Sunday, March 29, 2009

Four on the floor

Wow, the women's draw took some hits today, didn't it?

Four top 10 players got knocked out today with Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonareva, Ana Ivanovic and Nadia Petrova falling to Sam Stosur, Li Na, Agnes Szavay and Ekaterina Makarova, respectively. I wasn't expecting any of those top players to win—I still think it's Serena's to lose—but my personal picks took a hit with Zvonareva and Ivanovic falling. Safina's been in a bad way lately (like Jelena Jankovic, who lost Saturday) and I don't know what's up with Petrova.

I wonder, with all these losses, you almost have to look at the whole sitch in a historical context: Is this the deepest EVER that women's tennis has been or are a lot of the top tenners pretenders to the throne? Think back even 10 years ago: You never would've seen this many stars go out this early. And it's not like Miami is a rare occasion; this has been going on kind of consistently for the past few months.

Part of me wishes that it's a sign of more parity, but the other side misses the days of seeing all the big names make it to the later rounds unless they're a legit up-and-comer, like the four who lost today used to be.

(Photo: Getty Images)


Shelia said...

Women's tennis currently has the wobbliest upper crust I've ever seen. Of those that fell, Safina is the only one that I expected to go further. I have absolutely no faith in Ivanovic's or Petrova's game, never have. I've always believed that Zvonareva could be a force, so I'm still waiting on her.

Ever since the era containing the healthy likes of Venus, Serena, Jennifer Capriati, and Lindsay Davenport passed, solid exciting women at the top of the tour, other than the Williams sisters have been far and few in between.

I had begun to think that Jelena Jankovic might be able to carve out a spot for herself, but as of late she too is having a rough go of it.

van said...

Hey Shelia. Yeah, I think Jelena has some personal problems she's dealing with, as well as lack of confidence. That's rough because she has a decent game.

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