In mere days, the 2016 WTA season will be over. Ten months full of amazing tennis, upsets and surprises, phenomenal shot-making, and so much more. But, we’re already looking forward to next year! Here are just a few reasons why we are excited for the 2017 season to begin.
Will Serena Williams ever be ranked world No. 1 again? We’ll find out in 2017 as the 35-year-old looks to wrest back the top spot, a place where we are so used to seeing her. That said, Angelique Kerber earned her No. 1 standing this year, with two Grand Slams to her name at the Australian Open and US Open, plus runner-up finishes at Wimbledon and the Rio Olympic Games. It’ll be fun to see if she can hold on to the top spot, or if Serena – or someone else – is able to take control.
This season saw two first-time Grand Slam champions in Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza, and a first-time finalist in Karolina Pliskova. It’s always exciting to see new players claim the sport’s biggest titles, and there’s a great chance we could experience that again in 2017. Among the top bets: Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Pliskova, or Madison Keys.
With so many matches taking place in a season, you just never know what can happen. During the WTA Finals this week, Svetlana Kuznetsova turned her seat during a changeover into a hair salon – chopping a significant amount of hair off her ponytail! That’s something you don’t see every day.
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Another unexpected, but thoroughly amazing and heartwarming moment was Monica Puig winning the Rio Olympic Games – beating Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, and Kerber on the way! Not sure anyone predicted that in their draw before the tournament. She became the first Puerto Rican EVER to win a gold medal, and that’s a moment for a lifetime.
There are currently four teenagers ranked in the Top 50 – Russian Daria Kasatkina, Japanese Naomi Osaka, 2015 Rogers Cup champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko. At world No. 26, Kasatkina is currently the highest-ranked of the bunch, though Bencic has been as high as No. 7 before injuries. Remember their names as all four represent a bright future for the sport, and we’ll see if one of them can make even more waves next year.
When it comes right down to it, these athletes are the best in the world and produce amazing tennis day after day. And that’s what we’re most looking forward to – seeing what Serena, Kerber, Halep, and more do on the court. We’re ready for lots more hot shots, like these examples:
All the top stars will be bringing their incredible skills to Aviva Centre in August! The 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank will run August 5-13 and is an important stop for the women each year. Will Halep hold onto her title? We’ll find out!