WTA Mid Year Power Rankings

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WTA Mid Year Power Rankings

It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the WTA women.

First, the world’s number one player and Australian Open winner Ash Barty, abruptly retires from the sport, then we see Iga Swiatek go on a winning streak unmatched in over 20 years. Iga’s run included a second French Open title. However, that wouldn’t last long as Iga struggles on the grass courts. It would be Elena Rybakina to raise the Wimbledon trophy. The rest of the year promises to be just as interesting. Here are our power rankings.

1. Iga Swiatek
Iga blasted through the field for the first half of the year, culminating in the French Open. Iga’s winning streak was the longest in the WTA this century. She won. Qatar, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, and the French Open in that order. So far this year she’s made over $6,000,000 in prize money. She’ll be looking to add to that tally in the second half of the year.

2. Ons Jabeur
The crafty Tunisian lands at number two with solid results this year. Aside from reaching the 2022 Wimbledon Finals, Jabeur also won in Berlin and Madrid. Her solid play should continue to pay dividends at the US Open. Look for her in the semifinals of the last Grand Slam of the year.

3. Daria Kasatkina
Daria has made it all the way back to the top 10 just as we had predicted at the end of last year. It’s where she belongs. She’s a tough player with every shot in the book. So far this year she’s won at San Jose and reached the French Open semis.

4. Coco Gauff
It’s no surprise that Coco Gauff now finds herself as the number 12 woman in the world. She’s put in the hard work and it’s beginning to pay off. Coco is a fighter and seldom does she lose to players ranked below her. She’s laser-focused and I wouldn’t be surprised if she makes a deep run at the US Open much like she did at the French Open.

5. Elena Rybakina
Rybakina is a player that reminds me of Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova. She’s tall and has got the same smooth strokes and a great serve. Fast courts are where Rybakina will flourish. There’s more success in Rybakina’s future.

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