Friday, December 24, 2010

TTA? Looks Back #14: Venus rose to the 2 spot

I know—shocking, right? There's actually another Look Back! Here's the latest!

There was a lot of shaking up on the WTA rankings this year. I mean, who woulda thunk Vera Zvonareva could end the year at number 2? This, though, is about a player who spent some time in that prime rankings real estate earlier this year.

Keeping in line with some of the shocking ranking movement, Venus Williams' rise to number 2 earlier in the year caught a lot of folks by surprise. She won two tournaments before the halfway point of 2010—a great start. V was really looking like a serious contender to pick up at least one Major and perhaps even make it to number one.

Injuries cut short her season, but before they came into play, there was that kerazy upset loss at her Slam, Wimbledon, to Tsvetana Pironkova in the quarters. And then, if you were to look at it, Williams probably should've won that semi against Kim Clijsters at the U.S. Open. Plus, I know Nadia Petrova's a tough clay-court player, but based on form going into the French this year, maybe Venus should have taken their quarterfinal match.

So, really, who knows how the year could have gone for Williams? She ended it at 5, which is nothing to sneeze at. Rising to 2 showed she still has it in her.

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