Tell us how you think the 2020 year-end WTA Top 10 will look like!

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It’s hard to believe that my friend John Bolan is wrapping up a decade of making Top 10 year-end ranking predictions for the upcoming season. As always, he’s asking you to join him by posting your prediction for the 2020 year-end Top 10 in the comments below this post, no later than January 1st, 2020. But first, let’s give the word to John and hear the reasoning behind his predictions.

Elina Svitolina
John is not giving up on placing Elina Svitolina at No.1. It’s his third straight year of predicting the Ukrainian’s rise to the top.

This year, I hope to beat my nine-year losing streak and finally win my own contest. I was close several times, but readers of Women’s Tennis Blog are better pickers than I am. More research and more time to choose the order may help me this year.

Injuries, coaching decisions and relationship changes seem to be as important as former rankings and head-to-head outcomes. Age is an important indicator of success, as the season is long and difficult. So many players learn to play through pain from chronic injuries, but their game suffers. None of my picks are over 30 years of age. Half are under 24.

I’m not giving up on Elina Svitolina as my number one pick for the third consecutive year. The Ukrainian has been ranked as high as No. 3. She seems more mature now, both on and off the court. She has patience and confidence in her game. At 25, she is the median age of the Top 10.

My Top 10 predictions for 2020

  1. Elina Svitolina
  2. Karolina Pliskova
  3. Aryna Sabalenka
  4. Ashleigh Barty
  5. Petra Kvitova
  6. Naomi Osaka
  7. Simona Halep
  8. Sofia Kenin
  9. Bianca Andreescu
  10. Johanna Konta

Karolina Pliskova

It was a very difficult decision not to put Karolina Pliskova at No.1. The former top-ranked player and the tallest woman in the Top 10 has so much going for her in 2020. I think she has the best team behind her. Her newest addition is the former men’s coach Daniel Vallverdu, who will fit in nicely with the best young coach in tennis, Olga Savchuk, fitness guru Azuz Simcich and Karolina’s husband Michal Hrdlicka as manager. Karolina already won her first tournament with Olga coaching during 2019, the Zhengzhou Open.

Aryna Sabalenka

Tall, powerful Aryna Sabalenka has been my favorite from the first time I saw her play. There is no woman as powerful and physical as she is. She is such a nice person and at just 21 seems to be maturing into an even better player with a huge desire to win.

Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty is a sole example of a player who had quit tennis, learned another pro sport, then came back to the WTA tour and rose to No.1. A real Australian and a former cricketer, Ash will always be special.

Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova is the oldest player in my Top 10. She is also tall and powerful and hits left-handed. She has been tested in life, has shown impressive ability to recover and consistently plays at the top of her game.

Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka has risen to the top of the tennis world. The 22-year-old has the second most endorsements of all female players, but is still coached by her father. She seems shy, despite her being outspoken. Her worldwide fame is enhanced by her multicultural heritage (Haitian, Japanese and American).

Simona Halep

Simona Halep finished 4th in 2019, despite her back issues. She has a great coach, Darren Cahill, and is the best defender in tennis. I’m not making the same mistake I made in 2019 by failing to include her in my Top 10.

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin had a breakout year in 2019, winning her first WTA titles, three in singles and two in doubles. The 21-year-old Sonya is still coached by her father and seems to be well-rounded with great hand-eye coordination. I predict her to be the top-ranked American in 2020.

Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu is the best teenager in tennis. Bibi has a great forehand, good variety of shots and very powerful strokes. I’m proud to have seen her breakout tournament in Auckland this year on my first trip to that venue. The reason the Canadian is only ranked 9th is because of her injuries and lack of play.

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta did not play after the US Open in 2019 but still finished 12th in the year-end rankings. Once again, I only rank her 10th because of her knee injury and the persistent pain it causes her. Similar to Osaka, Johanna is from three countries – the United Kingdom, Australia and Hungary.

Now it is your turn! Choose your Top 10 players for 2020 and use the comments section to share your picks with us. You must enter before January 1, 2020. Good luck!

27 COMMENTS

  1. i totally see kerber back in the top 10 and also ostapenko! as a new addition i choose muchova. maybe kvitova and andreescu will leave the top 10 in 2020.

  2. Andrea, give us your actual Top 10 to enter the game, rank the 10 players, just like John did in the article.

  3. My prediction :

    1-Barty

    2-Svitolina

    3-Karolina Pliskova

    4-Osaka

    5-Sabalenka

    6-Halep

    7-Bencic

    8-Kenin

    9-Kvitova

    10-Bertens

  4. 1. Serena Williams
    2. Maria Sharapova
    3. Petra Kvitova
    4. Ashleigh Barty
    5. Karolina Pliskova
    6. Belinda Bencic
    7. Elise Merten
    8. Simona Halep
    9. Elina Svitolina
    10. Sofia Kenin

  5. 1. Simona Halep
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Elina Svitolina
    4. Aryna Sabalenka
    5. Naomi Osaka
    6. Petra Kvitova
    7. Serena Williams
    8. Bianca Andreescu
    9. Belinda Bencic

  6. Ashley Barty
    Belinda bencic
    Naomi Osaka
    Serena Williams
    petra kvitova
    Bianca a Andreescu
    Maria sharapova
    Simona Halep
    Aryna sabalenka
    Elina svitolina

  7. 1. Belinda Bencic
    2. Kiki Bertens
    3. Elina Svitolina
    4. Karolina Muchova
    5. Elise Mertens
    6. Amanda Anisimova
    7. Naomi Osaka
    8. Simona Halep
    9. Ash Barty
    10. Karolina Pliskova

  8. 1.Ashleigh Barty
    2. Carolina Pliskova
    3. Naomi Osaka
    4. Elina Svitolina
    5. Bianca Andreescu
    6. Serena Williams
    7. Belinda Bencic
    8. Johanna Konta
    9. Simona Halep
    10. Aryna Sabalenka

  9. 1. Karolina Pliskova
    2. Simona Halep
    3. Naomi Osaka
    4. Belinda Bencic
    5. Angelique Kerber
    6. Petra Kvitova
    7. Elina Svitolina
    8. Dayana Yestremska
    9. Asleigh Barty
    10. Bianca Andreescu

  10. 1. Naomi Osaka
    2. Karolina Pliskova
    3. Elina Svitolina
    4. Bianca Andreescu
    5. Ashleigh Barty
    6. Dayana Yastremska
    7. Belinda Bencic
    8. Aryna Sabalenka
    9. Sofia Kenin
    10. Simona Halep

  11. 1. Elina Svitolina
    2. Bianca Andreescu
    3. Ashleigh Barty
    4. Simona Halep
    5. Belinda Bencic
    6. Naomi Osaka
    7. Karolina Pliskova
    8. Sofia Kenin
    9. Aryna Sabalenka
    10. Amanda Anisimova

  12. 1. Elina Svitolina
    2. Sofia Kenin
    3. Naomi Osaka
    4. Ash Barty
    5. Simona Halep
    6. Karolina Pliskova
    7. Karolina Muchova
    8. Bianca Andreescu
    9. Serena Williams
    10. Garbiñe Muguruza

  13. 1. Barty
    2. Ka. Pliskova
    3. Halep
    4. Osaka
    5. Andreescu
    6. Svitolina
    7. Sabalenka
    8. Vondrousova
    9. Bencic
    10. S. Williams

  14. Never done a ranking prediction before. This feels like a total guess given the pattern on different Slam winners.

    1. Halep
    2. Sabalenka
    3. Kvitova
    4. Andreescu
    5. Barty
    6. Muguruza
    7. Bencic
    8. Osaka
    9. Kenin
    10. Muchova

    Barty – big question mark as to how the Fed Cup affected her. To start off the year in Australia after that loss is brutal. It’s one of the storylines I’m most interested in at the start of 2020.

    Muguruza – high hopes for her reunion with Conchita.

  15. This is a very tough decision but here’s my Top 10:
    1. Pliskova
    2. Halep
    3. Barty
    4. Sabalenka
    5. Osaka
    6. Svitolina
    7. Kvitova
    8. Kerber
    9. Ostapenko
    10. S. Williams

  16. My prediction :

    1. Halep
    2. Serena
    3. Barty
    4. Svitolina
    5. Osaka
    6. Sabalenka
    7. Andreescu
    8. Ostapenko
    9. Pliskova
    10. Kenin

    + Maria Sharapova in top 20 (if she stays injury free)

  17. 1. Elena Svitolina (UKR) LPGA: 1. JinYoung Ko (KOR)
    2. Aryna Sabalenka (BEL) 2. Nelly Korda (USA)
    3. Simona Halep (ROM) 3. Danielle Kang (USA)
    4. Biance Andreescu (CAN) 4. Sei Young Kim (KOR)
    5. Belinda Bencic (SWI) 5. Brooke Henderson (CAN)
    6. Serena Williams (USA) 6. Sung Hyun Park (KOR)
    7. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 7. Ariya Jutanagarn (THA)
    8. Naomi Osaka JAP) 8. Nasa Hataoka (JAP)
    9. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 9.Jeong Eun Lee6 (KOR)
    10. Karolina Muchova (CZE) 10. Jessica Korda (USA)

    2020 Olympics Tokyo:
    Gold: Bianca Anreescu Gold: Nasa Hataoke
    Silver: Naomi Osaka Sil;ver: Nelly Korda
    Bronze: Simona Halep Bronze: Jin Young Ko

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