2018 WTA Predictions: How did Moo’s Tennis Blog do?

It is time to review last year’s predictions! Actually, they weren’t that bad as I correctly predicted six of this year’s season ending top ten and managed to get Kvitova’s position spot on. Before posting my predictions for 2019, let’s take a look back at some of my statements from last year’s post and how they stacked up against reality.

If she can stay healthy, I think that Sharapova will sneak back into the world’s top ten again with at least one deep run at a Slam.

Hmmm… Sharapova did have a relatively deepish run at the French Open where she reached the quarter-finals, but finished the year at number 29 in the rankings. She ended her season early due to a shoulder injury.

I think that Kerber will thrive out of the spotlight and with a point to prove to get back into the world’s top ten.

I was right about Kerber’s trajectory although only had her sneaking into the top ten at 8. The German player had a sensational year, adding Wimbledon to her tally of Slams and finishing the year at world number 2.

I still remain a tad skeptical as to whether Wozniacki can string together seven match wins and triumph at a Slam. The Dane would likely have to get past an in-form big hitter and on a quick surface, compared to Singapore where she recently triumphed.

Nope! Wozniacki went onto win her first Slam in Melbourne.

 I’ve been yoyoing on Muguruza for the past few years but i’m currently high on the Spaniard.

Yoyoed the wrong way again! 🤣

Svitolina has improved her season-end ranking every single year she has been on the tour and I think she will do it again in 2018. Top of my list of newbies to win a first Slam.

I was right to have Svitolina moving up the rankings again but was off with my prediction that she’d win a Slam.

 I’ll never lose hope that Pavlyuchenkova will be able to put it all together on a consistent basis and improve her focus in matches. A top 12 finish.

Oh dear. I don’t think i’ve lost hope just yet but I am definitely not as high on Pavs as I was last year.

 I think there is a long way to go for Kasatkina in terms of finding the balance between defence and attack, but I do think she’s going to be a regulation top ten, top five player in years to come. A top 15 finish.

Wow I thought this was being bold! Kasatkina exceeded my expectations by cracking the world’s top 10 in 2018.

I really like Mertens’s attitude and temperament, and she is still going under the radar for me. A top 25 finish.

Mertens was on my radar but again, I did not see her moving up the rankings so quickly. Currently ranked at 12, Mertens has some big points to defend in Australia next year.

 A concern in Vikhlyantseva’s game is coming forward to the net, but those groundstrokes are lethal. A top 30 finish.

Oops. I was high on the Vik after watching her produce a serving masterclass in Moscow last year. The Russian player finished the season at 134 in the rankings after a disappointing season.

One to watch in 2018 and I think Sabalenka will be a seed for the final Slam of the year in 2018. A top 30 finish.

Yes… but again way off with the predicted ranking! Sabalenka cracked the world’s top 15 after a sensational second half to the season that saw her win 30 of her last 38 matches.

Just 16 but so much talent. Perhaps one year off her big breakthrough although I wouldn’t put it past Anisimova cracking the world’s top 100 in 2018.

Happy with this one. Anisimova did have a breakthrough year and sneaked into the world’s top 100 at 96.

All aboard for Potapova to be a thing in 2018. Like Anisimova, may be a year too early. Top 100 in sight.

Not a year too early! Potapova finished the year at 93 after reaching two WTA level finals.

Tenative Slam predictions:

Australian Open: Muguruza

French Open: Svitolina

Wimbledon: S.Williams

US Open: Ka. Pliskova

Oh… Serena made the final of Wimby but other than that, a disastrous set of Slam champ predictions for 2018!

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3 thoughts on “2018 WTA Predictions: How did Moo’s Tennis Blog do?

  1. I don’t think you did too badly James, they were mostly broadly right. The big unknown was which players would do well in Slams, which is very hard to predict; not many people thought ahead of the US Open that Naomi Osaka would be the champion (though it was probably less surprising than Jelena’s win at RG last year).

    I also thought Svitty would win a slam (probably the French), but it was Simona’s year at RG. The same with Kaja Pliskova, who promised much last year but somehow couldn’t put it all together when it most mattered in 2018.

    Could 2019 be the year Garbine finally parts company with Sam Sumyk?

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    • True, it was a fairly good prediction. It looks to me a careful study of the current top 20 rankings and you could pick a close top 10 for the upcoming season. As open as the wta has been, you can tell those who are prowling around tournament titles.

      Garbine must have lost a few ‘punters’ some good amount of change and some. But, she can also show up next year and boom, we’ll be off to the races. Hers is a mind thing I feel. Halep and Caroline were within my expectations. Osaka ‘s performance was clutch, I think it’s a level she found and not the normal. It is Kerber, shes found that winning formula. As to where she wants to go with it, we’ll see.

      I am happy with Halep and the account she’s given of her stay as the best ranked. I had my worries about power players taking advantage of her but she’s done pretty well, although I think power play may return next year. There is good clutch of young power hitters out there now. Injury free and a little mental control, it could see us return to some more fire power.

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    • Thanks, Graham. Nice to see a bit of an improvement from last year! Not sure about Muguruza-Sumyk, it looks like they will a least being starting the season together.

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