Before making your fantasy picks for New York, check out the expert picks from Pam Shriver, former WTA Doubles World No.1 and prolific Grand Slam winner, who also rose as high as No.3 in singles and was runner-up to Chris Evert at the US Open in 1978.
August 24, 2018

As the Race heads to New York, Pam Shriver gives advice on who you should pick for WTA Fantasy Tennis.


1. Simona Halep (ROU) – Semifinals 2015 (Getty Images)

Simona Halep

“Simona Halep has to be one of the best conditioned players on tour right now, with the amount of tough matches she has played lately. She’s certainly one of the fastest and reaching back-to-back hardcourt finals at Montreal and Cincinnati is great preparation. She proved at Roland Garros that she can win a Grand Slam, and she’ll want that feeling again.”

Caroline Wozniacki, Coupe Rogers, Montréal

Caroline Wozniacki

“Caroline Wozniacki is a bit of a concern because of injuries but still, she’s so experienced and will be doing everything she can to be ready. She seems to really love the vibe in New York, she ran the marathon a few years ago and with two finals under her belt here before her great win at the Australian Open this year, she knows what it takes to succeed.”

Montreal finalist Sloane Stephens picked up where she left off last week with a high-quality straight-sets win over Tatjana Maria (Jimmie48)

Sloane Stephens

“Sloane Stephens has done a terrific job this year by winning Miami and reaching the final in Paris – and against Halep two weeks ago at Montreal she played one of the best quality finals I’ve seen. She’ll take great pride in being the defending champion at her home Slam, but has collected enough points through the year to relieve pressure. I see her embracing this fortnight as a great opportunity.”

Angelique Kerber

“Angelique Kerber is an obvious choice because she has won the title before, and she just won Wimbledon. Beating Serena in multiple Grand Slam finals is a rare feat – something only Venus has also done. She hasn’t had the best results so far this summer but, like Wozniacki, will be doing everything in her power to be ready to go – helped by a great coach in Wim Fissette.”

Looking to take a chance on your picks? Check out Pam Shriver's sleeper picks:

Sleeper Pick: Serena Williams


“Serena Williams is the No.17 seed, and I think the USTA did the right thing. When she puts her mind to it, anything is possible, especially if she keeps the trajectory of quality from the match she played against Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. The Grand Slam format, with a day off between matches, can only help her play her way into championship form.”


Sleeper Pick: Aryna Sabalenka


“Aryna Sabalenka has huge weapons and began to show last year, the way she beat Sloane in the Fed Cup final at home in Belarus, that she is a big time player. She has had a busy summer, and much will depend on how she backs up emotionally for her first major as a seed. But she has a great coach in Dmitry Tursunov, who is a calming influence.”  


Sleeper Pick: Maria Sharapova


“Maria Sharapova maybe doesn’t have the recent form to inspire confidence, but remember how well she played against Halep in the first round here last year. No question she has the mindset and she’s in a good part of the draw – if she can just find the control to harness her power, she could play her way into contention.”


Sleeper Pick: Madison Keys


“Madison Keys reached the final last year and will want to do even better. Her first couple of rounds should be straightforward enough, with CoCo Vandeweghe, who has been injured, the first seed she would run into. If she reigns in her power at the right moments, if her forehand is working and her wrist isn’t hurting, she’ll be a danger.”


Other Sleeper Picks:

“I also want to give honorable mentions to Petra Kvitova, Naomi Osaka, Venus Williams and Garbine Muguruza – along with Kiki Bertens and Elise Mertens, who have both flourished this year. But I would not be surprised if someone outside all these players lifts the trophy!”

Make your picks now!