Top 5 WTA Players You Should Bet On in 2019
Date Posted: December 18, 2018
All year long, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players have been playing their heart out on the court, representing their country, and earning titles.
Some players that have made significant achievements are Dutch player Demi Schuurs and Belgian player Elise Mertens who both won seven titles this year, topping the list of most titles won for 2018. The athletes Olga Danilović, Aleksandra Krunić, and Tatjana Maria all won their first main circuit titles this year as well.
The 2018 WTA Tour was intense as controversies, unexpected wins, and title clinches all composed the year. But the players are the ones who should be the focus of the story. Based on their year-end points, we listed down the top five WTA players you should look out for in next year’s matches as these hard-hitting players may make the best out of your future bets.
5| Naomi Osaka – 5,115pts.
Half-Japanese and Half-Haitian Naomi Osaka is at fifth place at the Singles Year-End Rankings with 20 tournaments this year. She got her first WTA title at the 2018 Indian Wells in which she defeated fellow up-and-coming player Daria Kasatkina.
— WTA (@WTA) November 25, 2018
The 21-year-old also beat 23-time major champion Serena Williams at the US Open and became a Grand Slam champion for the first time. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title. The US Open tweeted about Osaka’s achievements:
“The Pride of ??! @Naomi_Osaka_ defeats Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title!”
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018
After the surprising turnout at the US Open, Osaka entered the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo and the Premier Mandatory China Open where she was in deep during both tournaments. With this, she ranked as world No. 4 – her career best. At the WTA finals, Osaka was grouped with Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens, and Kiki Bertens.
4| Elina Svitolina – 5,350pts.
Ukrainian player Elina Svitolina ranks fourth with 19 tournaments this year. She earned her 11th career title at the 2018 Dubai Tennis Championship where she won against Daria Kasatkina. She also claimed her second Italian Open title against No.1 seed Simona Halep in two sets.
Svitolina entered the WTA Finals as the sixth seed being grouped with Karolína Plíšková, Caroline Wozniacki, and Petra Kvitová. She won all her round-robin matches, and then she defeated Kiki Bertens for a spot in the finals.
She eventually beat Sloane Stephens at the finals, earning her the biggest title of her career. The WTA tweeted about Svitolina’s victory:
“.@ElinaSvitolina captures the @WTAFinalsSG! Becomes Singapore’s final champion with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Stephens! #WTAFinals”
.@ElinaSvitolina captures the @WTAFinalsSG!
— WTA (@WTA) October 28, 2018
3| Caroline Wozniacki– 5,586pts.
Danish player Caroline Wozniacki ranks third with 19 tournaments this year. She started the year as the top seed when her season began at the Auckland Open.
Entering the Australian Open, Wozniacki was seeded second – her highest since 2012. As she played in the finals, Wozniacki defeated current world No.1 Simona Halep. Last January, Wozniacki found herself back at being world No. 1 after she got her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The Australian Open tweeted about her Grand Slam victory. The post read:
“WHAT. A. MATCH. @CaroWozniacki wins her maiden Grand Slam with victory against Simona #Halep in the #AusOpen Women’s Final!”
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2018
Wozniacki won her 29th title and 600th career match win when she played at the 2018 Eastbourne International last June by beating Aryna Sabalenka at the finals. Wozniacki entered the WTA Finals as the second seed and defending champion, but she was soon defeated in three sets by Elina Svitolina which ended her title defense.
2| Angelique Kerber– 5,875pts.
German player, former world No. 1, and three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber ranks second with 19 tournaments this year. Kerber won the Hopman Cup last January which earned her first title since winning the US Open back in 2016.
She also reached the finals at the Australian Open defeating Anna-Lena Friedsam, Donna Vekic, former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova, Hsieh Su-Wei, and world No. 1 Simona Halep. Her performance boosted her back into the top 10 wherein she ranked ninth place.
At Wimbledon, Kerber was the No. 11 seed. She defeated 2017 French Open Champion Jelena Ostapenko and Indian Wells Finalist Daria Kasatkina on her way to the finals. She then faced Serena Williams and claimed her victory as she became No. 4.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2018
1| Simona Halep – 6,921pts.
Romanian player and world No. 1 Simona Halep ranks first with 17 tournaments this year. She started off her season strong by winning both the singles and doubles matches at the Shenzhen Open. Halep was partnered with Irina-Camelia Begu when she earned her first WTA doubles title.
Halep also won her first Grand Slam title this year at the French Open. She went through Taylor Townsend, Elise Mertens, Angelique Kerber, and Garbiñe Muguruza. At the finals, she faced Sloane Stephens in which she lost the first set but got back on her feet and won the last two sets.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2018
In August, Halep won her first Premier title of the year at the Canadian Open by defeating Venus Williams, Caroline Garcia, Ashleigh Barty, and Sloane Stephens.
However, Halep performed poorly by the end of the season as she withdrew from the Connecticut Open, lost in the first round at the US Open, and was forced to retire in Beijing. Nevertheless, she accrued enough points this season to take her position as Year-End No. 1.
Other WTA players you should consider placing bets on next year are America’s Sloane Stephens, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitová and Karolína Plíšková, Netherlands’ Kiki Bertens, and Russia’s Daria Kasatkina as they are all included in WTA’s top 10 for 2018.
The 2019 WTA Tour will start on December 29 with the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.