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Yes. Long live the Williams! WTA rules! 38 55.88%
Maybe. Who knows the future? 16 23.53%
WTA are at a transitional period now... so, nope. 5 7.35%
The age of Williams are long gone. 9 13.24%
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Are we seeing the "age of Williams" again?

The Australian, Wimbledon and US slams are in Serena's hands.
Both the sisters currently occupy 2 of the top-4 WTA rankings.

Are we seeing the return / new "age of Williams" at the moment?

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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2009, 01:58 PM
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Lol with Serena and Venus ranked 2 and 3 and Serena having won 3/4 slams and the williamses having won the last 3 Wimbledons...I'd say definitely!

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Yes at the moment, although I also think that the WTA is going through a transitional period , a lot of the top players other than them are playing nowhere near their best and some of them are just past it and are in the top 10 by default.
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Yes at the moment, although I also think that the WTA is going through a transitional period , a lot of the top players other than them are playing nowhere near their best and some of them are just past it and are in the top 10 by default.
Dementieva is playing the best she ever has. Safina is at the peak of her career. Svetlana just won a grandslam, so she is having one of her best seasons ever.

Azarenka/Caroline/Sabine/ are a constant threat, having a considerable amount of top 10 wins in the past 12 months.

I would say, its very competitive right now.

The only two players who could make a major difference are Maria and Ana. But you cannot have every top player playing their best at a time. (Momo hasnt played well since early 2007, and her 2009 is much much better than her past 2 years)
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Hmmm, I think I'll wait for Venus' performance at the US Open first.
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Dementieva is playing the best she ever has. Safina is at the peak of her career. Svetlana just won a grandslam, so she is having one of her best seasons ever.

Azarenka/Caroline/Sabine/ are a constant threat, having a considerable amount of top 10 wins in the past 12 months.

I would say, its very competitive right now.

The only two players who could make a major difference are Maria and Ana. But you cannot have every top player playing their best at a time. (Momo hasnt played well since early 2007, and her 2009 is much much better than her past 2 years)

Apart from maybe Dementieva , Jankovic and Ivanovic are the two players who can challenge the WS in terms of speed, power and athleticism and their 2008 form seems to have deserted them. Svetlana is a threat only on clay and is the most inconsistent of the top 10 players , winning a GS one week then getting bagelled by Wozniak on grass the next.

Other than on clay, Safina will never be a threat to any Williams sister playing well. And even on clay she wouldn't have beaten Serena. Wozniacki isn't a threat right now.

The hard hitting youngsters coming up like Azarenka, Cibulkova and Lisicki will most likely be the ones who eventually topple them completely but it'll take 2-3 years at least for them to reach their peaks.

It's not that competitive right now , when you had Clisters (even though she had an abysmal H2H against either sister) , Henin , Mauresmo, Daveport , Hingis , Capriati e.t.c that was a competitive era , right now the WS are almost always the heavy favourites against any player.
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Serena is definitely back with a vengeance but for it to be an "age of Williams", Venus would have to be getting to finals as she did before. This is far from the case. Her GS record over the last 12 months puts her about 5th:
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and taking the whole tour into account, she's only 6th in the 2009 race, behind Serena, Sveta, Dinara, Elena and Vika.

If she can have a good hardcourt season and do well at the US Open, she stands a chance of moving up but right now it's Serena out in front with Venus just one more in the chasing pack.

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Apart from maybe Dementieva , Jankovic and Ivanovic are the two players who can challenge the WS in terms of speed, power and athleticism and their 2008 form seems to have deserted them. Svetlana is a threat only on clay and is the most inconsistent of the top 10 players , winning a GS one week then getting bagelled by Wozniak on grass the next.

Other than on clay, Safina will never be a threat to any Williams sister playing well. And even on clay she wouldn't have beaten Serena. Wozniacki isn't a threat right now.

The hard hitting youngsters coming up like Azarenka, Cibulkova and Lisicki will most likely be the ones who eventually topple them completely but it'll take 2-3 years at least for them to reach their peaks.

It's not that competitive right now , when you had Clisters (even though she had an abysmal H2H against either sister) , Henin , Mauresmo, Daveport , Hingis , Capriati e.t.c that was a competitive era , right now the WS are almost always the heavy favourites against any player.
When you compare this Era with the most competitive era WTA has ever seen, it will look easy ofcourse.

You said that all the top players are nowhere near their best. As I said before, there are a lot of players out there who are in form and can make life really hard for the WS on tour. Sveta almos tbeat Serena at AO this year, so its not like she is a threat only on clay.

Just because the WS are favourites doesnt mean its not a competitive ERA.
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Serena is definitely back with a vengeance but for it to be an "age of Williams", Venus would have to be getting to finals as she did before. This is far from the case. Her GS record over the last 12 months puts her about 5th:
Serena WWWQ
Sveta WQ33
Dinara FFSS
Jelena F443
Venus FQ32
(Last year's US in italics)
and taking the whole tour into account, she's only 6th in the 2009 race, behind Serena, Sveta, Dinara, Elena and Vika.

If she can have a good hardcourt season and do well at the US Open, she stands a chance of moving up but right now it's Serena out in front with Venus just one more in the chasing pack.
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The problem is, we always tend to see these things in hindsight. By the time we acknowledge it's a Williams age, the age seems to be ending. I hope that's not the case here.

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I don't think so. They will win many more slams, no doubt, but I think that this is a transition period and in two, three, four years from now, someone/s big group will come and take over the reigns.
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More the age of Serena really. She's the most talked about female tennis player on the planet and the one holding three of the slams

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Well hopefully both Serena and Venus can stay injury free and capitalize on their Wimbledon form leading up to hte USO.

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Re: Are we seeing the "age of Williams" again?

It's more of a Serena age if anything. Vee hasn't done much this year imho. She's ranked highly because those who threaten her are playing horribly.

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