World of women Tennis is defined by the likes of Billie jean king to Martina Hinges to `Steffi Graf to Justine Henin and of course the William Sisters! The power and panache of these ladies is inexplicable. The nail biting, fist pumping, table thumping gestures are no longer a domain of sports for men. Women do it to and the strokes and grunts are live testimony to the fact that these women have arrived. The history of women tennis is long so let’s limit it to the top 10 players in 2013. This article is for ardent tennis fans and amateurs who are just stepping into the tennis world. Let’s see the Ladies who rule over the courts in 2013.
10. Kirilenko Maria,Russia
WTA Titles: Singles 6; Doubles 12.
The prodigal daughter trained by her father Yuri Kirilenko, Maria started to fall in love with the sport at the age of 7 and now at age of 26 and having spent 12 years in professional circuit, the lass from Moscow is ranked 10th in the world. The highlights of her career are Wins 2013 – Pattaya City; 2008 – Estoril, Barcelona, Seoul; 2007 – Kolkata; 2005 – Beijing in singles category. In doubles category she stands at 21st rank with Wins at 2012 – Miami, WTA Championships; 2011 – Madrid, Stanford; 2010 – San Diego, Cincinnati; 2009 -Moscow; 2008 – Estoril, Cincinnati; 2007 – Doha; 2005 – Tokyo; 2004 – Birmingham. The best of her seasons were 2005 2006 2008 -the top 30 season; 2010 and 2012 were the top 20 seasons.
9. Wozniacki Caroline,Denmark
WTA Titles : 20 singles, 2 doubles.
A treasure from Monte Carlo indeed! The 23 year old from Denmark has stormed the tennis circuit and in 8 years as a pro has reached the 9th rank worldwide. The good-at-games is not surprising in her case as she is a product of fascinating sporty family. With father Piotr a soccer player in Poland and Denmark; Anna Wozniaicki, Mother, played volleyball for Polish National Team. If this wasn’t enough the brother Patrick followed into fathers shoes to become soccer in Denmark. The career in terms of ranking alone is amazing. Debut at age of 15, 2008-first top 20 season; 2009-first top 5 season; 2010-First top 1 season; 2011-second No 1 season; 2012 fell to rank 10 and now in 2013 is ranked at 9. The world waits to watch this player in her dynamic career.
8. Kvitova Petra,Czech Republic
WTA Titles: 10 singles, 0 Doubles.
A left-handed player and admirer of fellow left handed legend Martina Navratilova, the Czech beauty has made a place for herself at in the world of Tennis. She favours serves, backhand and forehand but more than that is a base-liner. The highlights of her career are victories at Dubai, Montréal, Brisbane, Paris [Indoors], Madrid, Wimbledon, and led Czech Fed Cup Team, 2007-13; also participated in Olympic through national Team.
7. Kerber Angelique, Germany
WTA Titles: 2 Singles; 0 Doubles.
The 25 year old German is testified as an angel by everyone but her opponents who face her on court. With an average frame of 5’8” the lady terrifies with her two left handed backhands. She stated playing at the age of 3, the tiny tot never gave up the childhood passion and went pro in 2003. The leap from No.32 in 2011 to No. 5 in 2012 was amazing to observe. The German is here to stay.
6. Li Na, China.
WTA Titles: Singles 7; Doubles 2.
31 year old Chinese is epic in China’s Tennis history. Married in 2006, this lady went on to bring China into tennis circuit and create the same dread for Chinese players in tennis as it is in badminton. Currently ranked No.6, the 14 year career has seen many ups and downs. The victories include 7 wins at Shenzhen; Cincinnati; Sydney, Roland Garros; Birmingham; Gold Coast; Guangzhou. She was finalists at 2013 – Australian Open, Stuttgart,Sydney, Rome, and Montreal. Other victories include those at Monterrey, Birmingham,Tashkent, Chinese Fed Cup Team, and was a part of Chinese Olympic Team in all years since 2000.
5. Errani Sara, Italy
WTA Titles: Singles 7; Doubles 19.
Forehand and clay court, add Sara to the mix and we have an ace up our selves. The 26 year old Italian went pro in 2002 at 15 and now 11 years into the sport, Sara is ranked at No.5 in singles and ranked No.1 in doubles. Daughter to a fruit-vegetable seller father and pharmacist mother, the athletic genes found way into the siblings with Sara’s brother playing pro soccer. From the age of 5 Sara was drawn into the sport. Till 2012 Sara’s tennis career was at the spotlights periphery, but a decision of change in racket from Wilson to babolat got her an entry into the crème de la crème of industry. Longer racket on heavy side gave more power and reach. Fondly called Excalibur by Sara, many expert dub this as the reason behind her success.
4. Radwanska Agnieszka, Poland.
WTA titles: Singles 12; Doubles 2.
With the goal to win a grand slam and be world No.1, the 24 year old Polish dynamite has made a name for her with formidable forehand. Playing with her sister Urszala (also a WTA player) and her father, the spirit of tennis got into her at age of 4 and since then she has played in club at Gronau, Germany. She is studying tourism at Polish Sport University Krakow. She has won 12 major singles event, first in 2007 at Auckland, Sydney and latest in 2013 at Stockholm. She is W TA ambassador for Habitat for Humanity.
3. Sharapova Maria, Russia
WTA Titles: Singles 29; Doubles 3.
26 year old towering beauty is quite a picture on tennis surface. With a 6’2” frame and blonde hair, the fierce game is rude shock to whoever faces her. The career chart of Maria is an interesting read. Won the first WTA title at the age of 17 beating formidable S. Williams, Sharapova made a name for herself by winning WTA and defeating a very strong player. Has won 29 major singles events and 3 doubles in her career. In 2003, she entered top 50 right after 2 years of debut. Till 2008 she was a formidable opponent on court but a stray injury led to 9 month layoff and stumbling out of top 100 player list. In 2010 she was back in top 20 and now is ranked at world no 3. The beauty is not only a Tennis player, she has her own line of apparels, candy line, scholarship for Chernobyl area children and many charitable acts to her name. The Chernobyl Tragedy affected her psyche and she has been donating to the aid of those who need it ever since.When Enigma gives Paradox a hug, the likes of Sharapova are born.
2 Azarenka Victoria, Belarus
WTA Titles: Singles 16; Doubles 6.
24 year old from Belarus is ranked at No. 2 as per WTA rankings. Her point counts are 9625. At the age of 7, Victoria got a taste of Tennis by the way of her mother and hasn’t looked back till date. She favours backhanded shots and playing on hard court. Her career tally today is 16 singles titles and 6 doubles. Debuted in 2003, the 6′ player has come a long way. On her debut year in 2003, she won doubles title at ITF circuit. In 2012 Victoria was world No. 1 and has been a challenge to everyone who faces her.
1. Williams Serena, USA
WTA titles: Singles 52; Doubles 22.
31 year old American doesn’t need an introduction in tennis or any other circuit. with 52 singles titles and 22 doubles title, the world numero uno now is not new at the top of the world spot for she has been here 6 times before 2013.In 18 years as pro, the time from 2002 can be refereed as the Serena-era. Along with her achievement of being hailed as one of the best players of all time, she is the only player to achieve a Golden Slam in both singles and doubles category. The William sisters were coached by their parents since they were 4 and till date Richard Williams and Oracene Price remain their daughters coach. Papa William took the road less travelled, seeing his daughters as players and children, he dealt with them in ways which conflicted their coach. Apart from tennis, Serena has been in news because of her charitable works, her two secondary schools in Africa, her own HSN line, clothing lines. Serena has been in controversies for her loud tennis outfits and some ill fated quotes. Serena lost her younger sister Yetunde and since then has been involved with helping at risk youth.
The women tennis has seen many epic players who have left a mark on the world. The ladies in this list are all beauty with brains and add strength to the mix, they will knock air out of any guy worth his salt.