Biggest Tennis Breakthroughs of 2019


Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:44 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 12:44 PM UTC

Find out some of the players who enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2019.
<div><h2><b>Biggest Tennis Breakthroughs Of 2019</b></h2><p>In the world of sports, one of the most enjoyable occasions is when a new challenger appears, someone who breaks the mould, an unknown entity that excites the masses. This past year was one filled with plenty of new faces for tennis enthusiasts to get acquainted with. Obviously, there were plenty of names that fit the bill here, but we have no way of including all of those in this article. With that said, in no particular order, let´s take a look at some of the biggest breakthroughs of the 2019 tennis season.</p><p> </p><h2><b>Bianca Andreescu, Canada, 19 years old</b></h2><p>Who would´ve thought that a player ending her 2018 season ranked world number 152 would be one of the most talked about sensations just a year later? Together with stellar coach Sylvain Bruneau, the Mississaugan Mammoth put together a year to remember. Showcasing her neverending grit and variety whilst playing through several injuries, the teenage Canadian superstar was able to pick up no less than <b>four</b> WTA titles. Three of those were massive, coming at "the fifth slam" at Indian Wells, the Rogers Cup on home soil in Toronto - and shocking the world enroute to a US Open title. At several points in the season, the 19-year old held impressive win streaks, going unbeaten in completed matches for 6 months, and a 17-match win streak from Rogers Cup to Beijing. All of this was accomplished even while missing over <b>four </b>months due to injuries, and if Bianca manages to stay fit she´s proven to be a contender for any big title.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Bianca Andreescu (&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Bandreescu_&lt;/a&gt;) has been named the 2019 &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#LouMarsh&lt;/a&gt; Award winner as Canada's athlete of the year! &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#SheTheNorth&lt;/a&gt; 🇨🇦🙌 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Tim and Sid (@timandsid) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;December 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><b>Jannik Sinner, Italy, 18 years old</b></h2><p>Over the last 12 months, Jannik Sinner has been among the most meteoric of risers on tour. Ending his 2018 campaign ranked 551 in the world, already up over 1000 ranking spots from the 1592 starting point, 2019 would be even better. The 18-year old then embarked on a journey that saw him win <b>six </b>titles in total, two from the Futures tour, three Challenger titles along with winning the ATP Next Gen Finals. While possessing ferocious power on his groundstrokes, Sinner makes it completely effortless. Along with a calm demeanor on court &amp; no outstanding weaknesses, this breakthrough reminds me of a young Rafael Nadal bursting through on tour more than a decade ago. Jannik has already showed he has the ability to hang with the big boys, producing a stellar performance to force 3-time Major titlist Stanislas Wawrinka to four sets at the US Open - along with upset victories over Gael Monfils and Philipp Kohlschreiber.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Jannik Sinner, 18 years old, plays an incredible match to easily beat Alex De Minaur 4-2, 4-1, 4-2 and win the ATP NextGen Finals. It's SinnerMania time in Milan!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;[getty] &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— José Morgado (@josemorgado) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;November 9, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><b>Cori Gauff, USA, 15 years old</b></h2><p>Could this young lady become the next Serena Williams? That´s the kind of talk surrounding Coco Gauff right now, who made an astronomical impact on the tennis world this past season. Starting the year ranked 686, a final appearance at the Surprise ITF on home soil turned some heads. Coming from a set down to defeat fellow promising young American Caty McNally in Miami would be Gauff´s first WTA victory. The 15-year old continuted to play well on home soil during the clay court swing, and the budding star would receive a wild card into qualifying, for the most prestigious tournament of them all, Wimbledon, for her efforts. Successfully qualifying for the main draw, Cori expressed a wish to face up against either of her two idols, Serena- or Venus Williams. That wish was granted, and the young American was able to produce one of the upsets of the season when defeating a player 24 years her senior, the five-time Champion Venus Williams - in straight sets. After a summer surge that saw the fearless youth make it all the way to a last 16 appearance, Gauff would win her maiden WTA title in Linz in October. One can´t help but feel excited for what´s to come for "Coco" in the future.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;🇺🇸 Cori Gauff's amazing &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Wimbledon&lt;/a&gt; run comes to an end!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;👶 Youngest player to qualify for &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Wimbledon&lt;/a&gt; in Open era.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🤩 Beat &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@VenusesWilliams&lt;/a&gt; in the first round.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;😱 That comeback in the third round.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;😥 Knocked out by #7 &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Simona_Halep&lt;/a&gt; in round of 16.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;🤯 15 year old phenomenon. &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— SPORF (@Sporf) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;July 8, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2><b>Daniil Medvedev, Russia, 23 years old</b></h2><p>Large in stature, with the long, inflexible limbs and powerful serve that tends to follow, Daniil Medvedev breaks the "big man" mould. Whilst possessing enormous pace on serve, and ferocious ballstriking skills, the 23-year old Russian prefers to play close to the baseline and grind out his wins. Able to switch up his strategy and enforce a "Plan B" when Plan A isn´t working is a skill that separates him from many of the other Next Gen Stars, and makes Medvedev all the more dangerous. Make no mistake, Daniil was already a top player in 2018, ending the year ranked world number 16, but what he accomplished this season was truly remarkable. Able to raise his game to an entirely different level, the Russian was able to reach three semifinals and five finals along with picking up four titles. The 23-year old also stood for one of the most impressive runs in recent memories, putting together a scintillating summer surge where he reached <b>six consecutive finals</b>, winning the title in half of those. While his body finally did betray him towards the final weeks of the season, the new world number 5 almost coming from 2-0 down to beat Rafael Nadal in the US Open final is one of the highlights of the year.</p><p><a href=";a=f339dce1-88de-4994-ab6a-c24e019bdf3b&amp;f=3"><img alt src="" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p></div>
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