Simona Halep, 10. The mental strength shown by the Romanian wiped out all the criticisms of the detractors. Finally, in the moment of need, Simona pulled out everything she had inside, deservingly winning the first Major of her career.
This year can be a turning point; if the mental block has been overcome, she can add more Majors to her collection. Consecrated! Serena Williams, 9. Who is Captain Marvel? She is the real hero of sport. 305 days after becoming a mother, Serena played and lost the Wimbledon final, then the US Open final.
The drama in the final against Naomi Osaka was just another piece of her grit. Superheroine! Naomi Osaka, 9. At 20 years, she won the first Premier Mandatory and the first Major of her career. A star was born! Caroline Wozniacki, 9.
She started with the victory at the Australian Open, the first career Slam. The ups and downs of the season have had a name: rheumatoid arthritis. She will have to live with this problem in the future, but her grit will help her overcome this challenge.
Best wishes! Angelique Kerber, 9. The victory at Wimbledon puts her a step away from completing the career Grand Slam. After the difficult 2017, she returned to a high level. Welcome back! Petra Kvitova, 7. Five titles won, but in the Majors, she got only disappointments.
Overall a good year, perhaps a prelude to a great 2019. Lights and shadows! Maria Sharapova, 5. Injuries affected her performances throughout the season. Grit is not enough; she will have to solve the physical problems if she wants to get back to the top.
But it was not. However she is young, and she has time to improve. Patience! Dayana Yastremska, Aryna Sabalenka and the other young players, 7. Titles, great performances and unexpected goals. Next year, Yastremska, Sabalenka, Olga Danilovic and the other youngsters, will have to confirm the good things seen in 2018.
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