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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.
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Re: Is Womens tennis screwed when Williams sisters retire?

I think it is. I've been visting some of the other tennis sites and forums (like TT warehouse, espn and tennis.com) and it seems a large consensus regarding the WTA at Indian Wells was "who cares about this tournament if neither of the Williameses are playing". People think they make the rest of the womens tour look like hacks.

Unlike the ATP, where people get excited about the "big four" (Nadal, Federer, Muarry, Djokovic) and to a lesser extent, Roddick.

Maria Sharapova being healthy would take some pressure off the Williamses to have to be at every big tournament, but I can't see that happening.
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Re: Is Womens tennis screwed when Williams sisters retire?

I don't know what you are talking about but Vera is a very good player as a matter of fact, she's better than JJ and Ana, she just needs to keep her head together.
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Wozniacki and Azarenka will be better and better. When Serena and Venus reitre we will have Michelle de Britto and Laura Robson.
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all this doomy and gloomy atmosphere will be gone when Sharapova will return to kick some asses. Without her and Willimas sistas all the other players are like faceless boring UE machines. Matches are not won but rather lost thanks to choking and talentless players like Jankovic are able to accumulate enough points to become Nr.1...sad
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I don't know what you are talking about but Vera is a very good player as a matter of fact, she's better than JJ and Ana, she just needs to keep her head together.
Tennis is a mental game as well. And Vera is a mental midget (at least she's toned down the crying). Whether she has better/sounder strokes than JJ or Ana is debatable. But she's mentally weaker than both of them, which is why she she'll never achieve as much as them.

And considering that neither Ana or JJ are exactly paragons of mental strength, that's a daming indictment on Vera. She makes Ana look as mentally tough as Rafael Nadal.
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I don't know what you are talking about but Vera is a very good player as a matter of fact, she's better than JJ and Ana, she just needs to keep her head together.
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Re: Is Womens tennis screwed when Williams sisters retire?

Yes. For me, anyway. I was too bored this week to watch any matches but the final. I guess I'm more a fan of Serena than of tennis, so yeah, in my case, tennis will be screwed once she is gone. Although I'd probably watch the slams as a casual viewer.
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I don't know what you are talking about but Vera is a very good player as a matter of fact, she's better than JJ and Ana, she just needs to keep her head together.
Yes and she has one tier one win (shitty IW) and amazing 1/2 ay AO when she playaed against one top ten player and lost
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its screwed right now, the williams sisters retiring would just be the final nail in the coffin.

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Re: Is Womens tennis screwed when Williams sisters retire?

Big Fat No.
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No, because Clijsters will come back before than, and Sharapova, Dokic and Golovin will eventually be back in the TOP 10. Dementieva will also win a slam, as will Hantuchova.
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Re: Is Womens tennis screwed when Williams sisters retire?

What a silly question.
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