UTR Rating Top 10: Swiatek and Garcia Top Women's Year-end Rankings

UTR Rating Top 10: Swiatek and Garcia Top Women's Year-end Rankings

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After winning two Grand Slam titles and six other WTA crowns, Iga Swiatek stands tall as the best female player on the planet, and her place in the year-end UTR Rating list supports that fact. With a UTR Rating of 13.19, the Pole is the only woman rated in the 13s.

Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia (12.96) is the next player behind the dominant 21-year-old Swiatek. Let's take a look at who else finished inside the Top 10 year-end UTR Ratings.

Top 10 Women by UTR Rating

No. 1: Iga Swiatek (13.19)

Iga Swiatek will go for her second Grand Slam title of the season at the 2022 US Open.
Iga Swiatek won 88% of her matches in 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
  • Titles: Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Roland Garros, US Open, San Diego
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Caroline Garica (12.96)

With a win-loss record of 67-9, Swiatek stands above the rest of the crowd with the most titles, most wins, and the highest UTR Rating. Her rating was even higher earlier in the year, peaking at 13.40 over the summer. She strung together a 37-match win streak, going unbeaten across a full third of the season.

"This season has been so intense, and I'm so proud of myself that I could play so well till the end of it," she said after losing in the WTA Finals semifinals. "I'm happy that it's done."

No. 2: Caroline Garcia (12.96)

Caroline Garcia finished No. 2 in the women's year-end UTR Ratings.
Caroline Garcia reached new heights in 2022. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Titles: Bad Homburg, Warsaw, Cincinnati, WTA Final
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Iga Swiatek (13.19)

Garcia started the year ranked outside of the Top 100 on the WTA Tour, with a UTR Rating of 12.18. The 29-year-old picked up titles in Bad Homburg and Warsaw before snagging the WTA 1000 crown in Cincinnati as a qualifier. Momentum carried her all the way to the US Open semifinals, her career-best run at the Grand Slam level. A title at the WTA Finals capped off her resurgence into the top of the game. She's all the way up to No. 2 based on year-end UTR Ratings and No. 4 in the WTA rankings.

No 3: Simona Halep (12.93)

Simona Halep has a huge battle ahead of her to get back on the court. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Titles: Melbourne, Toronto
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Jessica Pegula (12.91)

Simona Halep has had a tumultuous season on and off the court, to say the very least. But her results still place her high on the Universal Tennis year-end UTR Ratings list with wins at the WTA 250 in Melbourne to start the season and at the National Bank Open WTA 1000 in Toronto during the summer.

At the end of October, the 31-year-old Romanian was provisionally suspended by the ITF for a doping violation from a sample provided in August. She's facing a four-year ban and is in the process of appealing the charges.

No. 4: Ons Jabeur (12.92)

Tunisia's Ons Jabeur will look to win her first Grand Slam in 2023. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
  • Titles: Madrid, Berlin
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Caroline Garica (12.96)

Ons Jabeur is used to making history as the best Arab tennis player in history, and this year was a memorable one for milestones. The 28-year-old reached two Grand Slam finals, at Wimbledon and the US Open, and collected 47 victories.

"I think the highlight of my season is just being consistent," Jabeur told WTA Insider. "I didn't just have one or two tournaments; I was consistent. I was pushing myself to do better, especially with my results on clay. It's amazing; just challenging myself there and being able to do that was really, really big for me."

No. 5: Jessica Pegula (12.91)

Jessica Pegula is the highest-rated American in the world. (AP Photo/Tim Heitman)
  • Titles: Guadalajara
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Elena Rybakina (12.87)

Jessica Pegula was at her most consistent form ever in 2022, reaching three Grand Slam quarterfinals and scoring over 40 wins at 42. She won her biggest title to date at the WTA 1000 in Guadalajara with wins over Elena Rybakina, Bianca Andreescu, Sloane Stephens, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sakkari.


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No. 6: Elena Rybakina (12.87)

Elena Rybakina won Wimbledon with wins over Simona Halep and Ons Jabeur. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
  • Titles: Wimbledon
  • Best win by UTR Rating: ​​Simona Halep (12.93)

Though she didn't appear in the WTA Finals after not picking up any WTA ranking points for her Wimbledon win, Rybakina made history in 2022 and is in the Top 10 based on UTR Rating. The 23-year-old became the first Kazakh to win a Grand Slam singles title when she defeated Jabeur at the All England Club.

"It’s so unexpectable these two weeks, what happened,” Rybakina said in London. “It was such a tough match mentally and physically, so in the end I was just super happy that it finished. In this moment I just didn’t believe that I made it.

No. 7: Liudmila Samsonova (12.86)

Liudmila Samsonova snagged three WTA titles during the summer. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
  • Titles: Washington DC, Cleveland, Tokyo
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Elena Rybakina (12.87)

Liudmila Samsonova may not be a household name just yet, but the 24-year-old had a summer breakthrough. She won back-to-back WTA 250 titles during the U.S. hard-court swing in Washington and Cleveland. Traveling to Japan, she won her biggest title of the year at the WTA 500 in Tokyo.

No. 8: Amanda Anisimova (12.81)

Amanda Anisimova started her season on a high note in Melbourne. (AP Photo/Simon Baker)
  • Titles: Melbourne
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Daria Kasatkina (12.78)

She had to wait nearly three years, but Amanda Anisimova won her first WTA title since 2019 when she captured the WTA 250 in Melbourne to start the season. The 21-year-old American also made her way back to a Grand Slam quarterfinal, at Wimbledon, for the first time since reaching the Roland Garros semifinals in 2019.

No. 9: Veronika Kudermetova (12.81)

Veronika Kudermetova had consistent results across the entire year. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
  • Finals: Melbourne, Dubai, Istanbul
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Ons Jabeur (12.92)

Though titles escaped the 25-year-old on three instances, Veronika Kudermetova reached the quarterfinals or better at 11 of the 20 events she played in 2022. She shined on the doubles court, winning three in Dubai and Rome, and capturing the WTA Finals (with Elise Mertens) to close out the season.

No. 10: Ekaterina Alexandrova (12.80)

Ekaterina Alexandrova scored a lot of upsets and won two WTA titles. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • Titles: 's-Hertogenbosch, Seoul
  • Best win by UTR Rating: Veronika Kudermetova (12.81)

Ekaterina Alexandrova snuck into the last spot in the Top 10 year-end UTR Ratings list. The 28-year-old won two WTA titles and scored wins across the season over the likes of Kudermetova, Azarenka, Stephens, Anisimova, Karolina Pliskova, Aryna Sabalenka, and Daria Kasatkina.

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•UTR Ratings as of 12:00 p.m. EST, December 2, 2022.

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