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Teen Revolution | Players born in the 2000s who have made WTA finals

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 15 Apr 2019
  • Players born in the 2000s who have made WTA finals
  • Bianca Andreescu, Amanda Anisimova, and Dayana Yastremska all feature
Bianca Andreescu

Igor Swiatek’s run to the Lugano final brought the number of players born in the 2000s to contest WTA finals to six- we look through the six players leading the WTA’s teenage revolution.

Anastasia Potapova, (born 30 March 2001)

Russia's Anastasia Potapova and Serbian, Olga Danilovic made history at the Moscow River Cup last July when they became the first players born in this millennium to reach a WTA final. Potapova was actually the first, as her semi-final came before Danilovic's.

The 17-year-old, who reached No. 1 in the junior rankings and won the Wimbledon Girls' title in 2016, had won just one WTA match prior to Moscow, but she turned on the style in her home event, beating Viktoriya Tomova, Kristyna Pliskova, Valentina Ivakhnenko and Tamara Zidansek (via retirement) to reach the historic final. She couldn't quite get over the line, as she fell to Danilovic in a dramatic final.

Potapova naturally enjoyed a rankings surge after her Moscow exploits, jumping from 204th in the world to 135th, and she climbed even further when she made another final in Tashkent later in the year (lost to Margarita Gasparyan)- a result that propelled her into the top 100. 

Currently ranked 74th, Potapova possesses a career-high ranking of 70th, a mark she reached in March 2019. She is yet to really find her feet this season, with her one marquee result being a semi-final in Budapest, while she has failed to get through qualifying rounds in Hobart, Indian Wells and Miami.

Olga Danilovic (born 23 January 2001)

Hours after Potapova booked her spot in the Moscow final, fellow 17-year-old, Danilovic joined the Russian in the title match, following a gripping 7-5 6-7 6-4 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

She had earlier gone past seasoned pros, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Kaia Kanepi and Julia Goerges in straight sets before taking out Sasnovich. She would go on to complete a dream week with an equally thrilling 7-5 6-7 6-4 victory over Potapova.

Danilovic did not only become the first player born in the 2000s to win a WTA title, she also became the first lucky loser to go all the way.

The Serbian left-hander rose to 112th on the rankings after her title run, and she briefly broke into the top 100 before the end of the year, but she ended the season at 108th. She has struggled since that Moscow run, winning just one tour-level main draw match, and is currently ranked 119th in the world.

Amanda Anisimova (born 31 August, 2001)

Two weeks after her 17th birthday, American teenager, Amanda Anisimova advanced to first WTA final in Hiroshima following a 7-6 7-5 victory over Shuai Zhang in the semi-finals. Despite losing to Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh in the title match, Anisimova broke into the top 100 with her efforts, becoming the youngest player to join that group.

Anisimova was a brilliant junior, reaching No. 2 in the world and winning the US Open Girls' title in 2017, and she made her first significant moves on the WTA Tour early in 2018, when she reached the fourth round at Indian Wells, defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Petra Kvitova in the process. Her progress was held back by a foot injury which kept her out of action for four months, but she picked up from where she left off on her return, reaching another milestone with her maiden final in Hiroshima. Anisimova has continued her rise in 2019- scoring her maiden Grand Slam wins at the Australian Open, where she made the fourth round, and now, capturing her first career title in Bogota, all before her 18th birthday. Victory in Bogota pushed Anisimova to a new career-high ranking of No. 54, and it's surely now just a matter of time before breaks into the top 50 and beyond.

Dayana Yastremska (born 15 May 2000)

Dayana Yastremska became the fourth player born in the 2000s, after the aforementioned trio, to reach a WTA final, when she powered through the Hong Kong championship match last October. 

The Czech teenager, who was runner-up to Potapova in the Wimbledon Girls' final in 2016, took out Fanny Stollar, Saisai Zheng, Kristina Kucova and Shuai Zhang to reach the championship match, and she crowned a terrific week by dismissing Qiang Wang 6-2 6-1 in the final to claim a memorable title. She backed up that run with a semi-final in Luxembourg, and ended the year inside the top 60.

Potapova began 2019 on a not too dissimilar note, quickly claiming her title in Hua Hin. She currently holds the distinction of the only player born in the 2000s to own multiple tour-level titles! Her form has not been great in recent weeks, as she suffered opening round exits in Dubai and Indian Wells, and a second-round elimination in Miami, but it's surely just a matter of time before she returns to her swashbuckling best, and continues her rise up the rankings.

Bianca Andreescu (born 16 June, 2000)

After their exploits in 2018, those teenagers did not take long to make their marks on 2019, with 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu leading the way. 

Andreescu fired warning shots of what's to come with a fine runner-up finish in Auckland, beating Caroline Wozniacki, Venus Williams and Su-Wei Hsieh en route her maiden tour-level final in just her fourth main draw event. She lost that final to Julia Goerges, but she didn't have to wait too long for her maiden title. Two months after Auckland, Andreescu produced a magnificent fortnight to claim the Indian Wells title, beating top-ten stars, Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber in dramatic three-set semi-finals and finals respectively to win the Premier Mandatory tournament in stunning fashion.

Andreescu followed that with more giant-killing in Miami, where she took out Kerber again, but her remarkable March ended in the fourth round as she was forced to retire hurt against Anett Kontaveit. 

The Canadian began the season outside the top 100, but she is very much in the big league now, residing comfortably with the world's top-30.

Iga Swiatek (born 31 May 2001)

The teenagers just keep coming, and the latest arrival is Igor Swiatek, the reigning Wimbledon Girls' junior champion. 

The 17-year-old Swiatek did not make her WTA main draw debut until 2019, featuring as a qualifier in Auckland and Budapest, and reaching the second round in both tournaments, but she took it all the way to the final in Lugano, beating Katarina Zavatska, Viktoria Kuzmova, Vera Lapko and Kristyna Pliskova to reach her maiden final. The youngsters couldn't quite finish the job, as she fell in three sets to Polona Hercog in the title match.

For her efforts, Swiatek joins the top 100 league, moving to 88th after Lugano, having begun the season at 179th in the world.

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