In the dynamic world of tennis, UTR Rating (created by UTR Sports) provides an accurate measure of player performance. The rating algorithm considers opponent strength, games won, and time passed — making it the best reflection of a player’s current skill level.
Let’s take a look at the 2023 year-end Top 10 women’s tennis players ranked by UTR Rating. The list includes familiar names and rising stars, promising an exciting upcoming season.
1. Iga Swiatek (UTR Rating 13.30)
Iga Swiatek, the relentless young force from Poland, asserted her dominance by clinching the top spot with a UTR Rating of 13.30. With her second consecutive Roland Garros title and a triumph at the WTA Finals in Mexico, Swiatek also secured the WTA Player of the Year honors for the second year running.
2. Coco Gauff (UTR Rating 12.97)
American prodigy Coco Gauff turned a corner in the latter half of 2023. With strategic game refinements, Gauff triumphed in D.C. and Cincinnati and fulfilled prophecies by winning the US Open.
3. Jessica Pegula (UTR Rating 12.93)
Continuing her steady upward trajectory, Jessica Pegula maintained her high-level performance in 2023. She won the WTA 1000 in Montreal and another title in Seoul, as well as reached the finals in Doha, Tokyo, and the WTA Finals in Guadalajara.
4. Madison Keys (UTR Rating 12.83)
Experiencing a resurgence in the latter part of her career, Madison Keys reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals and the US Open semifinals. She concluded the season at No.12 in the WTA rankings and No.4 by UTR Rating, marking a noticeable improvement.
5. Elena Rybakina (UTR Rating 12.83)
Elena Rybakina started the year by reaching the Australian Open final, and then nearly pulled off the Sunshine Double by winning Indian Wells and reaching the Miami final. She also won in Rome on clay. The 2022 Wimbledon champion will aim even higher in 2024.
6. Aryna Sabalenka (UTR Rating 12.80)
Aryna Sabalenka achieved significant milestones in 2023, reaching the No.1 spot in the WTA rankings and snagging her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. She’ll look forward to building on her success and defending her crown in Melbourne.
7. Karolina Muchova (UTR Rating 12.79)
Karolina Muchova enjoyed a career-best season in 2023, highlighted by her first major final appearance at Roland Garros. Her semifinal run at the US Open added to her impressive season.
8. Liudmila Samsonova (UTR Rating 12.72)
Liudmila Samsonova reached three finals Montreal, Abu Dhabi, and Beijing, securing a notable win against Rybakina in Montreal. Ranked No.16 on the WTA Tour, her consistent performances against higher-ranked opponents in 2023 highlight her potential.
9. Marketa Vondrousova (UTR Rating 12.71)
An unseeded Marketa Vondrousova secured the biggest title of her career at Wimbledon this summer by upsetting Ons Jabeur in the final. No stranger to success, the 2019 Roland Garros finalist and Tokyo silver medalist has dealt with injuries, but if she stays healthy, she will be a threat to any opponent in the new year.
10. Maria Sakkari (UTR Rating 12.63)
Maria Sakkari, claiming the tenth spot due to Paula Badosa’s inactivity since Wimbledon, struggled at the Grand Slam level in 2023. Despite losing in three major first rounds, she showcased resilience by securing her first WTA 500 title in Guadalajara, signaling a potential turnaround on the big stages.
The world eagerly anticipates the start of the 2024 season where the stage is set for another thrilling chapter in women’s tennis. Notable comebacks in January include new moms Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka, as well as youngsters Emma Raducanu and Amanda Anisimova.
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* UTR Ratings as of December 14, 2023