Wednesday, December 29, 2010

TTA? Looks Back #12: The Surprise Slam finalists

So, I'm trying to crank out the countdown before the New Year's: Will I do it? Stay tuned!

OK, a show of hands if you had Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych, Vera Zvonareva, Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone making finals at Majors this year.

Just what I thought: No one else raised theirs! (I did because I picked Fran to make the French finals! : )

Really, though, it was nice to see those above players get that far in Slams (even though Soderling had accomplished that the year prior). Berdych was supposed to start making Slam finals years ago, many predicted, but had developed into Marat Safin-lite: all the talent, but even less living up to it than the now-retired Russian. Before 2010, I would've bet money that Zvonareva didn't even think she would make a Major final, but she got to two of them over the year. If Soderling only would have finished runner-up once in his career, I wouldn't have knocked that. To do it twice now shows he's really legit.

And what you can say about the French finalists on the women's side, Stosur and Schiavone? I'll get to them later in the countdown!

Anyway, a tip of the cap to those players as their runs at the big ones brought more to the game.

(Photo: The Guardian)