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Tennis: Five breakout stars to watch on the 2023 WTA Tour

With the WTA season drawing to a close, it is a good time to reflect on the last year of women's tennis and look ahead to 2023 and those who could be potential breakout stars.

Polish sensation Iga Swiatek came into 2022 with only one Grand Slam title to her name but has emerged as the brightest talent in the women's game, claiming both the French Open and US Open titles this season.

Here is a look at some of the youngsters who could be similarly impressive next year.

American ace Anisimova worth monitoring

American talent Amanda Anisimova is the highest-ranked player on this list, currently in 23rd spot in the WTA world rankings, and is by no means an unknown talent.

But you get the feeling there is still plenty more to come from the New Jersey-born 21-year-old.

Anisimova enjoyed her best ever runs at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, losing to now-retired home talent Ashleigh Barty in the fourth round in Melbourne at the start of the year and having been knocked out by Simona Halep in the quarter-finals at SW19.

She claimed some decent scalps in those major tournaments, beating Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open and getting the better of compatriot Coco Gauff at Wimbledon and it would be no surprise to see her go deep in another Grand Slam event in 2023.

Anisimova is 28/1 to win next year's Australian Open and 18/1 to come out on top at Wimbledon.

Kostyuk goes from strength to strength

Young Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk broke into the top 50 in the WTA world rankings for the first time in her career back in February, and the 20-year-old looks like she has a bright future ahead of her.

Kostyuk's best run in a Grand Slam event was her fourth-round appearance at last year's French Open but she also matched her previous best runs at the Australian Open (third round) and Wimbledon (second round) this year.

She is perhaps a little way off setting the WTA Tour alight but do not be surprised to see Kostyuk pick up a title or two next season.

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Teenager Tauson can build on solid year

Danish teenager Clara Tauson started to make a name for herself in 2021, defeating the likes of Camila Giorgi and Paula Badosa on her way to winning the Lyon Open and also claiming the Luxembourg Open.

And while injury has hampered her progress this season, she still pulled off her best ever performance at a Grand Slam event when making the third round of the Australian Open, having claimed the scalp of sixth seed Anett Kontaveit in her second match in Melbourne.

Tauson was in the news recently for having retired from a match in the W80 semi-final in Poitiers in protest against decisions made by the match umpire and is a spirited player with a bright future.

If she can stay injury free, 2023 could be a big year for Tauson, who is 66/1 to win Australian Open 2023.

Fruhvirtova makes promising start to singles career

The youngest player on this list, 17-year-old Linda Fruhvirtova from Czech Republic is better known for her doubles career, having more recently partnered with Estonian ace Kaia Kanepi, but her performance at the US Open this year also raised a few eyebrows.

Teenager Fruhvirtova played her way through three qualifiers to reach the US Open first round, overpowering Wang Xinyu in straight sets back in August.

And although she lost the opening set 6-0, she gave a good account of herself in her second-round clash with the immensely experienced Garbina Muguruza, taking four games off the Spaniard in the second set.

Zheng primed to improve on decent season

Zheng Qinwen is already the number two female Chinese player in the world but aged only 20, she is only just getting started on the WTA Tour.

It has been an especially promising 2022 for Zheng, who has achieved her best finish at each of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open this year.

More recently, she impressed as the runner-up at the Japan Open, having dispatched top seed Badosa in straight sets in the round of 16 before losing to Liudmila Samsonova in the final.

She also made the round of 16 at October's San Diego Open and has gone from strength to strength as the year has gone on.

Zheng can be backed at 25/1 to start next year on the front foot by winning the Australian Open.

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