Is Womens tennis screwed when Williams sisters retire?
Indian Wells was a grim look into the future of Women's tennis when the Williams sisters are gone, and it looks ugly. When you get a middle management player like Vera winning a big title against a streaky headcase like Ana Ivanovic, then you know the tour is in trouble.
For me, there are really only 3 genuine stars on the WTA. Venus, Serena and Maria Sharapova. With Maria out with injuries (and her injuries may be bad enough to cause early retirement), Venus and Serena have provided much needed championship consistency to the tour by winning most of the big titles between them since Wimbledon 08.
Venus and Serena should not still be carrying the tour at their ages. Where on earth are the new stars. The genuine "great" players of the future. Unless they arrive soon, we'll never know how good these future Grand Slam winners really are, or whether they are just above average players winning slams because there are no truly great players around to challenge them (like Williams, Henin, Davenport, Sharapova ect).
I don't want to live in a world where the likes of Dinara Safina, Vera Zvonereva and a bunch of other faceless Russians who wouldn't have a hope in slam finals against The Williameses or Henin in their prime, are multiple grand slam winners. That's the situation we are facing. Without the Williams sisters, a player like Zvonereva might end up a hall of famer.
The new generation has been a huge disappointment, imho.