SEWTA Top 10: Strengths and Weaknesses
We usually do this every year so here goes!
1. Caroline Wozniacki
Strength: Her fantastic anticipation makes her ugly movement seem much better than it actually is. Unlike great movers like JJ and Clijsters who are great because of their technical movement, Wozniacki is a great mover because of her ability to predict where the ball is going to go.
Weakness: Obviously, the forehand is a technical disaster. When she tries to be aggressive with it, she will almost never be successful. The best bet with the forehand is to just roll it deep for her. With her running forehand she always seems to take an extra step to loop it in court, which takes time away from her. I also think her mentality in big matches prevents her from going for her shots when she really needs to. She's capable of serving big and hitting some huge backhands, but she almost refuses to during GS matches.
2. Petra Kvitova
Strength: Just EASY power. Almost Davenport-esque. She takes a bigger swing on the ball than Lindsay, but she gets the ball just so deep and flat, that it is totally threatening on ALL surfaces. She also tries her best to apply a transition game and her variety as well as consistency has improved DRASTICALLY over the past year.
Weakness: When she is off, she is off. She is a great player technically, but when her timing is off, her wide swings just make the ball fly all over the court. Also when she isn't moving well, she is totally reminiscent of typical non GS Serena. taking long gigantic strides with no quicksteps at all to adjust for the ball.
3. Vika Azarenka
Strength: ROS. Always has been, and always will be. What she does so well with the ROS, especially off the backhand side, is not pummel a return, but she is able to use the pace of a big serve and return it deep, and consistently. She has consistently shown this against big servers such as Serena and Petra. Also, one thing I do appreciate from this girl is her effort to play a transition game forward, even though it isn't always effective.
Weakness: Unfortunately, compared to her stellar ROS, the rest of her game is relatively unimpressive. She doesn't have the power to be a ballbasher, but she also doesn't have the fitness to be a offensive grinder. The serve and forehand really isn't anything special. She used to be a mental mess but seems to have improved on it a lot.
4. Maria Sharapova
Strength: ROS on the 2nd serve. She really has improved upon this, and any 2nd serve sitter will most likely be put away for a winner by Maria. What got Maria her slams though were her groundstrokes. When on, they are consistently deep with quite a bit of weight behind them. It is extremely difficult for defensive players to deal with her groundstrokes as they have so much depth and are able to push the opponent back very far.
Weakness: Serve. Still is a huge problem, she was able to serve extremely well during the clay season but now the serve problems have gotten back to her. Throws up double faults just all the time and they are almost expected basically every game.
Strength: Just able to hit some WOW shots off both wings. Probably can hit some of the most ridiculous winners in this list, along with Petra. Also, she has fantastic footwork, when she moves her feet you can hear those little squeaky steps as she adjusts for the ball to time it perfectly.
Weakness: Just so prone to going AWOL in matches. She seemed to have fixed this problem after making consecutive Sydney and Australian finals, but then proceeded to lose 4 matches in a row. She then got it together after making the Rome and Madrid SF and winning the French Open defeating every favorite for the title, and then proceeded to her 2004 form (when she first arrived on tour) for the rest of the year.
I'm tired. I'll write the rest of this later.