Monday, June 16, 2008

Taking five

Both tours are playing their final warm-ups before hitting the All-England Club for the biggie: The men are in Nottingham and the women in Eastbourne, and both are in s'Hertogenbosch for a co-ed affair they like to call the Ordina Open. But while taking a look at the draws for the two women's tournaments (and last week's two) I noticed something: Where are the five top contenders for to come away with the Wimbledon crown? That being Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, new number-one Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic?

I know injuries, fatigue and general "wanting-to-rest-uppedness" are more than likely the reasons for no warm-ups among the five. Also, those aren't the only spots where you can get in some grass-court practice, but I'm of the mind-set where players showing up at tournaments before the Major can only help them in the long run as long as they don't overdo it.

Ivanovic (pictured at the parade in her honor back in Belgrade) I can see taking a break: After all, she did emerge the winner of the last big tournament, the French. The others, I'm not sure. They should be as sharp as possible going into possible matches against each other. Who knows? Maybe playing that extra tournament would have given the edge in a match-up.

The five I mentioned are pretty much heads and shoulders above the other players on most occasions, I feel. And you don't even have to look at a Wimbledon draw to know the winner should emerge from that group. But what happens when Serena or Jelena has to play Kateryna Bondarenko, who's just won on the grass and is match-sharp? Watch out.

(Photo: Getty Images)


Naf said...

What does Ivanovic need a break for? Hey, Rafa Nadal won a tough tournament the week after he won the French! She needs to man up! :)

van said...

: )

That's funny! Guess we'll see how prepared she is after her parades and everything.