Coco Gauff’s emergence as the breakout star of 2023 came as no surprise to many who have been predicting her stardom since she was 15 years old. However, getting it right every year is a success in the realm of prediction punditry.
Here we explore seven under-the-radar talents who might not be on anyone’s list for a successful 2024.
1 Jessica Pegula
If you’re skeptical about describing Jessica Pegula as an under-the-radar star, you’re not alone.
However, Pegula is burdened with unfair media pressure regarding her inability to progress beyond the last eight in a Grand Slam.
Pegula has the quality to win a Grand Slam and 2024 might be the year she proves it and overcomes her last eight blues.
2 Karolina Muchova
Despite her top-ten finish in 2023 and reaching the finals and semis of major tournaments, Karolina Muchova doesn’t receive much attention in tennis columns.
She has been outshone by illustrious compatriots, making her rise less visible. However, Muchova can use this to her advantage and emerge as a major threat at significant events.
3 Beatriz Haddad Maia
Beatriz Haddad Maia has achieved top-20 finishes in the last two seasons but has yet to generate significant buzz as a potential big title winner.
As the first Brazilian woman to reach the semi-finals at Roland Garros in the Open Era, she possesses the game to be a threat in every major championship.
4 Jasmine Paolini
Jasmine Paolini, at age 28, is entering her prime and could be a real threat on clay.
She has excelled in home tournaments and is poised to leverage her experience to break into the top ten.
5 Emma Navarro
Emma Navarro has displayed an enduring appetite for top-level tennis this season, amassing 63 match wins in a total of 87. She is recognized for her toughness and the potential to become a champion.
6 Linda Noskova
At just 19 years old, Linda Noskova has already established herself on the WTA Tour, coming close to winning her first title at her home event in Prague.
She may not challenge the Grand Slam champions, but she appears to be a certainty to claim her first title in 2024.
7 Alycia Parks
Alycia Parks has received a fair bit of hype, but many aren’t convinced that she will set the court on fire in 2024.
However, after a busy 2023 season, if she gains any momentum in 2024, she could pose a challenge to even the best on the WTA Tour.
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Jessica Roberts serves up the latest in the world of tennis. With a love for the racket sport, she reports on tennis matches, player rankings, and Grand Slam events, ensuring readers stay informed about the tennis world.