5 women’s tennis players to watch out for in 2024 ft. Zheng Qinwen

The 2023 season saw four different women win the sport’s top titles, proving the WTA tour’s depth.The development of a potential ‘huge 3’ of Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, and Elena Rybakina was also discussed, but there were plenty of other names posting huge results, stopping the three from settling into the top spot.Needless to say, fans are very excited as we prepare for the 2024 season. There are, however, a few names who, after making an impression this year, will be eager to make an even bigger effect in the future. And here are five women’s tennis players to keep an eye on in 2024:

#5 Marketa

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Marketa Vondrousova, like Elena Rybakina last year, finds herself in the spotlight as the reigning Wimbledon champion, despite not having had the finest results following her spectacular triumph at All England Club.2023 has proven to be a type of comeback year for the Czech. Injuries had prevented her from following up her 2019 French Open final run with stronger results, but that changed as she remained healthy for the majority of the season and recorded consistent results, including a quarterfinal appearance at the US Open.The southpaw, who has a unique game in today’s tennis, now leads an astonishing eight Czech players in the top 50. The fact that she was just outside the top 100 a year ago speaks loudly about her potential.

#4 Wang Xinyu

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Wang Xinyu, a junior World No. 2, eventually came into her own in the 2023 season, breaking into the top 50 following excellent performances on the American hardcourt.The Chinese player won her maiden Grand Slam in the second week of the US Open, but it was a long time coming. Xinyu can be a sight to behold on the fast hardcourt, thanks to her thunderous groundstrokes. She just needed a little more big-game experience.
That came her way thanks to her doubles heroics, which included a Grand Slam triumph in Paris with the ever-dynamic Hsieh Su-Wei. Xinyu has improved with each passing week and has the potential to make a significant impact in 2024.

#3 Mirra Andreeva

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Nobody moved more up the WTA rankings ladder in 2023 than Mirra Andreeva, who rose from No. 405 to No. 46 in a year.Andreeva, who began the year in the Juniors, had her huge breakthrough at the Madrid Open, becoming the third-youngest player in WTA 1000 history to win a main-draw match at the age of 15.There was intense scrutiny that followed as the tennis world awaited the teen’s next big run. And therein lay Andreeva’s greatest strength: her ability to shrug off the pressure and carry on as usual.Her progress to the second week of Wimbledon impressed the kid. What she lacks in raw power and huge shotmaking, she more than makes up for with her quick feet, eagerness to chase down every ball, and a never-say-die attitude that has turned many players become champions in the past.

#2 Zheng Qinwen

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Coming into the 2022 season, Zheng Qinwen was already a top-30 player. She had impressed in key matches against Iga Swiatek and others, but she had yet to make that big break that signalled her presence.And, for the most part, the first half of the 2023 season followed the same pattern. With early exits at the first three Slams of the season, the Chinese player was always on the verge of something big, but couldn’t quite cross the finish line.Then came the title in Palermo, and everything clicked for the lanky Chinese. The rapid hardcourts from the American and Asian swings aided Zheng’s big-serving, but she was suddenly a two-time Tour champion and a US Open quarterfinalist.Zheng’s late charge earned her a spot at the WTA Elite Trophy, where she took advantage of home advantage to reach the largest final of her career and climb to No. 15. In recent appearances, the youngster has been significantly more at ease on the big stage, and more success is almost surely on the way in 2024.

#1karolina Muchova

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It took a few years, but Karolina Muchova finally had a season that matched her exceptional tennis talent.The dynamic Czech, who made the Wimbledon quarterfinals as a youthful 22-year-old in 2019, has had a rough background, with injuries striking just when she appeared to be building up to something huge.Injuries plagued her 2023 season as well, as she did not compete frequently until the clay swing. However, she controlled her season better this year, with the run to the French Open final – which included spectacular victories over Aryna Sabalenka and Maria Sakkari – being the highlight.The run to the US Open semifinals, which came after another brief injury-induced hiatus, was even more noteworthy since it demonstrated to the world that Muchova was capable of mounting deep runs at major events on a consistent basis.


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