The following players have had serious problems in the recent months (maybe years). Most of them are still young, they've been high on the rankings, but dropped or are going to do it.
What do you predict to these players for the future?
- Vera Zvonareva (currently #46, #9 in August): she's had many, many problems since the start of the season. Apart from the Auckland tournament, before the final, she's lost all her matches, the worst defeat being the match against Selima Sfar, ranked over #200.
- Jelena Jankovic (currently #26, #17 in August): she only won one match (a 3-set one) this year. Since last June and her crazy match against Myskina at Wimbledon (10/8 last set), she hasn't done much (one Tier IV final). She hasn't fall on the rankings but the worst is yet to come (SF in Berlin, F in Birmingham...)
- Serena Williams (fell to #58): she hasn't played since her 3rd round defeat at the Australian Open. She withdrew from Miami, injured. Last year, she won one tournament (the AO) then reached one SF. Some people think she's going to retire soon.
- Karolina Sprem (#75, #17 at best): she's had a disastrous 2005 season and really needs consistency. She can win a match easily, then being beaten as easily, against a lower-ranked opponent. At the end of 2005 she reached the final in Kolkata. This year, at the Australian Open, she caused problems to Lindsay Davenport. Encouraging. Will she be back close to her best rank?
- Evgenia Linetskaya (#141, #35 in July): injured at the end of last season, Evgenia has only won 2 matches since Rome, in May. Since the US Open, she hasn't won a single match. Currently she's injured again.
- Jelena Dokic (#412, #4 in 2002): very hard to go back to her 2002 form. Do you think she has a chance of reaching the top 30 - 20 - maybe 10 again?
- Iroda Tulyaganova (#399, #16 in 2002): having problems with her elbow since mid-2003. In 2004 and 2005, she only played one WTA tournament (in her hometown Tashkent) and hasn't played a single tournament this year. She's only 24, so she still has time to recover. Do you see her coming back to the top 50 or even 30 again?
- Conchita Martinez (currently #51): this year, the 33-year-old Spanish hasn't played yet. In April she'll be 34... is this injury synonym of retirement?
Now let's discuss it.
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