Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I know that sometimes it's hard to take something from warm-up tournaments right before Slams, but if you were to, then Wimbledon on the women's side could be a real interesting affair.
A lot of the big names, such as French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dominika Cibulkova, Team Serbia (Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic) and Nadia Petrova have all lost early between the Eastbourne and s-Hertogenbosch events. Grass isn't the natural surface for any of those players and Kuznetsova had this to say, which I think you can apply to a lot of players, especially the ones that played pretty solidly over the past few months:
“It’s really tough for me. I played for two months on clay and I have it almost in my blood. On this surface, everything is opposite. For me, it’s too much to change in three days.”
I think you can expect a lot of top names to go out within the first three rounds or so there. With the exception of the Williams sisters, Dinara Safina and I'm going to say Maria Sharapova, almost no one's safe, I'd wager. Because if you aren't adjusted now, it might be just a little too late!