Top Women Tennis Stars Looking for Their First Grand Slam Title
Tennis has produced its share of sporting legends. But legends inevitably retire, and new faces emerge as the next wave of superstars. Players can only be considered stars once they win a Grand Slam title.
The following list highlights five young talents looking to cement themselves as stars to watch and maybe place a bet online. Their impressive resumes thus far provide encouraging signs for these budding superstars.
A former number-one-ranked player, Pliskova has yet to stake her claim on a Grand Slam title. Her two Grand Slam finals appearances featured a loss to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 US Open and a sour defeat at the hands of Ashleigh Barty at Wimbledon in 2021. Pliskova lost both final matches in three sets, suggesting she has what it takes to go the distance.
Pliskova boasts two WTA 1000 crowns (Cincinnati in 2016 and Rome in 2019) and nine WTA 500s on her resume. Pliskova’s signature move, the ace, has positioned her as the WTA’s ace champion for eight years in a row. So, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before she finally gets that coveted Grand Slam title.
Madison Keys is an up-and-coming American star searching for her first Grand Slam title. While still unable to crack the top five ranking positions, she’s been able to put herself in the top ten. Keys is on track to get her first Grand Slam after reaching the 2017 US Open finals.
She also made it as far as the semi-finals on four other occasions. Her last semi-final appearance was at the 2022 Australian Open, falling to Ashleigh Barty.
Keys also boasts a WTA 1000 title, winning in Cincinnati in 2019. Given her resume, Keys is poised to capture her first Grand Slam title sooner rather than later.
This 24-year-old Belarusian has yet to reach the finals at a Grand Slam. But her recent performances have had plenty of encouraging signs. Sabalenka has taken her last five Grand Slam contests to 6-4 in the third set.
Additionally, she’s claimed four WTA 1000s and spent six weeks ranked second. Sabalenka is one of three players to defeat the numbers one, two, and three players at the same event.
This “miracle” achievement has silenced Sabalenka’s critics. The last player to achieve this feat was Venus Williams at the WTA Finals in 2008.
This promising Tunisian is on the verge of claiming her first Grand Slam victory. Jabeur has reached the finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2022. Falling shy of two Grand Slam titles bodes well for the 28-year-old as she looks to get over the hump.
The reward for her success has been ranking as high as number two in the world. She has also captured a WTA 1000 title. While injuries have slowed her down in the past, there is plenty of upside for this rising tennis star.
Young French rising star Caroline Garcia is looking to capture her first Grand Slam title. Her best finish was reaching the semi-final at the 2022 US Open. However, despite failing to reach a Grand Slam final, capturing her first Grand Slam Title seems firmly on the horizon.
Garcia has won three WTA 1000s, her most significant victory coming at the 2022 WTA Finals, where she defeated fellow rising star Aryna Sabalenka in an entertaining match. Her career-high placement at number four suggests the top spot could be within reach.
Bencic gets an honorable mention thanks to her career exploits. The 25-year-old Swiss player has accrued an impressive resume in her short career. She reached the 2019 US Open semis and has two WTA 1000 victories to her credit.
However, her most notable achievement was winning the gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Her Olympic gold and three other WTA titles paint an encouraging picture for Bencic to claim her first Grand Slam crown.
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