Serena Williams was out on her own as the top women’s player of this decade, but which WTA stars have the best chance of dominating the 2020s?
This decade is drawing to a close after Serena Williams stood head and shoulders above the competition to book her place in the history books over the last 10 years.
Serena won 12 of her total of 23 major singles titles in the 2010s and made another seven Slam finals, while no other player was victorious in more than 3, which was the number achieved by Angelique Kerber in second place.
There were a cluster of players who won two, including Maria Sharapova, Kim Clijsters and reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.
But with the great Serena Williams now 38 and nearing the end of her tennis career, there will be a new name who is crowned the player of the 2020s a decade from now.
There is some incredible depth in the women’s game, particularly among the younger players, some of whom have already won Grand Slams or competed deep into the second week of those tournaments.
In this article, we put forward some of the top candidates to follow in Serena Williams’ footsteps and win the most Grand Slams over the next decade.
It is a huge projection trying to pick out the best players over a 10-year period when so much can change based on form and injuries in the space of one season, never mind a decade.
We have therefore aimed to select players young enough to continue playing at the highest level for most or all of the next decade to maximise their chances of success. Focus has also been given to those who have shown at least initial signs they could develop into a consistent major winner.
Our first candidate is listed on the next page and we then run through our other selections up to a total of 10. After that, we have attempted the thankless task of trying to predict who the most successful player of the 2020s will be.
We hope you enjoy our list of the top candidates to succeed Serena Williams and become the best player of the next decade.