Top 5 Up and Coming Players on the WTA Tour
1. Dayana Yastremska
Age: 19 (May 15, 2000).
Yastremska had a successful career at the junior level, finishing runner-up in the Girl’s Singles at Wimbledon in 2016.
She won her first ITF title and made her WTA debut that same year.
The Ukrainian player added another ITF trophy in 2017.
Yastremska has made it to the final on all three surfaces on the ITF circuit and won a third title in 2018.
Her first WTA Tour title came in 2018 as well, defeating sixth seed Wang Qiang at the Hong Kong Open.
After reaching the WTA’s top 100, Yatremska had a breakout year in 2019.
She added another two titles and made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon.
The Ukrainian rising star has three wins in three career WTA Tour finals.
Yatremska closed out the year as the number 22 player in the WTA rankings, further cementing her spot among the sport’s best young talents.
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2. Coco Gauff
Age: 15 (March 13, 2004)
Gauff is one of tennis’ most promising young players.
The American teen made her Junior Slam debut at the US Open as a 13-year old.
She made it to the final on her first try, losing to fellow American rising star Amanda Animisova.
Gauff won her first Junior Slam the following year at the French Open, while also reaching the number 1 rank.
The young star won her first WTA match in March 2019, having just turned 15 years old.
Her breakout performance came at Wimbledon after upsetting five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round.
Gauff continued to impress, advancing to the fourth round while also playing on Center Court for the first time.
She was eliminated by eventual champion Simona Halep.
In October, Gauff lost to Tamara Korpatsch in the qualifying round for the Linz Open.
She made it to the main draw as a Lucky Loser and defeated top 10 player Kiki Bertens on the way to her first career WTA title.
Gauff became the youngest player to win a WTA Tour singles title since 2004.
The young American is also a successful doubles player, having won two career WTA titles alongside Caty McNally.
3. Amanda Animisova
Age: 18 (August 31, 2001).
Animisova had a highly successful career at the junior level.
She had a career-high ranking of number 2 and finished runner-up at Roland Garros before winning her first junior Slam at the US Open in 2016.
The young American also made her WTA debut in 2016, at the French Open, and reached the second round.
She made it to four ITF finals the following year, winning one title.
She burst onto the professional scene in 2018, defeating WTA’s number 9 Petra Kvitova at Indian Wells.
Anisimova made it to her first WTA final that same year, finishing runner=up at the Japan Open.
The American rising star had a breakout year in 2019.
Anisimova reached the Australian Open’s fourth round and won her first WTA title in April.
Her big break came at the French Open, reaching the semifinals after eliminating the defending champion and former WTA number 1 Simona Halep.
Following the unexpected death of her father in August, Aminisova only entered two tournaments before the end of 2019.
She still finished the year ranked 21st, and was the youngest player inside the WTA’s top 60.
Aminisova is also highly successful off the court, having just signed a long-term sponsorship deal with Nike as the company’s next big star.
4. Marketa Voundrosova
Age: 20 (June 28, 1999).
Voundrosova was a highly successful doubles player at the Junior level, winning two Slam titles alongside Miriam Kolodziejova.
The young Czech player made her WTA debut as a 16-year old at the Prague Open in 2016, winning her first match.
After dealing with injuries, she returned to the circuit in 2017.
In only her second-ever main draw appearance, Voundrosova won her first career WTA singles title at Biel/Bienne.
She had a breakout year in 2019.
Despite not winning a title, Voundrosova made it to two International level finals.
Her biggest result, however, came at the French Open.
Voundrosova made it to the final without dropping a single set but lost to current number 1 Ashleigh Barty in straight sets.
Her performance was still impressive, as the young Czech became the first-ever teenager to reach a singles final since 2009.
Voundrosova ended her year after Wimbledon, undergoing left wrist surgery.
She is currently ranked number 16, the second-youngest player in the WTA’s top 20.
5. Bianca Andreescu
Age: 19 (June 16, 2000).
When it comes to early success, it’s hard to match what Andreescu has achieved.
The Canadian was another highly successful doubles player at the Junior level, winning two Slam titles alongside Carson Branstine.
Andreescu made her ITF debut in 2015 and won her first title the following year.
Her first WTA win came in 2017 at the Washington Open, which led to an impressive quarter-finals berth.
After spending one year away from the WTA Tour, she had a meteoric rise in 2019.
The Canadian won her first Slam match at the Australian Open.
Andreescu then upset three-times major champion and former world number 1 Angelique Kerber to win her first career WTA title at Indian Wells.
After dealing with injuries through the clay and grass seasons, she added a second Premier title at the Canadian Open.
The youngster then denied Serena Williams a record-tying 24th Slam title to win her first career major at the US Open.
Andreescu climbed to the world’s top 5 but had to end her year after withdrawing from the WTA Finals due to a knee injury.