Review of the 2015 Season

11082015VWilliamsVenus Williams showed us that age is just a number as she won three titles and fought her way back into the top ten.  The world was enthralled by Serena Williams’ dominance and the possibility of her winning the Grand Slam. We saw the number two ranking change hands numerous times until finally Simona Halep took it at the end of the season. Halep had her best season to date in terms of ranking; however, Halep won more titles in 2013. Garbine Muguruza showed the talent that we had heard about for so long and seen last year when she comprehensively defeated Serena Williams in the second round of the French Open.  Muguruza backed it up this year, winning her second singles title and making it to her first Major Final at Wimbledon.  Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova were frustrated by injury and they are both hoping to rebound in 2016.  Agnieszka Radwanska turned her season around by winning three titles, including her biggest title to date of – the WTA Finals.  The surprise of the WTA Tour was Flavia Pennetta; she won her first Major singles title at the US Open and subsequently announced her retirement.

The ATP TOUR 2015 season also had its share of excitement.  Novak Djokovic continued his dominance and maintained a strangle hold of the number one ranking.  He also had the possibility of winning the Grand Slam, but once again he was derailed at the French Open, losing in the final to Stan Wawrinka.  The number two ranking also changed hands a few times before Andy Murray got the position at the end of the season.  It was the third year in a row that Roger Federer failed to win a Major title. Rafael Nadal showed signs late in the season that he was regaining his confidence and ended the year ranked number five after he had fallen to number ten earlier in the season.  072015 AZverevKei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic were all affected by injury and they all saw their ranking drop.  Of the three, Nishikori is the only one still in the top ten at the end of the season at number eight. It was the year that some promising young players showcased their talent: Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, Dominic Thiem, and Alexander Zverev.

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