Top 10 Best Women Tennis Players Right Now Ranked By WTA

Here is a list of the top ten Women's Tennis players in the world today. This is one of the most exciting periods in the history of the game. The WTA rankings factor in the past calendar year's tournaments, which neglects not only how the players have been performing lately, but also their career record. Both the player's past and recent history is taken into account, but the list will focus primarily on a particular player's recent body of work, with the past history plus latest few matches taken into account, especially performances at the four major tournaments, when it comes to a tiebreaker between two players.

Top 10 Best Women's Tennis Players Right Now Ranked By WTA

The list only includes players who are currently playing in WTA tour events, not the senior tour or Pro Ams. This is not a historical list of the best tennis players of all time.

Top 10 Best Women's Tennis Players WTA Singles Rankings 2020

Singles Nationality Points Age in 2020
Ashleigh Barty Australian 8717 23
Simona Halep Romanian 6076 28
Karolína Plíšková Czech 5205 28
Sofia Kenin American 4590 21
Elina Svitolina Ukrainian 4580 25
Bianca Andreescu Canadian 4555 19
Kiki Bertens Dutch 4335 28
Belinda Bencic Swiss 4010 23
Serena Williams American 3915 38
Naomi Osaka Japan 3625 22

1. Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty

Born: 24 April 1996
Height: 1.66 m (5 ft 5 1⁄2 in)
Turned pro: April 2010
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Craig Tyzzer
Prize money: US$ 17,594,569

Ashleigh Barty is an Australian professional tennis player and former cricketer. She is ranked No. 1 in the world in singles by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and is the second Australian WTA singles No. 1 after Evonne Goolagong Cawley. She is also a top 20 player in doubles, having achieved a career-high ranking of No. 5 in the world. Barty has won eight singles titles and ten doubles titles on the WTA Tour, including one Grand Slam singles title at the 2019 French Open and one Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open with partner CoCo Vandeweghe. She is also the reigning champion in singles at the WTA Finals.

Barty is an all-court player who employs a wide variety of shots into her style of play. Despite her short stature for a professional tennis player, she is an excellent server, regularly ranking among the WTA Tour's leaders in aces and percentage of service points won. Barty serves as the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.

2. Simona Halep

Simona Halep

Born: 27 September 1991
Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Turned pro: 2006
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Darren Cahill
Prize money: US$ 36,551,855

Simona Halep is a Romanian professional tennis player. She has been ranked world No. 1 in singles twice between 2017 and 2019. In total, she has been No. 1 for 64 weeks, which ranks tenth in the history of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings. Halep was the year-end No. 1 in 2017 and 2018. She has finished each year ranked no lower than No. 4 since 2014 and has the longest active streak of being ranked in the top 10. She has won 20 WTA singles titles and has finished runner-up 17 times. Halep has won two Grand Slam singles titles, at the 2018 French Open and the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Halep is the third Romanian to be in the top 10 of the WTA rankings after Virginia Ruzici and Irina Spîrlea, and the second Romanian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title after Ruzici. She is also the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1 and the first Romanian player to win a Wimbledon singles title. Halep is regarded as one of the best returners on the WTA Tour, while also building her game around being aggressive and being able to hit winners from defensive positions.

3. Karolína Plíšková

Karolína Plíšková

Born: 21 March 1992
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro: 2009
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coaches: Daniel Vallverdú, Olga Savchuk (2020–)
Prize money: $19,997,689

Karolína Plíšková is a Czech professional tennis player. She is a former world No. 1, top-ranked by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) in July 2017. Plíšková has won 16 singles and five doubles titles on the WTA tour, as well as 10 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. On 31 October 2016, she peaked at world No. 11 in the doubles rankings.

She reached her first and, as of today, only Grand Slam final at the 2016 US Open, where she was runner-up to Angelique Kerber in three sets. As a junior, Plíšková won the girls' singles event at the 2010 Australian Open, defeating Laura Robson in the final. She has also played for the Czech Republic in Fed Cup competition.

4. Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

Born: November 14, 1998
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro: 2017
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Alex Kenin
Prize money: US$5,930,775

Sofia Anna Kenin is an American professional tennis player. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. 4 in the world. Kenin is the reigning champion at the Australian Open and the youngest American to win a Grand Slam women's singles title since Serena Williams in 2002. She was named the WTA Most Improved Player of the Year in 2019, making her the first American to win the award also since Serena Williams in 1999. Kenin has won five WTA singles titles in total. She has also won two WTA doubles titles, including the 2019 China Open at the Premier Mandatory level with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. On the ITF tour, she has won four singles titles and two doubles titles.

On the professional tour, Kenin made her debut in the top 100 of the WTA rankings in 2018 as a teenager. She reached four WTA singles finals in 2019, three of which she won. Kenin's championship run at the 2020 Australian Open was highlighted by a victory over home favorite and world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty. Before this title, her best result at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2019 French Open, where she defeated Serena Williams and made it to the fourth round.

5. Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina

Born: 12 September 1994
Height: 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro: 2010
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Marcos Baghdatis (2020–)
Prize money: $19,460,456

Elina Mykhailivna Svitolina is a Ukrainian tennis player. Having turned professional in 2010, she reached her career-high ranking of world No. 3 on 11 September 2017 and again on 9 September 2019.

Svitolina has scored victories over Grand Slam champions Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitová, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Francesca Schiavone, Flavia Pennetta, Sloane Stephens, and Ashleigh Barty. Her first top-10 win came over Kvitová in 2014 at the Cincinnati Open, where she reached her first semifinal at a Premier 5 tournament. She also has six wins over a world No. 1 to her name, three over Kerber, two over Halep and one over Serena Williams. In doubles, Svitolina has won two titles, both at the İstanbul Cup, in 2014 and 2015. Her career-high ranking in doubles play is world No. 108, which she reached on 4 May 2015.

6. Bianca Andreescu

Bianca Andreescu

Born: June 16, 2000
Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Turned pro: 2017
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Sylvain Bruneau
Prize money: US$6,720,038

Bianca Vanessa Andreescu is a Canadian professional tennis player. She has a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world, and is the highest-ranked Canadian in the history of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Andreescu is the reigning champion at the US Open and the Canadian Open, having defeated Serena Williams to win both titles. She is the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles title, and the first to win the Canadian Open in 50 years. She is also the first player to win a Grand Slam singles title as a teenager since Maria Sharapova in 2006.

Andreescu began playing tennis in her parents' home country of Romania before returning to Canada where she was born. She had success as a junior, winning the Orange Bowl and two Grand Slam doubles titles with compatriot Carson Branstine en route to reaching a career-best junior ranking of No. 3 in the world. After not playing any matches at the WTA Tour level in 2018, Andreescu had a breakout year in 2019, beginning with a runner-up in her first event of the season, the Auckland Open. She then rose to prominence by winning the Indian Wells Open, a Premier Mandatory tournament. Although she missed several months due to injury, Andreescu qualified for the WTA Finals at the end of the season and finished the year ranked No. 5.

7. Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens

Born: 10 December 1991
Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Turned pro: 2009
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Elise Tamaëla (2019-present)
Prize money: US$ 11,191,293

Kiki Bertens is a Dutch tennis player who turned professional in 2009. Her highest WTA singles ranking is No. 4, which she reached on 13 May 2019, becoming the highest ranked Dutch female player ever. Her career high in doubles is world No. 16, achieved in April 2018. To date, she has won ten singles titles and ten doubles titles on the WTA Tour including 2018 Western & Southern Open and 2019 Mutua Madrid Open.

Bertens is widely regarded as a clay-court specialist, but also is successful on hard courts. Raemon Sluiter has been her coach. On 1 November 2019 she announced on Instagram that Raemon Sluiter would no longer be her coach and Elise Tamaëla would be her new coach. Tamaëla was her interim coach at the time.

8. Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic

Born: 10 March 1997
Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Turned pro: 2012
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Ivan Bencic
Prize money: US$ 8,117,609

Belinda Bencic is a Swiss professional tennis player. She has a career-high Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranking of No. 4 in the world which she reached in February 2020. Bencic has won four singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour.

From 2016 through 2018, Bencic struggled with a variety of injury issues, most notably needing to have wrist surgery in 2017 that kept her out for five months and saw her ranking drop outside the top 300. Nonetheless, she rebounded quickly and rose back into the top 50 within a year of her comeback. She then posted her best season to date in 2019, winning her second Premier 5 title at the Dubai Tennis Championships reaching her first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, qualifying for her first WTA Finals where she reached the semifinals, and finishing the year inside the top 10 for the first time, which helped her win the WTA Comeback Player of the Year award.

9. Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Born: September 26, 1981
Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Turned pro: October 1995
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Richard Williams (1994–)
Prize money: US$ 92,715,122

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in women's single tennis. She has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the most by any man or woman in the Open Era. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002. On her sixth occasion, she held the ranking for 186 consecutive weeks, tying the record set by Steffi Graf. In total, she has been No. 1 for 319 weeks, which ranks third in the Open Era among female players behind Graf and Martina Navratilova.

Earning almost $29 million in prize money and endorsements, Williams was the highest paid female athlete in 2016. She repeated this feat in 2017 when she was the only woman on Forbes' list of the 100 highest paid athletes with $27 million in prize money and endorsements. She has won the 'Laureus Sportswoman of the Year' award four times (2003, 2010, 2016, 2018), and in December 2015, she was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine. In 2019, she was ranked 63rd in Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Athletes list.

10. Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka

Born: October 16, 1997
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro: September 2013
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach: Wim Fissette (2020–)
Prize money: US$14,617,235

Naomi Osaka is a professional tennis player who represents Japan. Osaka has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. She has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels. Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, and is the first player to achieve this feat since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.

Osaka is known for her multi-ethnic background and her shy, candid personality. With her diverse background and status as a Grand Slam singles champion, she is one of the most marketable women athletes in the world, ranking second in endorsement income in 2019 behind only Serena Williams. On the court, Osaka has an aggressive playing style with a powerful serve that can reach 125 miles per hour (200 km/h).

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