Even though women’s tennis has seen incomparably more changes at the top of the WTA rankings than the men’s, it is not too hard to underline the ten players who have dominated the sport in the 2010s. In men’s tennis, it was all about Novak Djokovic (by far the best player of the decade), Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer from 2010 to 2020, but each of eight female players we will mention in this article left a deep mark at their peak in this ten-year range.
It was only Serena Williams who managed to win a double-digit number of Grand Slam titles in the last decade. This fact best describes the lack of consistency women’s tennis has seen in the 2010s. You didn’t need to have tennis betting tips experts before tournaments as she would always storm. Serena kind of announced the dominance with the Australian Open silverware in 2010, while the decade was closed with the shocking trophy for Canada’s Bianca Andreescu at the US Open 2019. Bianca shocked Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadows. She is definitely the one to keep an eye on in the next decade, but the lone major title did not earn her a place in our list of top eight players who made the biggest impact in the 2010s. Without further ado, let’s move on to the list:
The American veteran left the biggest mark on female tennis in the last ten years. No player could have matched her in the process. She became immortal by winning four Wimbledon titles, three subsequent US Open trophies, three Australian Open crowns and two Roland Garros titles. She was at her peak halfway through the decade when at one point the American legend held all four Grand Slams. She also equaled Steffi Graff's record of being the number one in the world for 186 straight weeks. Williams has recently given birth to a daughter Alexis Olympia but she returned on the tour and is ready to add to her rich majors library at the age of 38. It will be very interesting to see whether the American prodigy will be able to stay competitive against young guns at the beginning of the new decade.
Simona ended the year as World No 1 in 2017 and 2018 and finished inside the top five in the WTA rankings in three consecutive years from 2017 onwards. She emerged in 2013 winning six WTA titles and has become a formidable force in women’s tennis ever since. One of the rare consistent players on the tour, Simona won Roland Garros and Wimbledon after losing her three inaugural Grand Slam finals. The 28-year-old Romanian was the top player in the world for 48 weeks and has the capacity to win more majors in the absence of Serena Williams.
We’ve come to another player in her 30s as Germany’s Angelique Kerber holds the sky-high third position in our list. Even though she made the professional debut back in 2003, the German had to wait as many as 13 years to clinch her maiden major trophy. It was truly a special occasion for her as Angelique dethroned Serena Williams from the numero ono spot in the WTA standings by beating her in the Australian Open final. She concluded the most successful year of her career with the US Open trophy. Her last Grand Slam title came at Wimbledon in 2018. Can
Kerber win Roland Garros and complete her career slam? She was the best player in the globe for 34 weeks.
Even though she failed to clinch more than two major trophies, we have to put Victoria Azarenka inside the top five on the list. The Belarusian legend was one of the rare players who had the capacity of matching Serena Williams' power and intensity at her peak. She ruled the women's tennis in the early 2010s winning back-to-back Australian Open titles in 2012 and 2013. Vica also featured the US Open finals in these two years, but only to lose to Serena on both occasions. The lack of proper performances on grass and clay prevented her from leaving even a deeper mark in women’s tennis, but she can still be proud of what she has accomplished in her career. Azarenka was the world’s No 1 for 19 successive weeks in 2012.
Known as an aggressive baseliner, Maria Sharapova spent the four weeks at the very top of the WTA standings after winning the French Open title in 2012. Even though her aggressive playing style seemed to be a perfect match for Wimbledon’s grass, Maria only made it to the final at All England Club back in 2011. She won two major trophies and both came at Rolland Garros where she played three subsequent finals from 2012 to 2014. She also ended as a runner-up in two separate Australian Open events. The Russian star could have probably done much more in the second half of the decade, but she received a 15-month ban from the IFT in 2016 following the doping policy violation.
Next in line is Petra Kvitova who is always a formidable force at Wimbledon. She triumphed at All England Club twice and these are her lone major trophies so far. The Czech star was an inevitable member of the remarkable Fed Cup team that has won six trophies in the last ten years. Kvitova barely survived a home invasion in 2017, but managed to return and reach the Australian Open final two years later.
The outstanding Dane said goodbye to professional tennis at the very beginning of the new decade. She played her final tournament at the Australian Open 2020. A true workhorse, she waited so long to break the Grand Slam curse but eventually managed to win her lone major title in Melbourne 2018. Caroline ended the year as World No 1 in 2010 and 2011.
Even though Li Na ended her career in 2014, we had to find a place in the list for Asia's first-ever Grand Slam champion. The fantastic Chinese groundbreaker has never gone beyond second place in the WTA standings but managed to win two major trophies, 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. If you wish to stay up to date with latest tennis betting promotions, visit bettingtips4you.com.