Ranking the Top 10 Women’s Tennis Players for 2016

By Merlisa Lawrence Corbett
at Internationaled.org

Published: November 4, 2016

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Angelique Kerber's rise to the top spot, Maria Sharapova's drug ban and Victoria Azarenka's pregnancy were just a few surprises that shook up the WTA Tour's Top 10 in 2016. 

Although the WTA's Elite Trophy tournament is still going on, the season is essentially over. The top players battled it out at the WTA Finals last week in Singapore, and the next time most of them will convene in the same place will be in 2017. 

So who were the best players this year? 

The top two are obvious. Kerber finishes the season ranked No. 1 with a 63-18 record. Meanwhile, Serena Williams closes out her year 38-6 and ranked No. 2 despite playing in just eight tournaments. 

But how about the best of the rest? Did a late-season surge propel Svetlana Kuznetsova and Petra Kvitova to this season-ending top-10 list? 

This list takes into consideration the WTA rankings, this year's points totals, a player's record against Top 10 players and momentum heading into next year. 

There are some new faces occupying spaces at the top. To understand the upheaval among the top 10 players, consider the season-ending Top 10 for 2015. Williams was No. 1, Simona Halep was No. 2 and Maria Sharapova was No. 4. Venus Williams finished ranked No. 6.  Flavia Pennetta was No. 8, Lucie Safarova was No. 9 and Kerber rounded out the Top 10. 

Today, Pennetta is retired, Safarova is ranked No. 64. Venus is no longer in the Top 10, and Sharapova isn't ranked at all.

Meanwhile, Dominika Cibulkova, ranked No. 38 in January, is now ranked No. 5. Where does she land on this list? The following are the top 10 players of 2016. 

 

 

 

 

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