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The Best Performers Of 2018 In Women’s Tennis

Ubitennis analyse the performances of the best players on the WTA Tour.



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2018 featured four different women’s singles champions at the Grand Slam events for the second straight year, three of whom were first-time Major champions. It was a year that saw multi-time former finalists in Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki finally realize Grand Slam glory. It was a year that saw young new stars born, like Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka. And it was a year that saw the return of the GOAT, Serena Williams, who was an inspiration in reaching two Major finals, but ended her year as a part of 2018’s most controversial incident. Here’s a look at the best performers of 2018, listed in order of their year-end ranking.


Simona Halep

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  • 6.921 points
  • 46-11 match record (.807 winning percentage)
  • 3 titles, including her first Major at Roland Garros, the Premier 5 event in Montreal, and Shenzen in the first week of the year.
  • 48 weeks ranked No.1, including the end of the year.

Recap: The year started with more Major heartache for Halep in Melbourne. Despite dramatic victories over Lauren Davis and Angelique Kerber, Simona fell just short in the final to Caroline Wozniacki. But Halep’s perseverance paid off at the next Major, when Simona finally prevailed in her fourth Grand Slam final at Roland Garros. Her summer was highlighted by her defeat of Sloane Stephens in a stellar final to win the Rogers Cup. Halep went out early at both Wimbledon and the US Open, and missed the last few tournaments of 2018 due to a back injury, yet had more than enough points from earlier in the year to secure the year-end No.1 ranking for the second straight year. With little match play to end the year, and the departure of her coach, Darren Cahill, 2019 will present new challenges for the world No.1.

Angelique Kerber

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  • 5,875 points
  • 46-19 match record (.708 winning percentage)
  • 2 titles, including her third Major at Wimbledon, and Sydney at the beginning of the year.
  • Ended the year ranked No.2, 19 spots higher than 2017.

Recap: Kerber quickly put her disappointing 2017 behind her by winning her first 10 matches of the year, landing her in the Australian Open semifinals. Despite losing prolonged affairs to World No.1 Simona Halep at both the Australian and Roland Garros, Kerber won what she described at the biggest title of her career at Wimbledon. She defeated Serena Williams in the final to do so, becoming only the second woman to have two victories over Serena in Major finals. Following her Wimbledon triumph, Kerber went just 7-7 to finish out the year, and parted ways with her coach, Wim Fisette, right before the WTA Finals. Angelique will need to start from scratch in 2019 as far as building some momentum.

Caroline Wozniacki

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  • 5,586 points
  • 41-17 match record (.707 winning percentage)
  • 3 titles, including for her first Major at the Australian Open, Eastbourne, and Beijing.
  • Spent four weeks as the world No.1 following her victory in Melbourne.

Recap: Of course the highlight of Wozniacki’s 2018 took place in January, where she finally proved the naysayers wrong and won a Major title. That alone made this year a successful one for Caroline. She had a bit of letdown in the coming months, and battled injuries throughout the summer. But she ended the year positively by winning the title in Beijing, and qualifying for the WTA Finals for the sixth time.

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Nicolas Jarry Aims To Follow In Family Footsteps After Reaching Bastad Final

Nicolas Jarry looks to join his grandfather in winning an ATP title as he reaches the Bastad final.



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Nicolas Jarry will look to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps tomorrow when he takes on Juan Ignacio Londero in the Bastad final. 


The Chilean was in fine form today as he beat another Chilean in Federico Delbonis in the semi-finals today, 6-3 6-2 in 64 minutes.

It is Jarry’s third ATP final and his second of the season following his final in Geneva, where he wasted two championship points to lose to Alexander Zverev.

Should the 23 year-old be triumphant on Sunday, he will join his grandfather as an ATP titlist after Jaime Fillol Sr. won six tour titles and finished a high of number 14 in the rankings in 1974.

Next up for Jarry is Cordoba champion Juan Ignacio Londero, who cruised past 2016 Swedish Open champion Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets.

The 6-3 6-4 victory included the Argentinian winning 73% of his first service points as he dominated the Spaniard in the 1 hour and 21 minute win.

It will be the second final of the season for Londero, who has enjoyed thriving on the clay in 2019 which has helped him reach a career high ranking of 58 in the world in June.

A good sign for Londero, was that en route to winning his lone title in 2019 in Cordoba, he beat Jarry in their only previous ATP World Tour meeting.

Both men will look to cap off an excellent week tomorrow as the final is scheduled for 2pm local time.

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Alexander Bublik Praises Mentality Change Ahead Of Newport Semi-Finals

Alexander Bublik is on the rise after changing his mentality as he looks to win his first ATP title in Newport this weekend.



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Alexander Bublik praises his change in his mental approach to tennis after reaching the semi-finals in Newport. 


The 22 year-old from Kazakhstan is arguably having one of the best seasons of his career, having reached a career high ranking of 82 in 2019.

Having won three challenger events in Budapest, Pau and Monterrey, Bublik is full of confidence and is currently trying to transition that form on the ATP tour.

In an interview with the ATP website, Bublik has praised a change in mentality for the improvement in form, “When I was a kid I got in mental troubles a lot because I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to win this match. I want to win this tournament’,” Bublik said to

“Then last year when I broke my ankle is when I realised it’s fine… I’ve got to work hard to make it here, to make more and more, so that’s why I’m working hard every day trying to succeed.”

There is no doubting that Bublik has the talent as he has a unique style, which includes tweeners and during his quarter-final match with Tennys Sandgren in Newport, hit four aces in a game which concluded with an underarm ace.

However the world number 83 has said that he entertains himself first and aims to stand out from the crowd, “I entertain myself first. That’s the most important thing for me,” Bublik explained.

“Always be a leader, not a follower, You just have to be your own leader, make your own decisions,” Bublik said when speaking about one of his tattoos.

Well Bublik’s fate is certainly in his own hands when he faces Marcel Granollers for a spot in his first ever ATP final on Saturday.

The other semi-final will see top seed John Isner take on 4th seed Ugo Humbert as the Frenchman looks to take advantage of an under-par American.

In both of his matches, Isner has needed a third set to overcome both Kamil Majchrzak and Matthew Ebden as he looks to win a 3rd title at the Hall Of Fame Open.

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Bernard Tomic Sent Warning About Behaviour As Wimbledon Appeal Rejected

Bernard Tomic’s appeal was rejected after being fined all of his prize money for his first round defeat to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga at Wimbledon.



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Bernard Tomic has been sent a stinging warning about his behaviour after his Wimbledon appeal was rejected. 


The Australian lost his first round match at Wimbledon to Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in 58 minutes a couple of weeks ago in another lacklustre effort.

Although in previous years he may have escaped punishment, this time the grand slam board decided to deduct all his prize money as a result of his straight sets defeat.

This sent a clear message to the tennis world as they want to cut out lack of effort and give places in grand slams to competitors that will try their best.

Of course, Tomic wasn’t exactly pleased with the ruling and decided to appeal against the ruling which stated that he did not play to “required professional standards.”

However the appeal didn’t only get rejected, it got slammed down by board director Bill Babcock in a stinging letter to the controversial Australian.

In the letter Babcock referred to Tomic’s past history in lack of effort during matches, “A review of your historical record of misconduct at grand slams, never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an adjustment,” Babcock said.

“In your case, Bernard, I am sure you would agree there is no historical evidence to give comfort to the theory that you can reform your behaviour.

“Admittedly, I am sceptical that you can achieve this reform of grand slam on-court behaviour, Many others, no doubt, would be even more than just sceptical. Good luck and I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the future by your successful reform.”

In the letter, Babcock added that if Tomic escapes a sanction in his next eight grand slam events, then he will be refunded 25 percent of his prize money.

Despite this outcome, Tomic plans on appealing this latest inquest further as he currently prepares for the ATP 250 event in Atlanta next week, “I don’t care about this 25 per cent, I care about the right thing for players in the future,” Tomic told the New York Times.

In a separate case, Anna Tatishvili was refunded all of her prize money after appealing successfully after her fine for not meeting professional standards at Roland Garros.

The American lost 6-0 6-1 in her first round match to Maria Sakkari in only her third tournament back since 2017.

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