World No.3 Caroline Wozniacki, No.4 Karolina Pliskova, and No.6 Elina Svitolina affirmed their hard-court mettle in 2017, proving to be the toughest outs on tour when it came to the hard courts. SAP Tennis Analytics breaks out the numbers from a hotly-contested hard court season.
Wozniacki led the tour with 41 wins on hard courts, while Svitolina and Pliskova edged her when it came to hard-court winning percentage . In fact, for much of the season, Svitolina and Pliskova's hard court success came at the expense of the Dane.
En route to becoming the first woman to win three Premier 5 titles in a single season, Svitolina defeated Wozniacki in the finals of Dubai and Toronto. Similarly, Pliskova had to go through Wozniacki to win two of her three overall titles, doing so in the finals of Doha and Eastbourne, the latter of which was on grass.
MOST HARD COURT TITLES
1. Elina Svitolina: 3 (Taipei City, Dubai, Toronto) (5 total)
2-T. Karolina Pliskova: 2 (Brisbane, Doha) (3 total)
2-T. Caroline Wozniacki: 2 (Tokyo, WTA Finals) (2 total)
2-T. Caroline Garcia: 2 (Wuhan, Beijing) (2 total)
2-T. Julia Goerges: 2 (Moscow, WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai) (2 total)
2-T. Johanna Konta: 2 (Sydney, Miami) (2 total)
2-T. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: 2 (Monterrey, Hong Kong) (3 total)
BEST WIN PERCENTAGE ON HARD COURTS (Minimum 15 matches)
1. Elina Svitolina (UKR): 79.1%
2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE): 76.5%
3. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN): 75.9%
4. Madison Keys (USA): 75%
5. Venus Williams (USA): 72.2%
6. Julia Goerges (GER): 71.4%
7. Johanna Konta (GBR): 70%
8-T. Ashleigh Barty (AUS): 68.8%
8-T. Lucie Safarova (CZE): 68.8%
10. Caroline Garcia (FRA): 68.2%
Wozniacki would have to wait until her last tournament of the year to get her revenge. Playing the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global for the first time since 2014, Wozniacki defeated Svitolina and Pliskova to make the final, where she beat Venus Williams to win the biggest title of her career. The former No.1, who put together her best season since 2011, finished the year with a 12-5 record against Top 10 opposition.
MOST HARD COURT WINS
1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN): 41-13
2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE): 39-12
3. Julia Goerges (GER): 35-14
4. Elina Svitolina (UKR): 34-9
5. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP): 31-15
6. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS): 31-17
7. Barbora Strycova: (CZE): 31-17
8. Caroline Garcia (FRA): 30-14
9. Peng Shuai (CHN): 29-16
10. Venus Williams (USA): 26-10
A trio of younger stars also made their marks on hard court this season, with US Open finalist Madison Keys, China Open champion Caroline Garcia, and Australia's Ashleigh Barty all posting Top 10 winning percentages. After undergoing a second wrist surgery after the French Open, Keys won 12 of 14 matches during the North American hard court summer, while Garcia enjoyed a 13-match win-streak to propel herself into her first WTA Finals, where she advanced to the semifinals.