Tell us your projected year-end Top 10 WTA rankings for 2023 and win a prize!

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It’s time for our 2023 ranking predictions contest! John Bolan, long-time friend of Women’s Tennis Blog, is sharing his Top 10 predictions and inviting you to join him. For the second year in a row, our prize is Maria Sharapova’s autobiography “Unstoppable”.

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The best eligible 2023 WTA rankings predictor will win this Maria Sharapova autobiography.

How to enter and win Maria Sharapova’s autobiography?

Name who will be the Top 10 women’s players and in which order in the 2023 year-end rankings. 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 10, 2023. Everyone in the world can participate. There are no country restrictions.

Taking a look back at 2022

It was nice to see the WTA Tour resume normal play in 2022 after the disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic in previous years. The WTA ranking system also returned to normal, except for Wimbledon. Wimbledon banned Russian and Belarusian players because of the Russian invasion and war with Ukraine. In response, the WTA refused to award ranking points to any player competing at the grass-court Grand Slam.

The 2022 end of year rankings were much more in line with reality than those in 2021. Those unawarded Wimbledon points had negligible effect on the ranking points of the top ten finishers.

John Bolan’s Top 10 predictions for 2023

This year will be John’s 13th year of guessing the year-end Top 10 women’s tennis players. Hopefully, unlucky thirteen will prove lucky for us.

1. Iga Swiatek
2. Aryna Sabalenka
3. Carolina Garcia
4. Ons Jabeur
5. Maria Sakkari
6. Daria Kasatkina
7. Veronika Kudermetova
8. Coco Gauff
9. Belinda Bencic
10. Paula Badosa

John explains his picks

The first eight of these ten players finished in the Top 10 for 2022. The remaining two finished 12th and 13th. My choices for 2023 are once again very conservative, because I expect the same players who dominated in 2022 will again be the best players during 2023.

Iga Swiatek has 11,085 points to defend in 2023. The world number one earned more than double the points of any other player in 2022. Despite those points to defend, Swiatek is still my top pick. She is the best player after winning thirty-seven straight matches and eight titles, including two more Grand Slams in 2022. She is the tennis super star!

The battle for number two will be between Aryna Sabalenka, Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur. I like all three, but Sabalenka is my pick for number two because she can beat anyone on any given day. I think her play will become more consistent during 2023.

Ons Jabeur, Maria Sakkari along with star doubles specialist Gabriela Dabrowksi won the 202 WTA Player Service Awards. These awards are determined by a vote of the WTA players. It is important for players to give back to the sport and to people in need through their efforts. Elina Svitolina raised a quarter million dollars for Ukraine during a one-night gala in Monte Carlo. She also gave birth to her first child in 2022.

Coco Gauff has her sights set on being number one after making it to the Top 10 in 2023. I added Belinda Bencic and Paula Badosa to the Top 10 picks for 2023 because they also are both very motivated to win in 2023.

The two Russian players, Veronika Kudermetova and Daria Kasatkina, should remain in the Top 10. Kudermetova has the best coach in women’s tennis. He also happens to be her husband. Kasatkina has lifted a burden off her shoulders this year by announcing her partner is a female figure skater and by denouncing Russia’s attack on Ukraine and its policy on the LGBTQ+ community. Free your mind and your game will follow.

Now it is your turn!

Choose your Top 10 players for 2023 and use the comment section to make your picks. You must enter your picks before January 10, 2023. Good luck!

19 COMMENTS

  1. Top 10 Predictions for 2023
    1. IGA SWIATEK
    2. ARYNA SABALENKA
    3. ONS JABEUR
    4. DARIA KASATKINA
    5. VERONIKA KUDERMETOVA
    6. CAROLINE GARCIA
    7. ELENA RYBAKINA
    8. PAULA BADOSA
    9. BEATRIZ HADDAD MAIA
    10. ANETT KONTAVIET

  2. 1-Iga Swiatek
    2-Caroline Garcia
    3-Aryna Sabalenka
    4-Maria Sakkari
    5-Ons Jabeur
    6-Jessica Pegula
    7-Coco Gauff
    8-Paula Badosa
    9-Belinda Bencic
    10-Beatriz Haddad Maia

  3. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Aryna Sabalenka
    3. Naomi Osaka
    4. Maria Sakkari
    5. Belinda Bencic
    6. Danielle Collins
    7. Amanda Anisimova
    8. Ons Jabeur
    9. Coco Gauff
    10. Elena Rybakina

  4. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Ons Jabeur
    3. Caroline Garcia
    4. Coco Gauff
    5. Aryan Sabalenka
    6. Daria Kasatkina
    7. Maria Sakkari
    8. Simona Halep
    9. Jessica Pegula
    10. Barbora Krejcikova

  5. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Barbora Krejcikova
    3. Aryna Sabalenka
    4. Coco Gauff
    5. Ons Jabeur
    6. Elena Rybakina
    7. Jessica Pegula
    8. Belinda Bencic
    9. Liudmila Samsonova
    10. Qinwen Zheng

  6. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Ons Jabeur
    3. Aryan Sabalenka
    4. Maria Sakkari
    5. Caroline Garcia
    6. Veronika Kudermetova
    7. Coco Gauff
    8. Elena Rybakina
    9. Barbora Krejcikova
    10. Amanda Anisimova

  7. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Veronika Kudermetova
    3. Aryna Sabalenka
    4. Coco Gauff
    5. Jessica Pegula
    6. Ons Jabeur
    7. Elena Rybakina
    8. Belinda Bencic
    9. Maria Sakkari
    10. Zheng Qinwen

    LPGA Top 10 2023:

    1. Lydia Ko
    2. Nelly Korda
    3. Minjee Lee
    4. Atthaya Thitikul
    5. Brooke Henderson
    6. Jin Young Ko
    7. In Gee Chun
    8. Lin Xiyu
    9. Lexi Thompson
    10. Leona Maguire

  8. 1. Iga Świątek
    2. Elena Rybakina
    3. Coco Gauff
    4. Bianca Andreescu
    5. Jessica Pegula
    6. Ons Jabeur
    7. Liudmila Samsonova
    8. Caroline Garcia
    9. Aryna Sabalenka
    10. Barbora Krejcikova

  9. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Aryan Sabalenka
    3. Caroline Garcia
    4. Ons Jabeur
    5. Coco Gauff
    6. Barbora Krejcikova
    7. Jessica Pegula
    8. Elena Rybakina
    9. Veronika Kudermetova
    10. Maria Sakkari

  10. ****Marija ! I can’t believe I left Caroline Garcia out of my year end top ten!! 😮
    Soooooo, if ok to do so I will adjust my top 10 at the end of 2023 to be:

    1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Veronika Kudermetova
    3. Aryna Sabalenka
    4. Coco Gauff
    5. Jessica Pegula
    6. Ons Jabeur
    7. Elena Rybakina
    8. Belinda Bencic
    9. Caroline Garcia
    10. Zheng Qinwen

    If not ok I will stick with the original with Sakkari at #8. (Note I took Maria out and NOT Zheng..I have high hopes for the Li Na protégé this year)

  11. I’m terrible at projections but it’s still fun!

    1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Caroline Garcia
    3. Elena Rybakina
    4. Coco Gauff
    5. Barbora Krejcikova
    6. Belinda Bencic
    7. Aryna Sabalenka
    8. Zheng Qinwen
    9. Jessica Pegula
    10. Ons Jabeur

  12. Thank you Marija for another opportunity! Happy New Year!
    This is a really interesting challenge 😉
    Everyone believing in Iga 🙂

    1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Caroline Garcia
    3. Veronika Kudermetova
    4. Ons Jabeur
    5. Coco Gauff
    6. Maria Sakkari
    7. Beatriz Haddad Maia
    8. Jessica Pegula
    9. Paula Badosa
    10. Madison Keys

  13. It’s a tricky one this year. Here’s my Top 10 picks:

    1. Aryna Sabalenka
    2. Iga Swiatek
    3. Jessica Pegula
    4. Ons Jabeur
    5. Coco Gauff
    6. Veronika Kudermetova
    7. Jelena Ostapenko
    8. Caroline Garcia
    9. Elena Rybakina
    10. Maria Sakkari

  14. Top 10 rankings for 2023:

    1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Jessica Pegula
    3. Caroline Garcia
    4. Ons Jabeur
    5. Coco Gauff
    6. Danielle Collins
    7. Aryna Sabalenka
    8. Paula Badosa
    9. Madison Keys
    10. Simona Halep

    Very tough to predict. The only ranking that I can see staying the same is Iga Swiatek at #1, but even that is not guaranteed. I do think it’ll be a great year for Jessica Pegula and Caroline Garcia, but I don’t see them taking the top spot. Best of luck to everyone with their predictions! 🙂

  15. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Jessica Pegula
    3. Aryna Sabalenka
    4. Carolina Garcia
    5. Veronika Kudermetova
    6. Maria Haddad
    7. Barbora Krejcikova
    8. Linda Noskova
    9. Danielle Collins
    10. Ons Jabeur

    WTA is at its best – there are so many good women’s players. Will be a great 2023.

  16. 2023 WTA Top Ten Rankings Predictions

    1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Caroline Garcia
    3. Ons Jabeur
    4. Aryna Sabalenka
    5. Maria Sakkari
    6. Barbora Krejcikova
    7. Paula Badosa
    8. Jessica Pegula
    9. Coco Gauff
    10. Belinda Bencic

  17. 1. Iga Swiatek
    2. Jessica Pegula
    3. Qinwen Zheng
    4. Coco Gauff
    5. Belinda Bencic
    6. Caroline Garcia
    7. Karolina Pliskova
    8. Elena Rybakina
    9. Paula Badosa
    10. Leylah Fernandez

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