Who will be the next 'Force' on grass/at Wimbledon post-Williams?
Maybe a little late to be having a Wimbledon discussion, but it's a queation that has been puzzling me. As we know, Serena and Venus right now have the games most efficient and effective on grass right now. Huge serving, the willingness to finish the point early and the movement most competent to suceeed on this surface. However when they're gone, who is going to take up the mantle? Let's evaulate the competition on grass:
Dementieva- Improved serve, and has shown she is able to compete in high-octane rallies. Still IMO doesn't move as effectively as on other surfaces. I don't think her traction is as fluid step to step.
Kuznetsova- On paper has all the shots for grass, and her volley technique is highly underrated. However her court-positioning is WAY too defensive. Against Liscki, she was being forced to scramble at every oppurtunity because her decreased length was induced by how far back she was. Has decent versatility on grass too IMO.
Sharapova- Back in 04/05 she looked very much the grass-queen in waiting. Had the constant bite and rythm on her first serve and her first strike was immense and she could actually back herself up with adequate enough movement. Nowadays though, i fear her movement has gone the other way, and she looks very vulnerable against baseliners who look to attack. Serve is not the force it was either.
Azarenka- To a casual eye, she probably looks the ideal candidate. High percentage serving, seemingly 'thunderous' groundstrokes and the willingness to try and move forward. However her forehand lacks the nessecary adaptability in high-pace rallies and her serve and generally hitting isn't as dominating as Sharapova at the same age. Her groundstrokes actually employ more spin that allows monstrous hitters like Serena and Venus to take advantage.
Jankovic- Has the movement, has the ball control, but where is her first-strike on grass. The one surface she can't get away with building up the rallies and outlasting her opponents.
There are many more i could discuss, but what are your thoughts. Are we going to see the grass only help the players in the ilk of Venus and Serena, or will grass eventually have to accomodate winners on grass who are completely poles apart from the norm of what it takes to win on the surface? Will it still be a relatively specialist surface?