Monday, November 3, 2008

Please, please, PLEASE let everybody be healthy!

I don't want to sound like I'm throwing my lot in with the WTA's press crew or anything, but you know what? This year's WTA season-ending championships has the potential to be one of the best ever!

(Geez, how cheesy did I just sound there? "The best ever!" Who writes that stuff? Oh yeah, me!)

Anyway, the groupings for the event are ridiculous: In the white group, you have Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Vera Zvonareva. The maroon group (which I'd like to go on record as saying is the stronger of the two) has Venus and Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva.

I don't see how anyone in either group will go 3-0. If any player wins her group outright like that, then I think they'll have pulled off one of the biggest feats of the year. Except for Zvonareva, I wouldn't be surprised if any of the top seven won the whole thing. That's how even I think it is this go-round. You really can't say that every round-robin match could potentially be a classic, but I think this time, you can. (Except for, again, ones involving Zvonareva. Sorry, Vera!)

So ladies, the fans need you to be "heroes" because something that always seems to be the case at the year-end events, I feel, particularly at the WTA championships, is someone pulls out at the last minute. I just hope that won't be this case this time because I'm telling you, this could be some of the best tournament action you'll see in years! (There I go again with the cheesiness. Sorry about that folks.)

(Photo: Getty Images)


Jodi said...

If someone is going to go 3-0 in the round robin stage, I think it'll be Jelena Jankovic (health providing.) The white group is definitely weaker, with Zvonareva (arguably the weakest of the eight) and Ivanovic and Kuznetsova, neither of whom are exactly in form. Even if she doesn't go 3-0, if she doesn't come top of her group, I will be very surprised.

The maroon groups, on the other hand, will be a dogfight, plain and simple.

van said...

Hey Jodi. That Jankovic-Ivanovic match can be a really good one. I think winning in Linz will definitely help Ana coming in here. And even though she hasn't won a tournament in ages, you can never count out the Kuz! This might be where she breaks that winless streak.

That maroon group is pretty scary, to say the least.

TopSpin said...

I actually thought Zvonareva was playing some of the best tennis she has this year up until that final in Linz.

I'm also quite keen to see how Safina copes; she's dipped ever so slightly recently, which by her recent high standard of play is probably not even worth mentioning.

Based on current form I'd probably say Dementieva is the slightly weaker of the 8, but as you say there's not much in it.

Naf said...

Van! How's the kid?
You are the optimist when it comes to the women's tour. Are you working for them?
I'd love to see women's tennis get competitive again. I think Kuznetsova's got the potential to completely bottom out in this tournament, especially after today.

van said...

• Hey Topspin, what's up? Yeah, Safina has dropped slightly, which I guess can be kind of expected. I bet a lot has to do with fatigue. I wonder how she'll make out the rest of the way after losing to Venus. A lot of the matchups are a little tough to call.

• Naf! The kid's good, just wearing out me and her mom. The way the print industry's going, I'm trying for a job with anyone right now! I was thinking of Kuznetsova as my dark horse here, but you're right: It could end really bad for her here.