Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Guessing the Top 10 USA Women for 2015

Click here for the men's predictions.

It's been a fun year for On the Rise (a tennis blog) and to celebrate, here is the last post of 2014. Thanks to Parsa and Patrick for their participation!  

As with the men, I did not invite my colleagues to speculate on where in the overall WTA rankings each player would finish, but did include it for myself. 

And as always, please feel free to include your thoughts in the comments!


ParsaPatrick RourkeJonathan Kelley
1. Serena1. Serena1. Serena (2)
2. Keys2. Keys2. Keys (15)
3. Sloane3. Sloane3. Venus (19)
4. CoCo4. Venus4. CoCo (25)
5. Venus5. Lepchenko5. Lepchenko (30)
6. Riske6. Davis6. Sloane (40)
7. Rogers7. McHale7. Riske (45)
8. Lepchenko8. Riske8. McHale (50)
9. McHale9. CoCo9. Townsend (60)
10. Townsend10. Townsend10. Mattek-Sands (65)

Average picks:
1. Serena Williams (1.0) - was #1 in 2014
2. Madison Keys (2.0) was #3 in 2014
3 (T). Venus Williams (4.0) - was #2 in 2014 
          Sloane Stephens (4.0) was #5 in 2014
5. CoCo Vandeweghe (5.67) was #6 in 2014
6. Varvara Lepchenko (6.0) was #4 in 2014
7. Alison Riske (7.0) - was #7 in 2014
8. Christina McHale (8.0) was #8 in 2014
9. Taylor Townsend (9.67) was #14 in 2014

Others receiving votes: Davis (1), Rogers (1), Mattek-Sands (1)

Searing analysis: Really a shocking lack of movement expected by our esteemed panel. Only Taylor Townsend is not currently among the Top 10 American women, and she's 14th and just coming into her own. Clearly expectations are sky-high for Madison Keys, who has not one but two new coaches who hopefully will be able to instill in her a killer mentality.

Some notable names not included: Madison Brengle, Irina Falconi, Nicole Gibbs, and Grace Min.

Finally, for the heck of it, I'm including my prediction of how women born 1994 and later will sort themselves out this coming year.


Jonathan Kelley
1. Keys
2. Townsend
3. Min
4. Chirico
5. Brady
6. Kiick
7. Bellis
8. Vickery
9. Duval 
10. Stewart

See you-all in 2015!

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