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Tennis: A review of 2018

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Roar Guru
20th December, 2018
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2018 saw the older big names (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer) continue to dominate men’s tennis.

Djokovic regained the world number one ranking from Nadal and picked up two grand slam singles titles during the year, with victories at Wimbledon and the US Open.

Federer won the Australian Open to take his career grand slam singles tally to a record-breaking 20, while Nadal won his 11th French Open.

Only three of the world’s current top ten men’s players are aged under 30 – Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori.

There are now six Australian men ranked in the top 100 – Alex de Minaur (31), Nick Kyrgios (35), John Millman (38), Matthew Ebden (46), Jordan Thompson (72) and Bernard Tomic (83).

Only Kyrgios, Ebden and Thompson were in the top 100 a year ago.

Below is the top 10 in both the men’s world rankings at the end of 2018 (with the player’s position at the end of 2017 in brackets).

1. Novak Djokovic – Serbia (12)
2. Rafael Nadal – Spain (1)
3. Roger Federer – Switzerland (3)
4. Alexander Zverev – Germany (4)
5. Juan Martin del Potro – Argentina (11)
6. Kevin Anderson – South Africa (14)
7. Marin Cilic – Croatia (6)
8. Dominic Thiem – Austria (5)
9. Kei Nishikori – Japan (22)
10. John Isner – USA (17)

In contrast to the men’s top 10, nine of the top-ranked women at the end of 2018 are aged under 30. Angelique Kerber is the only exception. Here are the current standings of the top 10 women, along with their position at the end of last year.

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1. Simona Halep – Romania (1)
2. Angelique Kerber – Germany (21)
3. Caroline Wozniacki – Denmark (3)
4. Elina Svitolina – Ukraine (6)
5. Naomi Osaka – Japan (68)
6. Sloane Stephens – USA (13)
7. Petra Kvitova – Czech Republic (29)
8. Karolina Pliskova – Czech Republic (4)
9. Kiki Bertens – The Netherlands (31)
10. Daria Kasatkina – Russia (24)

In the women’s grand slam singles events, there were four different winners in 2018.

Caroline Wozniacki (Australian Open), Simona Halep (French Open) and Naomi Osaka (US Open) all won their first majors, while Angelique Kerber’s Wimbledon win was her third in a grand slam singles event.

Ash Barty is Australia’s top-ranked singles player at 15. Three other Australian women are in the top 100 – Daria Gavrilova (35), Ajla Tomljanovic (46) and Sam Stosur (72).