1. Sung Hyun Park (S. Korea)
    2. Lexi Thompson (USA)
    3. So Yeon Ryu (S. Korea)
    4. Shanshan Feng (China)
    5. Ariya Jutanagarn (Thailand)
    6. In Gee Chun (S. Korea)
    7. Christie Kerr (USA)
    8. Sei Young Kim (S. Korea)
    9. Anna Nordqvist (Norway)
    10. Michelle Wie (USA)

  3. Mentari

    1. Garbine Muguruza
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Simona Halep
    4. Elina Svitolina
    5. Serena Williams
    6. Maria Sharapova
    7. Caroline Wozniacki
    8. Jelena Ostapenko
    9. Madison Keys
    10. Coco Vandeweghe

  4. ian

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Maria Sharapova
    3. Garbine Muguruza
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Elina Svitolina
    6. Coco Vandaweghe
    7. Madison Keys
    8. Agnieszka Radwanska
    9. Caroline Garcia
    10. Kristina Mladeovic

  5. James Bigotto

    1. Elina Svitolina
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Garbine Muguruza
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Caroline Wozniacki
    7. Maria Sharapova
    8. Agnieszka Radwanska
    9. Petra Kvitova
    10. Madison Keys

  6. Ruta

    1. Karolina Pliskova
    2. Elina Svitolina
    3. Caroline Wozniacki
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Madison Keys
    6. Garbine Muguruza
    7. Petra Kvitova
    8. Coco Vandeweghe
    9. Daria Kasatkina
    10. Belinda Bencic

  7. emman damian

    This is really a tricky pick for 2018. I’ll take a risk and think out of the box. Here’s my Top 10:

    1. Karolina Pliskova
    2. Elina Svitolina
    3. Simona Halep
    4. Garbine Muguruza
    5. Petra Kvitova
    6. Caroline Garcia
    7. Angelique Kerber
    8. Sloane Stephens
    9. Maria Sharapova
    10. Caroline Wozniacki

  8. Vithun

    WTA is almost impossible to predict right now but here is my attempt!

    1. Caroline Wozniacki
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Elina Svitolina
    5. Serena Williams
    6. Venus Williams
    7. Caroline Garcia
    8. Garbine Muguruza
    9. Coco Vandeweghe
    10. Sloane Stephens

  9. Vithun

    Made some mistakes! PLEASE USE THESE PREDICTIONS AS MY COMPETITION ENTRY!

    1. Caroline Wozniacki
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Elina Svitolina
    6. Garbine Muguruza
    7. Caroline Garcia
    8. Venus Williams
    9. Coco Vandeweghe
    10. Sloane Stephens

  10. Anna

    1. Garbine Muruguza
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Sloane Stephens
    4. Maria sharapova
    5. Caroline Garcia
    6. simona Halep
    7. CIci bellis
    8. Petra Kvitova
    9. Elina Svitolina
    10. Caroline Wozniacki

    I think I’m very wrong!!!

  11. P!nky

    Did horrible last year, but was still fun

    1. Halep
    2. Svitolina
    3. Vandeweghe
    4. Garcia
    5. Sevastova
    6. Keys
    7. Puig
    8. Konjuh
    9. Wozzy
    10. Konta

    Honorable mentions
    Both Williams. I think Venus might retire 🙂
    Ostapenko
    Kuznetsova
    Kerber
    Kvitova
    I think JJ will retire this year 🙁

  12. Roberto Kummelstedt

    1. Muguruza
    2. Svitolina
    3. Serena Williams
    4. Caroline Garcia
    5. Venus Williams
    6. Pliskova
    7. Halep
    8. Ostapenko
    9. mladenovic
    10. Ashleigh Barty

  13. Jess

    1. Pliskova
    2. Muguruza
    3. Wozniacki
    4. Svitolina
    5. Sevastova
    6. S. Williams
    7. Halep
    8. Garcia
    9. Ostapenko
    10. Radwanska

  14. Darren R

    1. Garbiñe Muguruza
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Serena Williams
    5. Caroline Wozniacki
    6. Elina Svitolina
    7. Ash Barty
    8. Madison Keys
    9. Coco Vandeweghe
    10. Maria Sharapova

  15. Michaela

    1. Caroline Wozniacki
    2. Elina Svitolina
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Maria Sharapova
    5. Coco Vandeweghe
    6. Garbiñe Muguruza
    7. Angelique Kerber
    8. Ashley Barty
    9. Johanna Konta
    10. Petra Kvitova

  16. CLT

    1. Pliskova
    2. Muguruza
    3. Svitolina
    4. Sharapova
    5. Halep
    6. Wozniacki
    7. Ostapenko
    8. Kvitova
    9. Kerber
    10. Vandeweghe

  17. Daffa Satria

    1. Karolina Pliskova
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Maria Sharapova
    4. Jelena Ostapenko
    5. Serena Williams
    6. Elina svitolina
    7. Simona halep
    8. Caroline wozniacki
    9. Asleigh Barty
    10. Garbine MUguruza

  18. KJ Hagans

    1. Garbine Muguruza
    2. Elina Svitolina
    3. Serena Williams
    4. Jelena Ostapenko
    5. Karolina Pliakova
    6. Caroline Garcia
    7. Madison Keys
    8. Johanna Konta
    9. Ashleigh Barty
    10. Simona Halep

  19. Francesco

    1 Serena
    2 Pliskova
    3 Muguruza
    4 Halep
    5 Wozniacki
    6 Venus
    7 Radwańska
    8 Svitolina
    9 Kvitova
    10 Mladenovic

  20. Mayank Gupta

    1 Halep
    2 Azarenka
    3 Sharapova
    4 Kerber
    5 S Williams
    6 Ka Pliskova
    7 Muguruza
    8 Bencic
    9 Svitolina
    10 Garcia

  21. Kartik

    1. Petra Kvitova
    2. Garbine Muguruza
    3. Svitolina
    4. Pliskova
    5. Serena Williams
    6. Halep
    7. Sharapova
    8. Wozniacki
    9. Garcia
    10. Keys

  22. Steven Edell

    1 Serena
    2 Pliskova
    3 Muguruza
    4 Halep
    5 Kerber
    6 Svitolina
    7 Ostapenko
    8 Sharapova
    9 Wozniacki
    10 Keys

  23. Vicki

    1. Serena
    2. Muguruza
    3. Pilskova
    4. Halep
    5. Petra
    6. Keys
    7. Wozniaki
    8. Barty
    9. Garcia
    10. Svitolina

  24. Karla

    1. Muguruza
    2. Svitolina
    3. Halep
    4. Konta
    5. Wozniacki
    6. Karolina Pliskova
    7. Ostapenko
    8. Sharapova
    9. Garcia
    10. Goerges

  25. James

    Particularly tricky this year and i’ve already changed my mind from what I posted on my site!

    1. Elina Svitolina
    2. Garbine Muguruza
    3. Simona Halep
    4. Caroline Wozniacki
    5. Karolina Pliskova
    6. Ashleigh Barty
    7. Petra Kvitova
    8. Angelique Kerber
    9. Serena Williams
    10. Maria Sharapova

  26. Francisco

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Maria Sharapova
    3. Caroline Wozniacki
    4. Elina Svitolina
    5. Garbine Muguruza
    6. Petra Kvitova
    7. Simona Halep
    8. Karolina Pliskova
    9. Venus Williams
    10. Angelique Kerber

  27. Daryl

    1. Muguruza
    2. Halep
    3. Svitolina
    4. Ka Pliskova
    5. Wozniacki
    6. Sharapova
    7. Kerber
    8. Konta
    9. Ostapenko
    10. Garcia

  28. João

    1 Maria Sharapova
    2 Garbiñe Muguruza
    3 Serena Williams
    4 Karolina Pliskova
    5 Elina Svitolina
    6 Caroline Wozniacki
    7 Simona Halep
    8 Julia Goerges
    9 Ashleigh Barty
    10 Ekaterina Makarova

  29. Fiona S.

    1.Caroline Wozniacki
    2.Garbine Muguruza
    3.Karolina Pliskova
    4.Elina Sviolina
    5.Carolline Garcia
    6.Simona Halep
    7.Johanna Konta
    8.Madison Keys
    9.Coco Vandeweghe
    10.Serena Williams

    1.Rafael Nadal
    2.Aleander Zverev
    3.Dominic Thiem
    4.Stan Wawrinka
    5.Roger Federer
    6.Grigor Dimitrov
    7.David Goffin
    8.Marin Cilic
    9. Juan Martin Del Potro
    10.Nick Kyrgios

  30. Harj

    1. Muguruza
    2. Serena
    3. Pliskova
    4. Wozniacki
    5. Halep
    6. Sharapova
    7. Kvitova
    8. Konta
    9. Keys
    10. Svitolina

  31. Kevin Wu

    1. Elina Svitolina
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Karolina Pliskova
    4. Serena
    5. Konta
    6. Muguruza
    7. Goerges
    8. Kerber
    9. Kvitova
    10. Sharapova

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