For over a decade John Bolan has been organizing this WTA rankings prediction contest on Women’s Tennis Blog. This year we’re awarding Maria Sharapova’s autobiography “Unstoppable” to the person selected as the best predictor. Read on for more details.
How to enter and win?
In the comments below this article, write your Top 10 predictions for 2022 year-end WTA rankings. Name who will be the Top 10 women’s players and in which order they will finish 2022. Around this time next year, we will evaluate the predictions and award the best predictor. If there is a tie, we may randomly select one winner. Please make your selections in the comment section of this article by January 3, 2022. Everyone in the world can participate. There are no country restrictions.
The history of this competition
For 12 years in a row, John Bolan, friend of Women’s Tennis Blog, has made his year-end Top 10 ranking predictions and invited you to join. People from all over the world have been winners. For a long time we were awarding WTA player autographs, last year we offered a Babolat tennis racquet, while now we decided to switch it up a bit with Maria Sharapova’s book.
Good news/Bad news for 2022
The outlook for tennis during the year of 2022 is not looking positive. The good news is Australia has a full schedule of tournaments to start off the tour in January. The bad news is the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is extremely contagious and some countries are already shutting down their borders.
An important variable for our contest is how COVID-19 will affect the method the WTA uses to rank players. If the WTA cancels tournaments, will the method the WTA uses to rank players change during 2022? Will they return to the 2020 system or stick with their regular 2021 method, or produce a brand-new way to rank players?
John Bolan’s 2022 Top 10 prediction
My choices for 2022 are going to be conservative, as player rankings may not change very much like what happened in 2020. My choices include all the Top 10 players from 2021, except for the injured Karolina Pliskova. I did not consider any player outside the Top 15.
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Ashleigh Barty
- Anett Kontaveit
- Paula Badosa
- Iga Swiatek
- Garbine Muguruza
- Barbora Krejcikova
- Maria Sakkari
- Ons Jabeur
- Elina Svitolina
John’s reasoning for the picks
I eliminated injured players from consideration. Karolina Pliskova, Jennifer Brady, Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka were in this group.
Three players were exceedingly difficult to leave off the Top 10. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sofia Kenin, and Elena Rybakina would be good picks for the Top 10.
My Top 10 picks include the strongest players on tour. Aryna Sabalenka is the strongest of all and will try hard to take and hold onto number one in 2022. Ashleigh Barty is also a super strong player. She could get off to great start playing the first month of 2022 in her own country. It would be wonderful to see these two players battle in a head-to-head match early in the year.
Anett Kontaveit and Paula Badosa had breakout years in 2021. They deserve to be in the Top 10 list for 2022.
Iga Swiatek is still the best young player in the WTA and has already made the Top 10. I expect her to be in the Top 10 for many years to come.
I am not sure where Garbine Muguruza should be on the list. She is a Top 10 player after her big win at the WTA finals in Guadalajara. She is in the middle of the Top 10 and can beat any of them on any given day.
Next, three players who had terrific 2021 seasons. These first-time Top 10 players in 2021 should repeat in 2022. Barbora Krejcikova, Maria Sakkari and Ons Jabeur are very tough, strong players.
After considering four players for the last spot on my list, I chose Elina Svitolina. Her ranking slipped a little in 2021, but she is anxious to work her way back into the Top 10.
Now it is your turn!
Choose your Top 10 players for 2022 very carefully. Please use the comment section below to make your picks. You must enter your picks before January 3, 2022. Good luck!