Before making your fantasy picks for Tokyo, check out the expert picks from Alicia Molik, the former World No.8 who won five WTA singles titles, an Olympic bronze medal at Athens in 2004, as well as two Grand Slam doubles titles.
September 15, 2018

As the Race heads to Tokyo, Alicia Molik gives advice on who you should pick for WTA Fantasy Tennis.


Victoria Azarenka (Getty)

Victoria Azarenka 

“I feel that Victoria Azarenka, who has been given a wild card into the Toray Pan Pacific Open, began to gather some momentum in the past few months. A former World No.1 and a Grand Slam winner, she is obviously a great competitor who can definitely do damage in the conditions in Japan.”

Ashleigh Barty (Jimmie48 Photography/WTA)

Ashleigh Barty

“Ashleigh Barty has been going from strength to strength this season. On the court she is aggressive, creative and likes to finish points – which is great for the fans to watch. The courts in Japan tend to take spin well, especially slice, which I believe is an advantage for Ash.”

20. Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam title, beating Serena Williams in the final. (Getty)

Naomi Osaka

“Naomi Osaka… well, what can I say. She will be the home favorite, and must be jumping out of her skin with her win at the US Open. Naomi has proved she has what it takes under immense pressure on the biggest stages, and playing back in Tokyo will be another test. I really feel her play, which now reflects her level of maturity. I just love watching her compete!”

24. CoCo Vandeweghe failed to repeat her run of 2017 as she was beaten in round one by Kirsten Flipkens. (Getty)

Coco Vandeweghe

“I just think CoCo Vandeweghe is due for a special result. The fact she won the doubles in New York with Ash – a first Grand Slam title for both – means she would have plenty of confidence. CoCo can adapt her game with spin and then flatten balls out when she likes, which makes Tokyo (which is being played indoors this year) a great event for her to succeed in!” 

Sleeper Pick: Caroline Wozniacki

“Caroline many times has shown what a strong finisher she is to the season. After a subdued US swing there is no doubt she has the energy and tank to do well through Japan and the remainder of year. Caroline set the example by winning the Finals Singapore in 2017!”