2018 Pro Women To Watch (WTA)

These are women to watch in 2018.

Jaimee Fourlis (Ranking: 324)   18 year old Jaimee Fourlis will be a player to watch on the WTA tour.   Fourlis has an athletic build and is a big striker of the ball.  She has had good junior success and is ready to make her breakthrough on the pro stage.    She has a wildcard into the Australian Open and will most likely be seen in the lead up tournaments as well.


Destanee Aiava (153)  17 year old Aiava of Australia is also set to gain ground in 2018.  She won the Wildcard playoff in Australia so she is into the year’s first grand slam.  Aiava has a good athletic build and hits the ball very strong off the ground; she has easy power.   In 2017 she defeated Bethanie Mattek Sands.


3) Wozniacki.   Expect more winning and more consistency from Wozniacki.  By the end of 2017, Wozniacki was looking to be the most “solid” of the players with her movement, her returning, and her backhand looking the most consistent.

4) Bundle Group –    Look for Svitolina, Ostapenko, and Garcia to continue their winning ways.   Svitolina has the best “all around game” of the top 10 women.   If Ostapenko is “hot” then she can beat any player by just hitting winner after winner.   Look for Garcia to have more wins especially against players like Wozniacki and Halep.  Garcia is striking her groundstrokes very cleanly and her swing volley as well as her aggressive play is strong!

5)  Ashleigh Barty.  World #17 Ashleigh Barty is extremely dangerous.   She is a very talented and athletic player.   If she is playing well I expect her to produce upsets and work her way close to the top 10.


6) NOT Kerber.   I think players have figured out how to beat Kerber and she has lost some of her confidence.

7) Maria Sharapova.   Expect Sharapova to continue her climb up the rankings.   Sharapova has an extremely strong competitive spirit combined with some of the other players.  You will see various players give up once they start losing, but Sharapova will continue to fight for the whole match.    She has the heart of a champion.

8) Naomi Osaka of Japan.  Osaka is a huge striker of the ball.  Expect her to do more winning in 2018 and work her way up the rankings more.

9) Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.    She is very solid and clearly has more of a clay court style game.  She is lefty and is very consistent.  I expect her to continue her winning ways and to climb the rankings.

10) Sabalenka of Belarus. The 19 year old World #73 is like a young Sharapova.  She is a grunter and a big striker of the ball off of both wings.  I expect her to win more matches (as long as keeps her on straight)


Also, assuming they are healthy, If Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka come back for the full season then they have good chances of dominating the tour.  They will face opposition from players like Pliskova or Venus or Sharapova.  But when they are playing well, Serena and Azarenka are extremely hard for the other women to beat.

Let me know if you agree or disagree.  Or just let me know what players you think are the ones to watch in 2018.


Turn Pro Christopher Eubanks (Big Man)

Eubanks should go pro.

He played well against Fritz and Donaldson.   Fritz is a power player and Donaldson was a more solid version of Fritz and Donaldson had more training on the red clay so you can tell he plays with more margin of error.    In the end, Harrison was too strong and crafty for Eubanks.   Also, it was clear that Eubanks was not “on his game” against Harrison.    In his match against Fritz and Donaldson,  Eubanks played well by dominating with power tennis.   Big serving and big forehands.   He is 6 foot 8.   He should be able to crack more aces and hit more serves that are unreturnable.   if he has the desire then he should go Pro,  If Karlovic and Isner can do it then Eubanks can do it.      It was a great display by Eubanks and I think he could win more by “going for broke more often”    Attacking when his opponent is serving and going for aces in his game similar to Karlovic and Isner.   Also, Eubanks has a good one-handed backhand and a good slice.   He should continue to get up to the net.

I was happy with how Eubanks played and I hope he will keep playing more tournaments.  He has the game right now to be around the top 60 or top 70 of the ATP and he is going to have to “grind” to pull his game up to the top 30!   But Isner and Karlovic could do it.


Professional Tennis Update

As of Feb 26

Casper Ruud jumped up 75 spots in the ATP rankings.  18 year old from Norway.

Alexander Bublik jumped up 33 spots in the ATP Rankings.  19 year old from Kazakstan.

Elina SVITOLINA moved to number 10, her new career high ranking.

Catherine CICI Bellis moved to number 56 in the rankings at age 17 years old.

Will be interesting to see if there are any surprises that happen in March where Indian Wells and Miami are happening!