We are currently witnessing the astonishing sight of legend Serena Williams demolishing all opposition just 2 months in after coming back from a whole year away from the tour and a life threatening condition. Just two years ago, another legend, Kim Clijsters, won the US Open just a couple of months after returning to the tour after 3 years away. What does all this say about the current state of the WTA tour? What this tells me is that we probably have one of the poorest quality top 10's since Billie Jean King founded the WTA in 1973. In fact, personally I cannot think of a worst top 10 than the one we have at the moment. I fear for the future of the tour and something needs to be done to turn this situation around and bring forth a new generation of stars. In fact, in my view the only world class player to emerge over the last 5 years is Petra Kvitova and presently, only a fit again Kim Clijsters, Petra Kvitova (once she has got over her post Wimbledon celebrations), or a revitalised Venus could challenge Serena. Some say Sharapova could challenge - but Sharapova was clobbered by Serena at Stanford and I really cannot see Sharapova putting up a genuine challenge again against Serena, Kim, Petra, etc, with her well documented shoulder problems. Her serve is nothing like what it was. Wozniacki - forget it!
Hence, once Serena, Kim, Venus have all gone within a couple of years, the WTA tour could well face something of a slump in popularity and investment. The hope has to be that 3-4 players come along in the next few years before Serena, Kim, and Venus retire, otherwise that will leave Kvitova as the only world class player.
So what is wrong with the WTA tour - or is nothing wrong?
There is nothing wrong with the WTA. There was no hew and cry
about the WTA when in '02 Serena came out and dominated everyone
including multi-slam winners like Hingis, Davenport, Jcap, etal.
Nothing said when after 8 months off with knee surgury Serena
came back and won Miami in '04, In '07 Serena won the AO in
stunning fashion after taking most of '06 off with issues. Serena
does what Serena does. She has been doing it for over a decade.
So this is not an indictment against the WTA. It is a continuing
epic of an extraordinary Woman who does Extraordinary things.
No one has been able to stop her in 12 years. It seems father time
is the only one who can do that. And so far, She's doing a pretty
good job against him too.