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2022 will go down in tennis history, as one of the legends of the game retires, Venus Williams has decided that the US Open will be her last tournament. Many will miss the spectacular style of play of the American tennis player, however, a new generation of young tennis players is beginning to lead the way and stand out in every major tournament. Some have only a little more than a year as a professional and at their young age already have Grand Slam trophies, something that even some veterans have not been able to achieve.
We have made a selection of the youngest girls at the top of the WTA rankings, some of whom have already established themselves and others who have proven that they will have a successful future in tennis. While the extraordinary careers of some of the older players are on the decline, the younger ones are on the rise.
Top young tennis players
The players we have taken into account are among the top 15 tennis players in the world. To make it into this select group, each has had to shine in the various WTA tournaments.
Iga Swiatek – #1
2022 has been a breakthrough year for the polka, as after winning the Roland Garros in April, she leads the WTA Rankings. Despite being only 21 years old, Iga has been a professional tennis player for six years. When Iga debuted, she was only fifteen years old. So, she is the most experienced player on the list. It seems that Rolan Garros is her favourite Grand Slam and the one where she has the best performance, as in 2020 this tournament was her first Grand Slam.
Emma Raducanu – #11
Emma Raducanu had a great performance in 2021, in which she won her only WTA title so far, the US Open 2021. To win this title she had to leave the way great tennis players like Maria Sakkari, and Belinda Bencic, and in the final, she defeated the Canadian Leylah Fernandez. In these years Raducanu has been irregular, but at her age, she still needs to learn and develop some skills to consolidate herself.
Cori Gauff – #12
The American has yet to win a WTA title but came close at Roland Garros this year. La Jove faced the current number 1 in the WTA ranking, Iga Swiatek, and lost quickly in 2 sets. Gauff already knows what it’s like to beat veteran players, so she will probably be in the top 10 before the end of the year.
Leylah Fernandez – #14
The young Canadian made her debut in 2017 at the age of 15, in her first years she did not have much success, but since 2020 she has had important victories. Her best performance so far was at the US Open the previous year, where she was defeated by Emma Raducanu of Great Britain, another youngster of the same age. That feat allowed her to climb into the top 20 of the rankings, she must emulate her performance of the previous year at the US Open 2022 in order not to lose many places in the rankings.