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Garbine Muguruza

At her best, Muguruza is probably the best player on tour, apart from Serena. The Spaniard is an obvious choice when it comes to the next dominant force on the WTA tour. Muguruza has shown her ability to perform well on every surface having won Roland Garros and Wimbledon as well as big titles on hard courts such as Cincinnati. Muguruza has the complete game, the only thing that has held her back at times in her mental fragility and tendency to break down physically. These issues have been greatly improved, once they are eradicated, Muguruza will be consistently winning major titles.

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Venus Williams

A legend of the game. An outstanding 2017 season for Venus saw her move back into the top 5 in the world, an age defying year. Venus came agonizingly close to winning another Grand Slam on a few occasions in 2017, an achievement that will motivate her moving forward. There are no signs of Venus slowing down just yet. Venus is continually improving, even at the later stages of her career, most notably a much improved forehand, a more compact and consistent shot, one of the best on tour. 

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Ashleigh Barty

Barty is a player on the rise. A very effective first and second serve are the hallmark of her game. Solid groundstrokes, variety from the baseline and a good ability at the net make the Aussie a very complete player with great potential.

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Anastasija Sevastova

Sevastova’s comeback has been impressive. A solid top 20 player. The Latvian had some big wins in 2017, most notably her fourth round win over Maria Sharapova at the U.S Open. Sevastova has a unique game, a huge amount of variety headlined by the best backhand drop shot in the business. Sevastova’s tendency to get down on herself and lack of big weapons are her downfall.

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