Stats Corner: Newcomer Of Year, And Then...

Eugenie Bouchard is seeking to become the latest Newcomer Of The Year to improve her season-ending ranking the following year.

Published November 20, 2013 12:02

Stats Corner: Newcomer Of Year, And Then...
Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard was announced as the WTA's Newcomer Of The Year on Wednesday after a season that saw her make her first WTA final in Osaka, to go along with semifinal showings in Strasbourg and Québec City. In fact, after going from No.144 to No.32 over the last 12 months, she concluded the season as the WTA's top-ranked teen.

So, will Bouchard's ranking continue to soar in 2014? Based on the history of Newcomer Of The Year winners, there's a good chance - as 24 of the 36 saw their year-end ranking improve the following year:

Newcomer Of Year Final Ranking Next Year Ranking Change
1977: Tracy Austin No.12 No.6 +6
1980: Andrea Jaeger No.7 No.4 +3
1981: Kathy Rinaldi Stunkel No.33 No.15 +18
1982: Zina Garrison No.16 No.12 +4
1983: Carling Bassett-Seguso No.20 No.11 +9
1985: Gabriela Sabatini No.12 No.9 +3
1987: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario No.54 No.18 +36
1990: Jennifer Capriati No.8 No.6 +2
1993: Iva Majoli No.46 No.13 +33
1994: Irina Spirlea No.43 No.21 +22
1995: Martina Hingis No.16 No.6 +10
1996: Anna Kournikova No.65 No.32 +33
1997: Venus Williams No.22 No.5 +17
1998: Serena Williams No.20 No.4 +16
1999: Kim Clijsters No.46 No.18 +28
2000: Daja Bedanova No.53 No.28 +25
2001: Daniela Hantuchova No.38 No.8 +30
2002: Svetlana Kuznetsova No.43 No.36 +7
2003: Maria Sharapova No.32 No.4 +28
2004: Tatiana Golovin No.27 No.24 +3
2006: Agnieszka Radwanska No.57 No.26 +31
2008: Caroline Wozniacki No.12 No.4 +8
2009: Petra Kvitova No.34 No.2 +32
2012: Laura Robson No.53 No.46 +7

While a Newcomer Of The Year improving their ranking the following year is fairly common, going all the way to Grand Slam glory is quite rare, as only three have done so:

Newcomer Of Year Slam Title
1998: Serena Williams 1999 US Open
2003: Maria Sharapova 2004 Wimbledon
2010: Petra Kvitova 2011 Wimbledon

Note: In addition to the three players above, Tracy Austin, Gabriela Sabatini, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Conchita Martínez, Jennifer Capriati, Iva Majoli, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Svetlana Kuznetsova also went on to capture Grand Slam titles, but not the very next year after winning Newcomer Of The Year.

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