Women’s professional tennis has grown significantly over the years. There are several women who have made an impact in the sport. Here is a list of the top 10 women professional tennis players in the world 2014.
10. Venus Williams
This American player turned pro in 1994. She has been ranked World No. 1 thrice. Venus Williams earned her initial World No. 1 title in 2002. This was a significant achievement because she was the first African American woman to hold the title. Venus has played an important role in revolutionizing tennis over the years. She is considered one of the greatest players in women’s tennis. Venus has won over 40 career singles titles.
9. Caroline Wozniacki
This Danish player turned pro in 2005. Caroline Wozniacki has attained the World No. 1 position and she managed to hold it for about 67 weeks. She has won more than 20 WTA singles titles since her 2005 debut. Wozniacki was the runner-up during the 2009 US OPEN and 2010 WTA Tour Championships. Her playing style is very defensive. She is able to anticipate her opponent’s moves and her footwork is impressive. She is renowned for her two-handed backhand.
8. Maria Sharapova
She is a Russian player who turned pro in 2001. Maria Sharapova is the leading tennis player in her home country. Sharapova has won more than 30 WTA singles titles since she turned pro. She won the 2004 WTA Tour Championships. Sharapova has been ranked World No. 1 five times. In 20014, a 17-year-old Sharapova defeated Serena Williams in the Wimbledon Final to win her initial Grand Slam singles title. She has featured in various modeling assignments and advertisements. In June 2011, Time Magazine named her one of the legends in women’s tennis. She is one of the most aggressive baseliners. Her backhand and forehand are both powerful and deep.
7. Jelena Jankovic
This Serbian player turned pro on February 6, 2000. Jelena Jankovic was ranked World No. 1 after the 2008 US Open. She also won the 2007 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title, 2010 BNP Paribas Open, and the Internazionali BNL d’Italian in both 2007 and 2008. She is a UNICEF National Ambassador for her country. Jelena is a great counterpuncher.
6. Petra Kvitova
This Czech player is renowned for great left-handed shots. Kvitova also includes a lot of variety in her playing style. She has 11 career single titles and was ranked Word No. 2 in 2011. She won both the 2011 WTA Tour Championships and the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. Kvitova also got to the semi finals in the 2012 French Open and the 2012 Australian Open. Her left-handed serves are quite fast and during the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, she managed 36 aces, a significant achievement among female players.
5. Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka is a Belarusian player who turned pro in 2003. She has held the Word No. 1 spot and is currently ranked at fifth position. Azarenka’s Grand Slam single title was the first for her country. She participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics where she won a bronze medal. Her baseline style is aggressive and she exploits her mobility fully.
4. Simona Halep
She is from Romania and is currently ranked as the best tennis player in her home country. Halep joined the top 50 women tennis players in the world at the close of 2012. She won six WTA titles in 2013 and she was feted for her significant improvement. Halep is one of the most aggressive counterpunchers on the court.
3. Agnieszka Radwanska
She is polish and her highest achievement was in July 2012 when she was ranked number 2 by the Women’s Tennis Association. Radwanska is popular for her ability to construct points and use the court intelligently. She has 13 singles titles to date. Radwanska reached the singles final during the 2012 Wimbledon Championship. This is a first for Polish tennis players. She has also been voted the most popular according to the WTA between 2011 and 2013. Her playing style is varied and she is quite mobile while on the court.
2. Li Na
Li Na is a Chinese national and she is currently ranked second by the Women’s Tennis Association. She has 9 WTA singles titles to her name. Li won the 2011 French Open to become the first champion from an Asian nation. Her rivalry with Maria Sharapova has been a common subject of discussion since it started in 2005. Her groundstrokes are powerful and she is very athletic. Li is very accurate and her crosscourt forehand is her best shot.
1. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is ranked number one by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). She is considered one of the greatest tennis players to date. Serena is currently the reigning WTA Tour Championships, US Open, and French Open champion. She holds the largest number of Major doubles, mixed doubles, and singles titles in both male and female tennis. Serena has 32 major titles. Her forehand is one of the strongest in female tennis. It has been over 18 years since she turned pro and she continues to impress at every tournament.