Eight first time winners in the last twelve majors is a good thing for women’s tennis where the bar continues to be set incredibly high

Women’s tennis is at an undoubtedly high level.

Over the past 12 Grand Slam events we have now had 8 different winners. 

The woman’s game is simply brilliantly unpredictable and the fight for the biggest title is becoming tougher and tougher, there are no guarantees but there is belief and fearless approach in the woman’s game.

Winners in this time include:

Jelena Ostapenko – Roland Garros 2017
Garbine Muguruza – Wimbledon 2017
Sloane Stephens – US Open 2017
Caroline Wozniacki – Australian Open 2018
Simona Halep – Roland Garros 2018
Angie Kerber – Wimbledon 2018
Naomi Osaka – US Open 2018
Naomi Osaka – Australian Open 2019
Ash Barty – Roland Garros 2019
Simona Halep – Wimbledon 2019
Bianca Andreescu – US Open 2019
Sofia Kenin – Australian Open 2020

The variety of winners just makes the woman’s game stand out at the moment. 

Some will look at it and think that there it is a shame there isn’t a runaway winner of these major titles at the moment like Serena Williams was but there are benefits and drawbacks to domination.

Right now the tour is in an unpredictable but high quality transition. The wins for these players at major tournaments haven’t been flukes but a dedication to their hard work and a celebration of their individual tennis styles.

I think this theme will continue over the next year or so on the tour with a few more first time champions coming to the forefront of women’s tennis. 

Sofia Kenin’s win was unexpected but deserved, she played the best tennis consistently throughout the two weeks and that’s what it is about. Kenin hasn’t even been spoken about in the same category as future American stars such as Amanda Anisimova and Coco Gauff.

There are soo many other players in this bracket. 18 year old Iga Swiatek had a good run at the Australian Open, Dayana Yastremska who is working with Sascha Bajin has improved soo much over the last twelve months and I can see Aryna Sabalenka causing some issues in the next couple of years.

We also have Jelena Ostapenko who is still only 22 years old but it feels like she has been on the tour for soo long and last year we saw 20 year old Marketa Vondrousova make the Roland Garros final but was sidelined by injury for most of 2019.

I haven’t even spoken about Belinda Bencic. The Swiss star is still only 22 and ranked at No.5 in the world.

This is fantastic for women’s tennis to be in this position with soo many champions displaying high quality tennis and really making the women’s game unpredictably brilliant.

I do think we will see a slight domination from some players. I can see Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu setting the standard in a few years time but for now I’d expect a few more first time winners!


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