Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tennis..........some thoughts on the women's game.

So, world No1 Caroline Wozniaki is under fire for being in that position despite never winning a Grand Slam.  It's a valid point, but hardly the first time it's happened - Dinara Safina faced the exact same accusation.  I'm sat watching Wimbledon now, and it's made me think about the women's game......

My quick peruse of the WTA rankings show 4 players in the current Top 10 have won a Slam.  2 (Clijsters and Sharapova) are "old" players and have not been consistent due to injuries, and retirement and comeback in Clijsters case.  Li Na won her first Slam last month and Schiavone doesn't seem to be as effective in other tournaments as she has been at the French.  The only other former winners I can see in the top 30 are Ana Ivanovic (who dropped drastically after winning the French 4 years ago) and the Williams sisters..............who if they were injury free and played more would probably still be 1 and 2.

And herein lies the problem - to a layman like myself - the womens game is MASSIVELY inconsistent!  The only consistent players were Venus and Serena (but injury has scuppered them) and this has led to players who play the most being Number 1.  Wozniaki plays ALOT and accumulates more points.................and is therefore No1, but can't be consistent enough to play well at the big tournaments.  And the same can be said for the other top women.  Until a few of them step it up a notch (or Sharapova pulls it back together) it's unlikely that the No 1 will be a multi slam winner.

They need to take note from the Mens top 4..................

2 comments:

Saucy said...

Have you read the book Double Fault by Lionel Shriver? It has a lot to do with tennis rankings with her usual unusual ending! Xx

SazzyMCH said...

I haven't but I shall see if I can find a copy! Thanks :)