Who Could Be 2nd Behind Swiatek At The End Of The Year?

Iga Swiatek (photo: Roland Garros video)

STARNBERG, October 3, 2022 (Guest Post)

After winning the US Open, Iga Swiatek made history by clocking three Gram Slam titles. The tennis champion is set to grace the court yet again in Ostrava in October 2022. The recent feat has got tongues of tennis fans wagging. Who could finish the season second behind Swiatek in 2022? For outright tennis bets, consider our excellent array of sporting markets with the highest odds.

Possible Contenders for the Second Spot

Many names have been put forward as serious contenders for the second spot later this year. Meanwhile, Iga Swiatek will play along with other top ten seeds in his first tournament after claiming the US Open title. Notable names in the upcoming indoor campaign are Anett Kontaveit, Paula Badosa and Maria Sakkari. Her closest rival, Ons Jaber will head to Tunisia for another campaign in the first week of October.

After three major singles titles in the 2020 French Open, French Open 2022 and the latest singles title in the 2022 US Open, Iga Swiatek now faces the challenge of remaining top of the world. The competition is fierce. The following are other women tennis players who could claim the second spot later this year:

Ons Jabeur

The Women Tennis Association ranks Ons Jabeur as the current World’s Number 2 Singles tennis player. She achieved the feat in June 2022. But the question is, can she retain the spot and finish the season behind Iga Swiatek in December? Ons Jabeur leads the charts in Tunisia and is the highest-ranked African/Arabian in ATP and WTA. She reached her second major finals in September. The 28-year-old is on course to become runners-up but that will depend on how she performs in the remaining events. She boats 3 career titles in tennis singles. Ons Jabeur hasn’t won a Grand Slam.

Paula Badosa

Another women’s tennis singles player who could ramp up the year with a second finish behind Iga Swiatek is Paula Badosa. The Spanish player was at some point, ranked second worldwide. She is currently third in world rankings by points. Her highest ranking (second) was announced this year in April by the Women’s Tennis Association. While she is also yet to win a Grand Slam, Paula Badosa has bagged three titles in the WTA singles Tour. Her performance in the singles peaked in the French Open 2021 where she reached the quarterfinals. Badosa’s best title so far is the Indian Wells Masters title. Like Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa boasts three career titles to date.

Jessica Pegula

American tennis player, Jessica Pegula also makes it to the list of those who could finish the season second behind Iga Swiatek. Pegula ranks fifth in WTA Singles, a feat she achieved in September this year. She is also ranked 6th by career WTA doubles. Notably, Jessica Pegula defeated the current world number one (Iga Swiatek) in the second round of the 2019 Washington Citi Open. She went ahead to win the first WTA title in that encounter.

Other notable names likely to finish the season in second place are Aryna Sabalenka, Maria Sakkari and Anett Kontaveit.