Re: Most succesful years of birth on the WTA right now
Obviously tennis is now dominated by players born between 1980-91.
It is clear that once players reach 32, they seem to retire/become doubles specialists/drop in the rankings. Greta Arn (1978) has just dropped out of the top 100, Tamarine Tanasugarn (1977) has barely played this year and is presumably going to retire at Wimbledon/Olympics, as she won't be top 100 after the grass court season. Date Krumm (1970) is just a phenomenon, but she can't last more than 12 more months in the game, one would presume....
1992 was clearly a very poor year as only Christina McHale has been able to establish herself as a regular in WTA tour main draws - Heather Watson, the second best player, has already fallen out of the top 100 and is struggling to find her way back, though at least she hasn't exactly slumped. The next best 1992 girls, Karolina Pliskova, Ormaechea and Arruabarrena Vecino have all improved substantially recently but ranked 121-131, are still some way off becoming top 100 players and really need to qualify for RG plus win a round or two there to get those big points to move up.
The main bright news has been the arrival of Timea Babos this year, as Sloane Stephens seems to have stalled. The next best players, Muguruza Blanco and Garcia are very talented, though Muguruza Blanco is in a much stronger position as far as breaking the top 100 is concerned as Garcia's progress has been hampered by poor form and she will now be defending 2r RG points as well.
No reps in the top 100 - the race is now on to see if and when Laura Robson (94) and Yulia Putintseva (95) can break the top 100. Putintseva looks the more likely at this stage, given her recent surge in the rankings and Robson's poor form and injury problems, though Robson is the sort of player who can pull a good result out of nowhere....
Last edited by StephenUK; May 14th, 2012 at 01:01 PM.
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