Re: Will Nikki Win A Slam Next Year? And If So, Which One?
I fully expect Vaidisova to win a major title in the coming years, but like others, I believe 2008 is still too soon. The holes in her game are closing and the mental part of her game is getting better as well, but I don't expect her - or Ivanovic for that matter - to win a major until at least 2009. In the case of Vaidisova specifically, not until the second half of the 2009 season - almost two years from now.
The reason is simply the young kids still need more development time and the current crop of contenders is still in their prime (though some of them are in the back end of their prime). A player winning majors before her 20th birthday, as Sharapova did, is not going to happen as frequently as it once did. The sport is much more demanding than it was even ten years ago when Hingis won majors as a teenager and the field is much stronger.
But the good news is Vaidisova has proven she can give the top players very tough matches week in and week out. Having said that, the next step is too start beating them regularly. That is what I will be watching for from Vaidisova next season.
Marion Bartoli * Nadia Petrova * Nicole Vaidiosva * Martina Hingis