The current era of Women’s tennis is dominated by Serena Williams but even her career must come to an end. The 33 year old star from the United States of America has now won a monumental 21 grand slam titles with her recent victory over Garbine Muguruza, a rising star from Spain, in the Wimbledon 2015 finals. The end of her dominating era will give young players, who have already made a significant impact on other senior players, the chance to take down Serena Williams. These players have already risen close to the top of the world rankings, and many pose a threat to higher seeds. Here’s a look at some of the players who are capable of dominating the new era of women’s tennis:
Belinda Bencic: The teenager from Switzerland is ranked 21 in the WTA. She was long compared to Martina Hingis when she became one of the youngest, women to reach US Open quarterfinals. Being dubbed “the new Martina Hingis” is a tag that Swiss teenager could do without, but she is happy to accept mentoring advice from her compatriot as well as coaching from her mother, Melanie Molitor. This 18 year old star has defeated many of the top seeds to gain the recognition she now has. Her first WTA final win came against Agnieszka Radwanska just before Wimbledon 2015. The Swiss beat her in 3 sets, including a bagel in the last set, to claim her first title. Bencic also claimed victories over Caroline Wozniacki, Madison Keys and Eugenie Bouchard during the month, and climbed 12 spots from early June to a career-high perch at No. 21 in the rankings today.
Elina Svitolina: The 17th ranked WTA player from Ukraine, Elina Svitolina who is 20 years old has shown some excellent performances in her journey so far. Starting early, she won Roland Garros Junior Girls championship in the year 2010. She turned pro in the year 2010 and had handled tough competition ever since. She also defeated few of the top players, getting early in the game. In 2012, she stood to be the first teenager to have won a WTA title and that leading to a jump in 32 spots in the wta ranking, landing her at No.49. She came into limelight in the year 2014 when she defeated crowned Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova. In 2015, she had reached the quarter finals of The French Open. This rising star has already won 4 WTA titles and has a high chance of bagging many more in the coming years.
Madison Keys: Arguably one of the best young players of the lot, the 20 year old American has already had her say against big opponents, reaching her first semifinals at Australian Open 2015. Keys hit the headlines after she beat 2014 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets at the Australian Opoen in the third round. Her coach is the former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport. The American has won one WTA title beating Angelique Kerber in AEGON in 2015 and promises to win many more. The hard-hitting rising star will be a growing menace to her fellow tennis stars.
Eugenie Bouchard: The Canadian 21 year old sensation enjoyed a fantastic 2013, rising from 144 in the world to a 2014 year-end ranking of 32. To cap a breakthrough season, she also picked up the WTA award for Newcomer of the Year and in 2014, her rapid ascent to the summit of women’s tennis showed no signs of slowing down. Bouchard reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, becoming the first Canadian to do so in a Grand Slam since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992 only dropping a single set in the process. She had also reached the finals of Wimbledon in 2014. But, she wasn’t able to cope up with the fame and the pressure of being the world No. 7 she dropped to 26th in the WTA rankings. Her breakthrough was real and Bouchard’s run of good form lasted nearly two years. And then, it came to a full stop. After some disappointing performances in French Open and Wimbledon critics have tagged her successful year as a fluke. While it may be too soon to write off a tennis player of Bouchard’s standard after one bad year, her recent form has been very poor. The good news is that the Canadian beauty has a lot of time to make an impact on women’s tennis.
Garbine Muguruza: Currently ranked 9th in the singles ranking, this rising star from Spain, born in Venezuela, is already proving her mettle against top quality players. At Wimbledon this year, she fought through a tough draw beating Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska on her way to the final where she succumbed to Serena Williams. Muguruza was deservedly honored with a standing ovation during the closing ceremony. Muguruza had announced her arrival more than a year before when she reached her maiden grand slam quarterfinals in the French Open in 2014. She has also been consistent in doubles, winning four doubles titles to date. She won her first WTA singles title at the Hobart International. 2014 was a phenomenal boost for her career in terms of confidence and experience gained as she reached the quarterfinal of French Open and 4th round of Australian Open. She also beat Serena Williams at the French Open in 2014: she has the skills to beat anyone when she is at her best. Known for her flawless backhand winners, she is sure to set the courts on fire as time progresses.