Monday, October 5, 2009
Throughout the history of the WTA tour, there have always been one or two players that have separated themselves from the pack. To me, it just seems out of the place that that's not the case any more. I just want some player to really hold it down on a consistent basis
I know I posted something similar last week after the destruction of seeds last week in Tokyo, but it looks like a bad trend is continuing again this week. Two of the top three players in the world, Dinara Safina and Venus Williams, have lost early in China. Serena Williams has a shot to take over the top spot if she wins her next match.
But here's the crazy thing that's going through my mind: Sure, she's won two Slams this year and made the semis and quarters in the other two. And granted, she's done better than Safina at the big events, but let me ask you, the reader: Do you feel like she's playing like a true number one? Do you get the hint of an air of dominance, like the ones created in the past by Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Venus, Justine Henin or even the old Serena?
I hate to sound like one of those old curmudgeons, you know the ones that say, "I miss the Martina-Chrissy matches: Now that was a rivalry!" But wouldn't it be nice to see a player walk out on the court and by name alone, was going to be spotted a few games because her opponent was so scared to play her? I like to see that happen across all sports and wish it was going on now.
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