The 2017 WTA Season Looking A Lot Like Early 2003

The 2017 WTA Season Looking A Lot Like Early 2003

One of the major tennis storylines of 2017 has been the opening up of the field on the WTA tour.

With a number of former dominant players, like Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka, out of the game and others, like Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova, still early in their return, 2017 has presented a massive opportunity to the tour’s ‘rising stars. Out of 13 Premier and Grand Slam events completed this season, 10 different women have taken the title win. This has given tennis fans many possible picks for who will emerge as the next major threat on the WTA tour.

French Open WTA Leaders

French Open WTA Leaders

We are just hours away from the women’s final at the 2017 French Open. After 126 matches, 25 year-old Simona Halep and 20 year-old Jelena Ostapenko are the last women’s players remaining. And, whatever the outcome on Saturday in Paris, the women’s tour will see a new French Open champion and new Grand Slam title-holder crowned.

Rethinking Women's French Open Seedings

Rethinking Women's French Open Seedings

It only took a few days of main draw play for the 2017 French Open to give fodder to debates on the unpredictability of this year’s women’s tour. After two rounds, just 9 of the 32 seeds survived to the round of 32, 23 fewer than expected. Those numbers caused tennis.com to conclude that the women’s draw was “decimated”.