Six athletes were nominated for the title of the best player of the year in the WTA circuit. We are talking about Iga Swiatek, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula, Elena Rybakina and Marketa Vondrousova.
Aryna Sabalenka and Iga SwiatekPhoto: Artur Widak/NurPhoto / Shutterstock Editorial / Profimedia
The Pole will finish for the second year in a row in the first world position, Iga winning six tournaments in 2023, one of which is the Grand Slam: Roland Garros. He had 68 wins and 11 losses. He collected $9,857,686 from this year’s tennis prizes alone.
Aryna Sabalenka fulfilled two of her big goals in 2023: winning a Grand Slam (Australian Open) and occupying the 1st place in the world (relinquished after the end of the Champions Tour). He had 55 wins and 14 losses.
She also played in the US Open final, and this season she became the first player since Serena Williams in 2016 to reach the semifinals of every Grand Slam tournament of the year. He collected $8,202,653 in tennis prizes this season.
At the age of 19, Coco Gauff had the best year of her career so far: she won her first Grand Slam (US Open) and prevailed, among others, in Washington and Cincinnati. He had 51 wins and 16 losses. He collected only from tennis prizes in 2023 the sum of $6,669,622.
Jessica Pegula finished for the second consecutive year in the world TOP 5. He played in the finals of the Tournament of Champions and won in Montreal and Seoul. He finished the season with 59 wins and 18 losses. In addition, she was once the world leader in doubles. He collected $5,967,890 in 2023 from tennis prizes alone.
Elena Rybakina played the final at the Australian Open, and then had 13 consecutive victories in the current season. He won Indian Wells and lost in the final in Miami. He also won in Rome and finished the year on 4. He collected $5,493,437 in tennis prizes in 2023.
Marketa Vondrousova offered one of the biggest surprises: she won the title at Wimbledon, the first major tournament conquered in her career. In September, Marketa climbed up to 7th, after a year ago it was on 124th WTA. He collected $4,473,278 this season.
The best pairings of 2023
For the title of the best pair in the doubles circuit of the WTA, the pairs are competing: Coco Gauff / Jessica Pegula (both USA), Storm Hunter (Australia) / Elise Mertens (Belgium), Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) / Erin Routliffe (New Zealand) , Barbora Krejcikova / Katerina Siniakova (both Czech Republic), Laura Siegemund (Germany) / Vera Zvonareva (Russia).
The players with the most progress in the WTA
Xinyu Wang, Lin Zhu, Qinwen Zheng (all from China), Katie Boulter (Great Britain) and Jasmine Paolini (Italy).
The revelation of the year in the WTA
Mirra Andreeva, Diana Shnaider, Elina Avanesian, Peyton Stearns and Linda Noskova.
The return of 2023 in the WTA
Marketa Vondrousova, Karolina Muchova, Elina Svitolina, Su-Wei Hsieh and Anastasia Pavlyucenkova.
WTA coaches of the year
Brad Gilbert and Pere Riba (Coco Gauff), Tomasz Wiktorowski (Iga Swiatek), Anton Dubrov (Aryna Sabalenka), Emil Miske (Karolina Muchova), Stefano Vukov (Elena Rybakina), Raemon Sluiter (Elina Svitolina).