Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: The Williams triumph is complete - but it is has been an ugly victory.
I think you're counting TOB out a little quickly. She's been back for less than two months after a full year off and actually did quite well until Wimbledon. And Dulko has always been one of those players who's capable of knocking off a top player on any given day; she lacks the consistency to be a top player day in and day out, but when she's on she can--and has--beaten Top 10 players.
The game is in flux right now, no doubt about it. There are some solid up-and-comers. And, yeah, I'm biased, but personally I think you almost have to be going out of your way to be a hater if you don't like the way that--at age 27--Dementieva is retooling her game and her fitness regimen to actually be MORE competitive with the Williams sisters than she was at 21.
It's also interesting that you completely overlooked Sveta. Again, Wimby was not such a great showing, but losing to Lisicki? I suspect that a lot of other Top 10 players are going to be singing that song in the near future. She looks to be something of a late bloomer by women's tennis standards, but her game has improved by leaps and bounds this year. The consistency isn't there, but certainly there is loads of physical talent IF she can get her head together. And no matter what, the worst case scenario is that she'll be a dangerous lurker and a threat to the big girls. Sveta will never be Miss Consistency, but now that she has Slam #2, I think she's back in the mix for the hardcourt season.
As far as Dinara, I wouldn't write her off. She may well be one of those players who, when they finally get that breakthrough win, it just clicks. (Sveta wasn't, but Dinara might be. See Evert and Agassi). Time will tell.
So what if right now we're going through another Williams reign? There are some interesting challengers lining up. I'm hoping Lena can make one last hurrah and topple the Queens. I'm very intrigued by Vika, Caro, Lisicki and Glatch. Young Sloane is, IMHO, a blast to watch and absolutely charming.
I agree the balance of '09 will be hard for non-Williams fans (more specifically, non-Serena fans after Saturday). But I think '10 is going to be a great year for tennis in general, with chaos (good chaos) on the women's side, and the Roger/Rafa/Andys battling on the men's side.
Too bad NBC will fuck up the coverage, but what the hell.
Pass the duct tape and super glue. Lena's done broke my heart one last time.
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