The top 10 most exciting WTA Tour matches of 2015 (so far), compiled by Palo Alto-based mobile app, Thuuz Sports, which measures the most exciting moments, games/matches and players during every sporting event (and notifies fans in realtime if they should tune in to a game/match in progress). The formula is based on analytical data that includes social media buzz, pace, parity, novelty, momentum and context.
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1. Angelique Kerber beats Karolina Pliskova 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (4) Birmingham Classic Finals (June 21st)
Both the first and third sets went down to the wire, but eventually Kerber took home her 15th WTA singles title. Pliskova had 11 service aces, but Kerber won 122 total points to Pliskova’s 104.
2. Serena Williams beats Victoria Azarenka 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (1) Mutua Madrid Open 3rd Round (May 6th)
Azarenka gave Serena absolutely everything she could handle, and it took Serena two different tie-breaks to bring her down. Williams won 113 total points, while Azarenka won 112 total points.
3. Angelique Kerber beats Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 Porsche Tennis GP Finals (April 26th)
This was a highly anticipated Finals between two WTA stars. Kerber was ranked 14th at the time, while Wozniacki was ranked 5th at the time. Kerber came back from being down a break in the final set.
4. Simona Halep beats Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 BNP Paribas Open Finals (March 22nd)
Jankovic dominated the first set, but Halep dug deep and held her off the final two sets to take home the title. Halep won without a single service ace, and the two players combined for 18 service breaks.
5. Carla Suarez Navarro beats Simona Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Internazionali BNL d’Italia S/F’s (May 16th)
Halep was ranked #2 in the world at the time, and Suarez Navarro pulled out an impressive victory that earned her a spot in the Finals. Unfortunately Suarez Navarro met Maria Sharapova in the Finals and came up short.
6. Francesca Schiavone beats SvetlanaKuznetsova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 French Open 2nd Round (May 28th)
This was arguably the biggest upset of the French Open, and easily one of the biggest upsets of the 2015 WTA season. Kuznetsova was ranked 18th at the time, while Schiavone was ranked just 92nd.
7. Kristina Mladenovic beats Simona Halep 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4) Birmingham Classic Q/F’s (June 19th)
This is right up there with #6 as one of the biggest upsets of the WTA season. Halep was ranked 2nd at the time, while Mladenovic was ranked 43rd. Mladenovic was beaten in the S/F’s by Karolina Pliskova.
8. Madison Keys beats Venus Williams 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Australian Open Q/F’s (January 28th)
While Venus isn’t the megastar she once was, our ratings still reflect her awesome popularity around the sport. Although Williams came up short in this match, she was ultra competitive throughout.
9. Angelique Kerber beats Madison Keys 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Family Circle Cup Finals (April 12th)
Kerber pulled off an amazing comeback in the 3rd set to win this match, and the whole Family Circle Cup. Keys was up 4-1 in the final set before crumbling and losing 6 of the last 7 games.
10. Timea Bacsinszky beats Sara Errani 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) Abierto Monterrey Afirme S/F’s (March 7th)
This match is rated as high as it is because Errani made it awesomely close despite losing the first set 6-0. In fact, Errani was up 5-3 in the final set before Bacsinszky came storming back to advance to the Finals.