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Based upon current form, compare a WTA player to an ATP player

Hey guys - not sure if this topic had been done before, but thought it could be an interesting and fun one. I think at this point in the season, there are a lot of similarities between the two tours. So I decided to pair up a WTA player with their current male counterpart.

Take this. The top 5 this week on both tours actually pair up strangely well:

Serena - Nadal: Both dominating at the moment. Stronger, faster, healthier and more mentally tough than anyone else in the game going into the US Open Series.
Jankovic - Djokovic: Both had semi-resurrections in the spring, coupled with some decent Grand Slam play since. Yet on some level, it's still surprising they've been able to rise back to No. 2 in the world. It's a prime illustration about how far ahead of the pack Nadal and S. Williams are.
Venus - Federer: This comparison's a bit unfair to Roger -- he did win the Australian, while Venus has been subpar at the Slams all year. Yet not only are their ages and on-court personalities very similar, but there is a lot to be said for both of their 2010 seasons. Struggling with game opponents and chronic injuries; winning consistently -- nothing strange there -- yet also losing in uncharacteristic manner. Plus, disappointing results on cherished Centre Court has added tenfold to the bandwagoning group of doubters. The US Open could equally bring either rejuvenation or a sense continued disappointment.
Wozniacki - Murray: Although Murray possesess a game with more power and variety, both are known for their counterpunching skills and ability to bring balls back. After strong finishes in '09 and starts to 2010, they suffered springtime slumps (Wozniacki's brought on by injury) and haven't fully recovered -- with Wimbledon being a perfect example.
Stosur - Soderling: Talk about building confidence off of one great tournament -- exactly what these two solid powerhouses did after 2009 Roland Garros. They had stellar clay-court campaigns and possess lethal all-around games, yet mental strength is still suspect. Look at this year's Wimbledon for evidence.

And some more:
Li - Tsonga: Prior to Jo-Willie's recent announcement about knee surgery, these mercurial, explosive powerhouses were healthy and playing good tennis, nestled on the edge of the Top 10. When they're on, they're on; when they're not, it's ugly to watch. The US Open series could bring a lot more mixed results (if Tsonga is even healthy enough to play).
Zvonareva - Berdych: These semi-veterans finally broke through at Wimbledon, backing up years of hard work and buzz and promise. They also both played like crap in their respective finals, folding like cheap tents. The US Open Series -- and the Open itself -- will be interesting.
Bartoli - Monfils: Entrenched in the Top 20, these flashy French players can always be counted on for racking up consistent yet non-memorable wins over the course of a season. So far, 2010 has been no different. With games a lot more stunning then their results, it'll be interesting to see if either can step it up against the big guns this summer -- something Bartoli did herself in Stanford last year, but also something neither have come close to accomplishing this year.
Henin - Melzer: I'd say they both strike their volleys with hints of jealousy and discrimination, don't you?

I don't know, kind of a whimsical one, but one that could be cool to discuss. Guess it depends on how many of you follow the men's game, which I suspect is a good amount. I think there are definitely some more comparisons that could be made going down the rankings (Kirilenko - Wawrinka? Wickmayer - Gulbis? Hantuchova - Baghdatis?) or even elsewhere in the top 10/20. Also, are their male counterparts to the bizarre likes of Kuznetsova, Safina or Ivanovic? Hard to come up with any.
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Jankovic has been pretty shit in recent years, you have to admit and she only recently managed good results again. Djokovic has been very consistent last year and didn't drop outside of the top 5. He had a few Masters runner up and had a Masters title. His slam records > Jankovic. In fact, last year was a lot better for Djokovic than this year. I don't know what you mean by 'resurrection' in his case.

How is Federer like Venus this year in terms of ATP and WTA, respectively? Venus' slam runs are quite mediocre, but Federer at least managed to win a slam and made best of 8 in the other two slams. Venus has been doing well in non-slam tournaments, notable two runner ups in Mandatorys when Federer has been doing jack shit in Masters. Federer has barely been consistent this year, while Venus is for sure pretty damn consistent with her QF appearances at majority of her tournaments.

Also, Zvonareva's and Berdych's breakthrough comparison is arguable. Zvonareva's breakthrough was last year's Australian Open / Indian Wells for sure.

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Stosur and Del Potro have a lot of common..


..well not really. They both have really huge forehands.
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Jankovic has been pretty shit in recent years
Last year.

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Brie Whitehead = Robert Dee. The bagel couple par excellence. I really think Wimbledon should have given them a mixed doubles wild card for comedy value.
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Wozniacki with Murray?

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Wozniacki with Murray?
Keep dreaming. I don't see Caro reaching the F of AO and the SF of Wimbly this year.
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Decent comparisons..although I am hoping you're comparing based on results only and not actual playing styles. There is absolutely no female equivalent for guys like Federer, Nadal or Djokovic.
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Decent comparisons..although I am hoping you're comparing based on results only and not actual playing styles. There is absolutely no female equivalent for guys like Federer, Nadal or Djokovic.
What has Djokovic done this year?

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What has Djokovic done this year?
Won Dubai, made slam SF? Not the best results he's had, but at least it's something.
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Fakervic also known to fake injuries at any moment too just like JJ
not really a threat to win a slam

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Gaston Gaudio and Bovina

Both wanna fight back, but obviously can't
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Id Say Nadal-Sharapova(Based on their personalities and on their playing styles)Both are great fighters on court and off court(with the injuries)..both have a great Forehand..And they both have a delaying routine before their Serve lol
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Id Say Nadal-Sharapova(Based on their personalities and on their playing styles)Both are great fighters on court and off court(with the injuries)..both have a great Forehand..And they both have a delaying routine before their Serve lol
Sharapova's and Nadal's style are nothing alike.... Nadal has one of the best forehands in the game, Sharapova's FH is rubbish. Nadal is fast, Sharapova isn't. Nadal has best defense on ATP, Sharapova has no defense. Sharapova always attacks, Nadal likes hitting winners from seemingly defensive positions. Nadal plays with a lot of topspin and low error, consistent game. Sharapova plays high risk, high error game. Nadal's game is highly suited for clay, Sharapova is mug on clay. I can go on forever with this...
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Id Say Nadal-Sharapova(Based on their personalities and on their playing styles)Both are great fighters on court and off court(with the injuries)..both have a great Forehand..And they both have a delaying routine before their Serve lol
O lawd, this is a whole lot of wishful thinking
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