The five women who served the most aces in 2023

Elena Rybakina in action WTA
2RBN16X 10th July 2023; All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, England: Wimbledon Tennis Tournament; Elena Rybakina (KAZ) serves to Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)

Three women on the WTA Tour sent down more than 400 aces this campaign and proved that an effective delivery is a great weapon in the modern game.

The game’s biggest serving players also struggle to reign it in, with every one of the top five ending the season below 50% behind their second serve.

Here, we look at the top five players on the WTA Tour this season when it comes to aces delivered and how they have faired this season.

5 Liudmila Samsonova

Liudmila Samsonova reached a career-high world No 12 in February of this year, but her season highlights were limited to a trio of big finals losses.

Samsonova finished as the runner-up in both the China Open and the Canadian Open and in Abu Dhabi.

Despite failing in her two bids for the biggest titles of her career to date and failing to add a title this term, she will be a player to watch in 2024.

She served 337 aces through the campaign across her 58 matches on the WTA Tour in 2023.

4 Zheng Qinwen

Zheng Qinwen broke new ground in 2023 with title wins in Palermo and Zhengzhou and an incredible run to the final at the returning WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai.

A big part of her success has been her powerful serve, and Zheng sent down 363 aces across the 2023 campaign.

She ends the season as the world No 15 and will no doubt be chasing a top ten spot next season.

Zheng cuts an imposing figure on court when she really gets into her game, and if she can harness the power of her serve, the sky will be the limit for her.

3 Aryna Sabalenka

Aryna Sabalenka’s work on the accuracy of her service game paid dividends this season as she cracked 404 aces over the 2023 season.

Sabalenka drastically reduced her double fault numbers as well and was particularly brilliant in her title run at the Australian Open.

She won close to 73% of points behind her first serve in 2023 and ranks as one of the toughest players to contain on the WTA Tour.

Sabalenka rose to world No 1 for the first time after her runner-up finish at the US Open but couldn’t retain the ranking until year-end.

2 Elena Rybakina

Elena Rybakina was the early season ace leader but didn’t have an ideal conclusion to her season and wound up finishing second.

Still, Rybakina blasted 455 aces in 60 matches in 2023 and reached a career-high ranking in June.

Her Australian Open final loss didn’t appear to throw her off as Rybakina had a brilliant Sunshine Double, winning Indian Wells and losing the Miami Open final.

Rybakina also won the Italian Open in Rome for her fourth career championship.

1 Caroline Garcia

Caroline Garcia enjoyed a strong finish to the season in an ultimately failed push to make the WTA Finals again.

Garcia had a rollercoaster campaign but delivered consistent power on her serve and collected 462 aces in 64 matches this season.

She wasn’t able to fire herself to another title across the 2023 season but would bank $1,867,095 in prize money.

Garcia ends the season as the No 20 ranked player on the WTA Tour.

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