Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep Trump Serena Williams in an Incredible Year-End Stat

Published 12/19/2020, 9:18 AM EST
Naomi Osaka of Japan cries after winning the Women’s Singles finals match alongside runner up Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


In a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 season gave us a lot of great matchups and new winners as well. The win percentage stat from the 2020 WTA season has US Open 2020 champ Naomi Osaka leading the lines. She is very closely followed by Simona Halep and then comes Serena Williams.

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Naomi Osaka trends upward

Osaka had a win percentage of 88.9. She had won 16 of her 19 matches. Halep was very close, as she had a win percentage of 88.5. Halep won 23 out of her 26 matches.

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Serena Williams’ lackluster season

But Serena was a bit behind the top two. She had a respectable 80% win percentage. Serena won 17 out of her 22 matches. But it was another frustrating year for the American. She only won one tournament in 2020, and her best Grand Slam result was the semifinal appearance at the US Open.

Serena had a shock third-round loss at the Australian Open. After the pandemic break, she had below-par performances and she couldn’t get past Victoria Azarenka in the US Open semis. Then she suffered an ankle injury during the French Open 2020, which ultimately ended her season.

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But Osaka had a great turnaround to her season. She wasn’t doing well before the pandemic break. But after tennis resumed, the Japanese ace won eleven matches out of twelve. She couldn’t play the Cincinnati Masters Final due to injury other than that it was a flawless period that included a Grand Slam triumph.

What could have been for Simona Halep in 2020?

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Halep had a mixed season. The Romanian surely had to win a Grand Slam, but she didn’t. Instead, she won three titles and enjoyed a decent season, but she was capable of more. She had a record of 13-1 after the season restart, which had the 13 match win streak on the clay court. She entered the French Open as a heavy favorite but was thrashed by 19-year-old and eventual winner Iga Swiatek.

Simona Halep of Romania speaks to her coach Darren Cahill. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Easily it can be seen that Serena is the player that will have to do a lot to bridge this gap. Halep and Osaka have been doing well for the past few years and will look to continue their form in 2021.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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