On the latest WTA ranking list, we can find 26 juniors (all players born in 2000 or later) in the Top 500 who will carry the women's tennis in the years to come. Some of them were in New York to chase Grand Slam glory at the last Major of the season while others stayed on the Pro Tour, seeking WTA points and higher positions in the rankings.
An 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska is the leader of the pack and the youngest player in the Top 100, losing in the opening round at the US Open and reaching the quarter-final in Chicago last week to earn 39 points in total for a career-high ranking.
After winning her first WTA title in Moscow, Olga Danilovic has returned to action in New York, losing in the second qualifying round to stand just outside the Top 100 with additional 20 points. The 16-year-old Marta Kostyuk is the third-best U18 player in the world and also the youngest one in the Top 500, failing to reach the main draw at the US Open in only her second event after Wimbledon.
Anastasia Potapova is another talented youngster who fell to qualify for the US Open but she earned 30 points for a career-high ranking, just three places ahead of Amanda Anisimova who suffered the opening round loss in New York to Taylor Townsend.
After reaching the second round at Wimbledon, Claire Liu has won another Grand Slam match at the US Open, earning 70 points and achieving a career-high ranking. The 17-year-old Pole Iga Swiatek has made a great progress in the last two weeks, winning back-to-back $60,000 titles in Budapest and Montreux to grab 160 points and crack the Top 200 for the first time.
The biggest Slovenian hope Kaja Juvan has also found her place in the Top 200 after winning the $25,000 title in Bagnatica and playing in the quarter-final of the $60,000 event in Zagreb. Katarina Zavatska is the 9th player on the list and the first ranked outside the Top 200, suffering early losses in the qualifying round at the US Open and the main draw in Montreux, hoping for better results in the following weeks.
Xiyu Wang has become the first Chinese girl with a junior Grand Slam title and she can now focus on her pro career and the place inside the Top 200 by the end of the season, possessing the quality for much more than that.
Overall, Marta Kostyuk and Whitney Osuigwe are the only players born in 2002 in the Top 500 and 16 of those 26 players were born in 2000, spending their last junior season before stepping down to clear the space for the upcoming players born in 2002 and 2003. The U18 players in the Top 500 of the WTA list:
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