2023 WTA ace and double fault ranking: Aryna Sabalenka or Elena Rybakina?

Aryna Sabalenka in action

The 2023 WTA Tour season is done and dusted and which player served the most aces? What about double faults?

If you thought Aryna Sabalenka or Elena Rybakina topped the charts for most aces served during the 2023 season then you thought wrong as that honour went to Caroline Garcia for the second consecutive year.

Although the Frenchwoman finished the year a disappointing 20th in the WTA Rankings, she served an incredible 462 aces during the campaign with Rybakina coming in second with 455 aces and Sabalenka third with 401.

Garcia, Rybakina and Sabalenka were the only players to hit the 400-ace milestone during the season while only two other players – Qinwen Zheng and Liudmila Samsonova – crossed the 300-ace mark.

Former world No 4 Garcia also topped the ace chart last year as she served 394 with Rybakina sending down 370 while Sabalenka was down in sixth with 249 aces.

2023 WTA Tour season ace ranking top 20:

1. Caroline Garcia – 462 (64 matches)
2. Elena Rybakina – 455 (60)
3. Aryna Sabalenka – 401 (69)
4. Qinwen Zheng – 363 (54)
5. Liudmila Samsonova – 337 (58)
6. Veronika Kudermetova – 279 (56)
7. Alycia Parks – 269 (34)
8. Ekaterina Alexandrova – 265 (54)
9. Coco Gauff – 259 (66)
10. Maria Sakkari – 235 (63)
11. Jelena Ostapenko – 233 (59)
12. Karolina Pliskova – 231 (36)
13. Petra Kvitova – 222 (43)
14. Petra Martic – 201 (42)
15. Donna Vekic – 190 (49)
16. Tatjana Maria – 188 (48)
17. Jessica Pegula – 183 (75)
18. Madison Keys – 183 (48)
19. Ons Jabeur – 183 (53)
20. Elise Mertens – 182 (49)

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And if you thought we mistakenly omitted world No 1 Iga Swiatek then you thought wrong (again!) as she is down in 37th having served “just” 124 aces from 79 matches.

However, the Pole’s first-serve percentage sits at 65.5%, which is well ahead of Sabalenka’s 60.9%, Rybakina’s 60.5% and Garcia’s 60.2%.

Naturally, not striving for aces generally leads to a lower double fault count and Swiatek is a distant 51st for the least number of double faults during the season.

The four-time Grand Slam winner made only 122 double faults well off leader Ekaterina Alexandrova’s figure of 357, but Swiatek topped the important stats as she finished the year at No 1, won six titles (including the French Open and WTA Finals) and topped the prize money list with $9,857,686.

2023 WTA Tour season double fault ranking top 20:

1. Ekaterina Alexandrova – 357 (54 matches)
2. Elise Mertens – 324 (49)
3. Alycia Parks – 308 (34)
4. Aryna Sabalenka – 281 (69)
5. Jelena Ostapenko – 281 (59)
6. Liudmila Samsonova – 267 (58)
7. Marta Kostyuk – 260 (39)
8. Donna Vekic – 255 (49)
9. Petra Kvitova – 240 (43)
10. Anastasia Potapova – 237 (47)
11. Anna Blikova – 235 (50)
12. Qinwen Zheng – 230 (54)
13. Daria Kasatkina – 226 (64)
14. Bernarda Perra – 225 (40)
15. Linda Fruhvirtova – 223 (37)
16. Leylah Fernandez – 222 (47)
17. Camila Giorgi – 221 (35)
18. Coco Gauff – 215 (66)
19. Marketa Vondrousova – 214 (53)
20. Caroline Garcia – 209 (64)

Sabalenka enjoyed quite the turnaround with the service game the past year as last year she topped the double fault list with an astonishing 428 while in 2021 she made 328 double faults. Alexandrova was a distant second last year with 289 double faults, Mertens was on 263, Gauff on 260 and Sakkari completed the top five with 226 double faults.

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