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Australian Open 2024: Form guide for this year's women's singles

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  • 'Big Four' starting to emerge

  • Iga's 11/53.20 16-match run on hard court

  • Rybakina 9/25.50warming up nicely


After five or six years of unpredictability in the women's game, there finally appears to be some sort of pecking order establishing itself on the WTA Tour.

During the past 12 months, four players have seemingly started to cement their positions at the head of world tennis.

Iga Swiatek 11/53.20 remains the No 1, closely followed by Aryna Sabalenka 7/24.50, with Cori Gauff 11/26.50 and Elena Rybakina 9/25.50ranked three and four respectively.

Fifth placed Jessica Pegula 17/118.00 is not that far behind Rybakina - with regards to WTA Ranking points.

However, the 29-year-old American has never progressed beyond the quarter-final stage of any Grand Slam, so is yet to prove herself at the very top tier of women's tennis.

As for the 'Big Four', Swiatek is a winner of four Slams, including three of the last seven.

Her record in Melbourne is not great, but she did win the US Open on hard court in 2022.

She ended last year on a high, with titles in Beijing and Cancun. At the prestigious WTA Tour Finals in Mexico, she won all five matches in straight sets.

That was a pretty impressive performance, as all five opponents were ranked inside the world's top seven.

In the final against Pegula, she destroyed the New Yorker 6-1, 6-0 in under an hour and is currently on a 16-match winning streak on hard courts.

Going into the opening Slam of 2024, Swiatek remains the most formidable opponent in the women's game right now.


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But not far behind is Sabalenka who is the only player to have reached the semi-finals in each of the last five Grand Slams.

She is the defending champion in Australia and 11 of her 13 Tour titles have come on hard court.

Gauff, who beat Sabalenka in New York last September to secure her maiden Grand Slam title, is a well-deserved world No 3.

The American doesn't turn 20 until March, so still has plenty of improving to do.

Gauff opened 2024 by successfully defending the title in Auckland thanks to a three-set victory over Elina Svitolina in the final.

Quietly making her way at No 4 is the 2022 Wimbledon champion Rybakina.

The 24-year-old who represents Kazakhstan lost to Sabalenka in last year's Melbourne final.

But when the same two players faced each other in the final of the Brisbane International last Sunday, it was Rybakina who held aloft the trophy after a crushing 6-0, 6-3 victory.


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However, the draw certainly favours Sabalenka and Gauff over Swiatek and Rybakina.

Swiatek's first round opponent is the 2020 champion Sofia Kenin who wasn't that far away from being seeded.

And waiting in the next round is either Danielle Collins or Angelique Kerber. Collins was runner-up two years ago, while three-time Slam winner Kerber won this title in 2016 and is returning to the sport following the birth of her first child.

Rybakina's opening opponent is the dangerous Karolina Pliskova who is a two-time Slam runner-up.

As for other potential candidates: Based on recent seasons, three-times Slam runner-up Ons Jabeur 40/141.00can't be ruled out, although the Tunisian has only once survived the first week in Melbourne.

And 34-year-old veteran Victoria Azarenka 90/191.00 might fancy her chances of having a strong run these next couple of weeks.

She is a two-time winner in Australia, and all five of her Grand Slam finals have been on hard court. The same applies to 20 of her 21 WTA Tour titles.

She reached the semi-finals 12 months ago and made it to the same stage of last week's Brisbane International.

Azarenka is certainly a tough opponent, although the current top four will take some beating when this year's opening Slam gets underway Down Under.

Last 10 Australian Open Performances (2014-23)


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Last 10 Grand Slams (selected players)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player U23 W23 F23 A23 U22 W22 F22 A22 U21 W21
Iga Swiatek R4 QF Won R4 Won R3 Won SF R4 R4
Aryna Sabalenka RU SF SF Won SF R3 R4 SF SF
Cori Gauff Won R1 QF R4 QF R3 RU R1 R2 R4
Elena Rybakina R3 QF R3 RU R1 Won R3 R2 R3 R4
Jessica Pegula R4 QF R3 QF QF R3 QF QF R3 R2
Ons Jabeur R4 RU QF R2 RU RU R1 R3 QF
Marketa Simkova Vondrousova QF Won R2 R3 R3 R2 R2
Maria Sakkari R1 R1 R1 R3 R2 R3 R2 R4 SF R2
Barbora Krejcikova R1 R2 R1 R4 R2 R3 R1 QF QF R4
Beatriz Haddad Maia R2 R4 SF R1 R2 R1 R2 R2
Jelena Ostapenko QF R2 QF R1 R4 R2 R3 R3
Zheng Qinwen QF R1 R2 R2 R3 R3 R4 R2
Liudmila Samsonova R3 R1 R2 R2 R4 R1 R2 R2 R4
Daria Kasatkina R4 R3 R4 R1 R1 SF R3 R3 R2
Veronika Kudermetova R1 R2 R1 R2 R4 QF R3 R1 R1
Caroline Garcia R1 R3 R2 R4 SF R4 R2 R1 R2 R1
Ekaterina Alexandrova R3 R4 R3 R3 R2 R2 R1 R2 R2
Victoria Azarenka R2 R4 R1 SF R4 R3 R4 R3 R2
Donna Vekic R1 R3 R2 QF R1 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2
Magda Linnette R2 R3 R1 SF R1 R2 R2 R2 R1 R3
Elina Svitolina R3 SF QF R3 QF R2
Sorana Cirstea QF R3 R1 R1 R2 R2 R2 R4 R2 R3
Anhelina Kalinina R1 R2 R1 R3 R2 R2 R2 R1 R2
Anastasia Potapova R1 R3 R3 R2 R2 R1 R1 R1
Elise Mertens R3 R2 R4 R3 R1 R4 R4 R4 R4 R3
Jasmine Paolini R1 R1 R2 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R2 R1
Lesia Tsurenko R2 R4 R4 R1 R1 R3 R1 R1
Angelique Kerber R3 R3 R1 R4 SF
Emma Navarro R1 R1 R2 R1
Sofia Kenin R2 R3 R1 R1 R1 R2
Ajla Tomljanovic R2 QF QF R2 R1 R3 QF
Marie Bouzkova R3 R4 R1 R1 R2 QF R2 R2 R1 R1
Leylah Fernandez R1 R2 R2 R2 R2 QF R1 RU R1
Xinyu Wang R4 R2 R3 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1
Zhu Lin R3 R1 R1 R4 R1 R1 R2
Karolina Pliskova R2 R1 R1 QF QF R2 R2 QF RU
Marta Kostyuk R1 R3 R1 R3 R2 R2 R1 R3 R1 R2
Petra Martic R2 R3 R2 R2 R3 R4 R1 R1 R2 R2
Linda Noskova R2 R1 R2 R1 R1
Martina Trevisan R2 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 SF R2 R2 R1
Varvara Gracheva R1 R2 R2 R3 R1 R3 R1 R3 R1
Katerina Siniakova R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R3
Sloane Stephens R1 R2 R4 R1 R2 R1 QF R1 R3 R3
Naomi Osaka R1 R1 R3 R3
Sara Sorribes Tormo R2 R2 R4 R1 R2 R2 R3 R2
Elisabetta Cocciaretto R1 R3 R3 R1 R1 R2
Peyton Stearns R4 R1 R3 R1
Anna Blinkova R1 R3 R3 R1 R1 R2
Emma Raducanu R2 R1 R2 R2 R2 Won R4
Shelby Rogers R1 R1 R2 R3 R1 R3 R1 R4 R3
Danielle Collins R2 R2 R1 R3 R4 R1 R2 RU R3 R2
Camila Giorgi R1 R1 R2 R3 R2 R1 R4 R3 R1 R2
Tatjana Maria R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 SF R1 R1
Katie Boulter R3 R3 R3 R1 R2
Mirra Andreeva R2 R4 R3
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova R2 QF R1 R3 R4 R3
Mayar Sherif R1 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R1
Greet Minnen R3 R1 R1 R2 R1 R1 R3 R1
Clara Burel R3 R1 R2 R3 R1 R1 R1 R1 R2
Lucia Bronzetti R3 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R1 R2
Amanda Anisimova R1 R1 QF R4 R4 R2 R1
Alycia Parks R1 R2 R1 R1
Magdalena Frech R2 R1 R2 R1 R3 R1 R1
Rebeka Masarova R2 R2 R1 R1 R2
Paula Badosa R2 R2 R4 R3 R4 R2 R4
Bernarda Pera R3 R1 R4 R3 R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 R1
Yulia Putintseva R1 R1 R3 R2 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R2
Nadia Podoroska R1 R2 R2 R2 R1 R1 R2
Lauren Davis R2 R1 R2 R2 R3 R2 R1 R2 R2
Xiyu Wang R2 R1 R1 R1 R3 R1 R2
Elina Avanesyan R2 R4 R1
Irina-Camelia Begu R1 R2 R3 R2 R2 R3 R4 R2 R1 R3
Anna Kalinskaya R2 R1 R2 R1 R1
Yuan Yue R1 R1 R3 R1
Camila Osorio R1 R2 R3
Taylor Townsend R3 R1 R2 R1 R1
Ashlyn Krueger R1 R1 R1
Clara Tauson R2 R3 R1 R1 R3 R2 R1
Tamara Korpatsch R2 R2 R1 R1
Viktorija Golubic R2 R1 R1 R2 R1 R1 R1 QF
Bai Zhuoxuan R2
Laura Siegemund R1 R3 R1 R1
Emina Bektas R1 R1
Diana Shnaider R2 R2
Kayla Day R1 R3
Cristina Bucsa R1 R2 R1 R3 R2 R1 R1 R1
Jaqueline Cristian R2 R1 R1 R2
Aliaksandra Sasnovich R1 R2 R1 R2 R2 R4 R1 R1 R3
Linda Fruhvirtova R1 R1 R1 R4 R2
Diane Parry R1 R2 R2 R1 R1 R3 R3 R1
Nao Hibino R1 R1 R1 R1 R2
Bianca Andreescu R3 R3 R2 R3 R2 R2 R4 R1
Oceane Dodin R2 R1 R1 R1 R1
Jodie Anna Burrage R2 R2 R1 R1
Claire Liu R1 R1 R2 R2 R1 R2 R1 R1 R1 R2
Aleksandra Krunic R3 R1 R2
Yafan Wang R2 R1
Alize Cornet R1 R2 R1 R1 R3 R4 R3 QF R1 R2
Daria Gavrilova Saville R2 R1 R1 R1 R3 R2
Caroline Wozniacki R4
Tamara Zidansek R1 R1 R1 R1 R3 R3 R2 R1

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