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What are your expectations for 2012?

Many people can say that 2011 was a giant mess but in perspective, it was quite an interesting year.

A look at some of the newbies and their major wins/success:

Petra won Wimbledon, Madrid and the YEC. (+YE #2 ranking)
Caroline won IW (and Brussels ...and SF of AO, USO + other titles, also claimed YE #1 ranking)
Agnieska won Beijing (and San Diego, Tokyo after adding to her game)
Victoria won Miami (and made SF of Wimbledon and the F of the YEC + YE #3 ranking).


In regards to the veterans, we saw Maria have some some success, reaching the SF of RG and the F of Wimbledon but nothing to indicate she will be a dominant force next year, despite being #4 in the ranking. Serena came back from an injury but showed that she's not quite where she needs to be, despite a nice streak in the USO hard court season. Clijsters had a great run at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 but fell off the face of the planet for reasons I don't even remember anymore.

We also had some of the old players find success with Na reaching 2 major finals (and winning one). We also saw Stosur win the USO in breathtaking fashion.

A lot of players also went missing, either away from the tour or from their brains: Henin, Safina, Chakvetadze, Dementieva, Clijsters, Kleybanova (get well soon), Jankovic, Ivanovic, Serena (back), Venus (coming back in '12)

So, in a sense, 2011 was a battle of the old and new generation. How do you see things panning out in 2012, with the potential of seeing all of the familiar faces in Australia? How about after the Olympics when some players are expected to retire?

Personally, I see Kvitova having major success in a few parts of the year, but not all. I also see Radwanska, Azarenka, and even Wozniacki making improvements in their games and possibly reaching the finals of some of the majors. I also see Maria having success at RG, just based on past years. As to everything else, I don't have the slightest clue.

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Re: What are your expectations for 2012?

It will be an interesting year for sure. Kvitova is really shaping up to be a kind of player who isn't afraid to compete with the top of the game and do well and that's what I wanted to see and is the least I expect from her .

I see the Aussie Open being won by either Kvitova or Azarenka, but If Serena is on full force she might win it.
The French is Maria's , she's been working on her game to be more consistent on clay and with a new serve (that she'll be working out in the off season ) she'll win it .
Wimbledon will be won by Kvitova again. I mean she loves the place, and when she's on she's unplayable there .
USO will be won by either Rena,Venus,Kim,Kvitova,Sharapova .

I want to see matches such as : Rena-Stosur , Maria-Kvitova, Rena-Kvitova .

I expect Kvitova to snatch the 1# rank from Wozniacki after the Aussie Open, and I expect for Maria,Kvitova,Azarenka,Serena,Zvonareva/Wozniacki to be the top 5 for most of the year.
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Re: What are your expectations for 2012?

Kim wins 2 slams and an Olympic medal.
Marion wins a medal too and reach a slam final.
Vika is the best ranked player of the young generation.
Wozniacki leaves the top 10 and doesn't reach any slam QF.
Kinda wish Venus to have a last very good result too.

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Re: What are your expectations for 2012?

In a perfect scenario, the mess that will be known as 2011 really was a change of guards and we have Victoria and Kvitova dominating the tour, which quite frankly is something I expected Vika to have been doing for some time now.

In that case, watch out for Azarenka at the Australian Open and especially the French Open. She'll likely win one of those. Stosur will be trouble at those events as well.

Kvitova should win Wimbledon and will be a big contender at all slams. I expect her to become #1 right after the Australian.

Maria won't make any impact next year if you ask me. She'll contend and lift her vintage fans' hopes up, only to falter in the latter stages. As much as we try convincing ourselves in the contrary, she really doesn't seem to care that much about her game or her future.

Kim, Serena and Venus will retire.

The Empresseses, Sexlanas and Baby Ancies out there will remain irrelevant to the tour as they proceed their slow march into retirement.

Wozniacki will be a top 10 player who gives opponents a lot of headaches, but her game is broken and she'll be steamrolled by everyone who's behind her in the rankings. That includes Radwanska who I expect to have a good year too.

So yeah, I expect Kvitova and Azarenka to comfortably dominate the tour. They have the game and mental set to do so. And I'm hoping for a terrific rivalry, 'cause they are pretty amazing and could be giving us some good years to come if they keep it up.
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Re: What are your expectations for 2012?

Next year should be a transition year, so I'mhoping all the top players are healthy, and we have some good matches between the old guard and Generation Suck.
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Yep, it will be an 'end of an era' with many players retiring. The Olympics have probably kept a few players in for 'one more year'. It will probably be the last season for Clijsters, Schiavone, Na Li, Venus and a bunch more.

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Anyway, I actually think Petra will have a bad start at 2012 after such a demanding and tiring season (still not over) where she had no pressure on her shoulders.

For 2012, she (and Serena) will be the press favourite for the title at AO and all the attentions will be on her, which may affect her. IDK, she seems to work on small streaks in tournaments, then disappear and comeback after 2/3 months (Brisbane-AO-Paris; Madrid-RG-Eastbourne-Wimbledon; Linz-YEC-Fed Cup?). Azarenka is probably a bigger threat at AO, she only lost to either Serena or RU Li since they changed the surface.
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Re: What are your expectations for 2012?

I actually think generation suck won't win a slam next year.

sdflkalufhafukj first Aga hype, and now Vika. Wake up people, Vika has had good runs in back to back weeks multiple times in her career already but it means jack. Doesn't indicate anything for the future at all.

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I actually think generation suck won't win a slam next year.

sdflkalufhafukj first Aga hype, and now Vika. Wake up people, Vika has had good runs in back to back weeks multiple times in her career already but it means jack. Doesn't indicate anything for the future at all.
Of course it does. Who will be winning the majors when the old guard is out?
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Kim for sure is going to retire next year.

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Serena will win the golden slam. duh.

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Re: What are your expectations for 2012?

I am looking forward to 2012!! Kim and Serena playing big tourneys, Vika and Petra playing well, that makes up for a great year of tennis. Also, Petko will do well, wining a few good titles. Thats my bold prediction!!

Caro will hit skids. Her looking for a new coach is a bit of a disaster. She hasnt improved for almost a year, while the other players did. She is going backward.
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