Wickmayer = next super star ?
The more I read articles and texts on Wickmayer the more I get the impression that she wants to conquer the world and I have the impression that she added a fan to her fan base (me).
I have seen her play several times and it is indeed true that she does not possess all of the technical skills needed for playing (top)tennis. Moreover she is a ball-basher (don't expect to see lots of drop shots when she is playing, ...). She is aware of this, but she thinks this is not that important (she already stated that she does not really want a coach that forces her to change her game). She has no b-plan. If she is not able to overpower her opponent she gets frustrated and starts to swear at no end.
Not very convincing arguments to support my claim in the thread title ?
BUT there are some arguments routing for her, namely her athletic abilities and her desire to become the best (VERY ambitious).
She has a better body than Kim and Serena. She can endure a lot more training than all of the players on the WTA tour (even more than Sciavone and Stosur)
Justine knew that she got blown off court by Kim, Serena and Venus, so she started training like mad, but Justine got sick after her training at Saddlebrook. Justine trained very hard but didn't have the body to cope with this (injuries, ...). The result was that she was forced to ...
Kim is more flexible, faster and more explosive and has more natural power than Wickmayer and Henin. Only Venus and Serena have greater natural gifts than Kim, but Kim didn't train a lot and thus she got injured quiet easily.
Wickmayer on the other hand is able to train VERY hard and she will do this year after year. She will become faster (why the hell she is not that fast I still can't understand, she has the legs of Graf), because she has the body to do so. She will become a lot more powerful due to her work in the fitness room (Kim refused to do this kind of training because she didn't want to look like a body builder ????). Her power, will power, stamina and endurance will start making the difference the next couple of years. She will start running everybody into the ground. (Wozniacki needs to watch out for the fitness and the power of Wickmayer- Oudin was spent, Wickmayer is still able to run a marathon).
The last couple of weeks Wickmayer has lost 3 very close matches against 3 top players (Kuznetsova, Dementieva and Zvonareva) because she is still not used to closing out matches against top players. The opponents had to fight like hell to beat Wickmayer. At the US Open I noticed that Wickmayer starts playing her best tennis at end of the match. That is not good news for the opponents. If she learns to play the big points, then I can promise you that she will be at least top 10 at the end of next year. Wickmayer is a real street fighter and could become a real star. If she is able to increase the speed and the accuracy (comes with training and experience) of her kick service (only S. Stosur has a similar kick service) I am convinced she will win almost all of her service games.
I have to say she has a lot of annoying traits as well (swearing, outbursts, fake serves, ...)