Caroline Garcia had a fine opportunity to finish her season in glory, following her part in the heartbreak for France in the Fed Cup, who were ousted by the Czechs, but it was again despair as Russian, Ekaterina Alexandrova reigned supreme. Read more
16 – Elena Vesnina, Russia, Age – 30
2016 was arguably Vesnina’s finest season on tour, which is a remarkable achievement, given that she has played parts of 15 seasons now. She reached her 1st ever SF at a grand slam at Wimbledon, with a fine result. A Doubles Finalist appearance with Makarova in Roland Garros, will surely remain in her memory for some time also.
The Czech girls have won their 4th Fed Cup in 5 years, in a thrilling finale in Strasbourg, indoors 3-2, with a live Doubles decider. The 1st game of the tie was a sensational battle between 2 of the young stars of the game, Karolina Pliskova and Kristina Mladenovic, who needed 30 games to split them in the deciding set, the longest in history, before Pliskova prevailed.