I thought it would be interesting to have a topic to track the progress of this generation. The goal is to follow the carreer of this bunch of players and their evolution.
There will be :
- A weekly return on the results of the week and the new ranking
- A Poll after Big Event to know who are the 3 favorite players of the top 10 ?
-A monthly ITF results
Presentation of the 5 players in the top 50 at the Year-End Rankings
1- KASATKINA, DARIA RUSSIA 07 MAY 1997
Her footwork,movement and fitness are incredible so she has the best defensive skills and she is the best returner .By adding her IQ tennis and the variety(pace/High/Topsin/slice) of her shots,she's the player who can offer the most consistency at a high level.Her topspin forehand could become a big weapon and I love her backhand when she stops thinking and go for it.She can find angle or go DTL and it seems effortless.Everything looks so easy with her.As a Nadal fan she also had a remarkable on court behavior especially after a lost.
Season start :
Already 3 players of the Top 10 met including a victory against the world No. 1 Kerber and a MP against Muguruza.However it can not make to forget her 2nd defeat in the first round of a GS in a row .She looks stronger physically, need to improve her serve and changing her mindset on Key points.
-3R in the 4 GS
- QF Olympics Rio 2016/ Montréal 2016/ Indian Wells 2016
Win against 2016 YE top 10 players :
-Karolina Pliskova -Dominika Cibulkova -Kerber Angelique
2-BENCIC, BELINDA SWITZERLAND 10 MAR 1997
What impresses me most about her is her timing. She has an ability to take the ball so early with a perfect timing What allows her to change direction without any difficulty.To continue with the comparisons with the men she reminds me of Djokovic in this ability to suffocate the Opponent by taking time and also this ability to turn to defense into attack.She also has a big quality for reading the game which allows her to anticipate and to be more quickly on the ball.She's so smart.For the behavior, I love the passion she brings on court,for the better and for the worst .
Difficult to assess since she only participated at the Hopman cup and played Serena.She first needs to recover physically. She showed good things in the rallies with her groundstrokes but she must work her serve too.
She is in danger for her place in the TOP 100 since she has to defend her points of the final at St Petersburg.
GS: - 1/8 OA 2016 -1/8 WI 2015 - QF USO 2014
- 2015 Rogers Cup, Winner -2015 Aegon International, Winner
Record against 2016 top 10 players:
Kerber 4- 0 Serena 1 – 2 Radwańska 1–1 Halep 1–1 Cibulkova 0-1
Pliskova 0-0 Muguruza 1–0 Keys 1–1 Kuznetsova 1–1 Konta 2-2
3-OSTAPENKO, JELENA LATVIA 08 JUN 1997
She represents the classic WTA with clean flat groundstrokes. I can't say i love it but When that stays in that cause damages against anyone.With her game and her size(good movements and footwork on grass), she is a candidate for Wimbledon.She is probably the player to be taken as an example in this group for self-confidence essential at the top.
But we are not going to fool ourselves, for the moment she plays especially the role of the vilain of this generation and she does it well.Her OCC against Kasatkina,Radwanska or Pliskova,the Broady bitch fight,the handshake with Puts,this is why we love her.She's the drama guarantee.
Star of season:
A semi-final in Auckland and a 3rd Round at the Australian Open is the first time she has won 2 consecutive matches in 2 consecutive tournaments.She especially showed a composure that was not expected at all .
-AO 2017 3R
-Doha 2016 Runner up -SF Auckland 2017
Win against 2016 YE top 20 players
-Kvitova (2) -Kuznetsova -Suarez Navarro -Wozniacki
4- KONJUH, ANA CROATIA 27 DEC 1997
It is simple. When I watch her playing, I have a voice-over which comments it and screams in regular time the words TENNIS and TALENT.If tennis was only about shot-making, we could start an another TF's GOAT debate.She has all the tools in her box. Her forehand is technically debatable, it reminds me Gulbis, but it allows her to finds angles.Her backhand and drop shots are candies for my eyes, she's so talented. But despite the fact that she has no problem to remain her composure,she seems to have big problem to stay focus.I think this a problem you can find with talented people, It is so easy for them that to be in the difficulty and staying focus is not in their software.The word which comes to me to speak about her movements,her footwork and her mindset it's LAZY.
If we talk about her on court behavior,she's Bencic opposite,she seems so introvert.She looks like a robot on court.The only touch who reminds you that she is human it is this "sarcastic smile" which she carries constantly.
A final in Auckland, a 2nd round at the AO, the result could have been good if she had not lost against Davis and Gavrilova with an UE shitfest.Her forehand technique is always a problem when she has to defend but her problem remains to stay focus.
GS: -3R WI 2014 - QF USO 2016
- Aegon Nottingham Open 2015,Winner
- Auckland 2017 Runner Up
Win against 2016 YE top 20 players :
- Radwańska - Strycova
5- OSAKA, NAOMI JAPAN 16 OCT 1997
The nickname Baby Serena says it all. She has an ability to generate an amazing effortless power,serve, backhand or forehand you've got the choice.
Since the first time I saw her, there was a considerable improvement On the point's construction and on the shot selection.Forehand or backhand she can go with less ,more spin or go flatter,she can mix the high ,I love her full power cross court forehand,but she can moonballing too.
Another area where she progressed a lot,it's her movements and her footwork that added to more spin allowed her to decrease a lot her UE.
But at the moment she has as Ostapenko or Konjuh, a big ability to collapse and falling into a UE shitfest.She tries to remain her composure but she's still too emotional.
Season start :
She Began with a problem with her wrist.
Good first match in Auckland before retiring.Her 1st match at the OA wasn't good but she won.The 2nd match against a Konta zoning was good. She showed composure,focus and fought until the last point,really encouraging.
Her 2nd serve could be better and she can still improves her defensive skills.
GS: -3R OA/USO/FO 2016
-Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, Japan 2016 ,Runner up
- WTA Rising Stars Invitational 2015,Winner
Win against 2016 YE top 20 players : -Cibulkova -Svitolina (2)
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