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Matt Cronin: 2013 - good for some, bad for others

"The following looks at the 2012 year-end top 10 players on both tours and discusses what would make positive or negative seasons for them in 2013.

Victoria Azarenka:
Good year: Wins two Grand Slams while managing to beat Serena Williams the majority of the times they play. In 2012, she was clearly the world’s best fast court player until Williams revival at Wimbledon. Azarenka had the most impressive year of any player of her generation in 2012, but if the world No. 1 wants to lead past the veteran elite for good she is going to have to continue to improve and consistently find ways to beat the likes of legends Serena and Maria Sharapova. The 23 year old is almost there with the Russian, but isn’t even close with Serena, whom she lost to five times in 2012.

Bad Year: No Slam titles, she can’t find her way past Serena and other standout veterans like Sharapova and Li Na. She also loses critical matches to members of her generation like Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova.

Maria Sharapova:
Good year: Another Slam title (anywhere) and she consistently goes deep at the other tournaments while not suffering any blow out defeats like she did on occasion in 2012 to Serena and Azarenka. Her first win over Serena since 2004 would do wonders for her confidence, as would her first full year of solid, big serving since 2007.

Bad Year: Fails to win another major, gets roughed up by Serena and Azarenka and begins to lose ground to the younger set of Kvitova, Radwanska and Wozniacki.

Serena Williams:
Goodyear: She wins another two majors to up her total to 17, just one shy of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and there by puts herself in the discussion of the top two players ever (in my mind, Steffi Graf is currently the best ever,followed by Navratilova and Evert). She wins Roland Garros, the only Slam she has won a single time (in 2002) and the tournament that troubles her the most.

Bad Year: Fails to win a Slam, becomes injured for the umpteenth time and misses a chunk of the season. She suffers another early, inexplicable loss on red clay at Roland Garros, which essentially ends the 31-year-old chances of ever raising the French trophy again.

Agnieszka Radwanska:
Good year: Wins her first Grand Slam title and turns around her rivalries with Williams, Sharapova and Azarenka. Manages to sneak past those three and grab for the No. 1 ranking for a brief time.

Bad Year: Consistently comes up short against the top 3 and fails to reach another Slam final. Shell shocked when her younger sister, Urszula, passes her in the rankings.

Petra Kvitova:
Good year: Wins her second Slam title, and manages to play and compete well for the whole season because she is no longer getting sick every other month. Shows both Azarenka and Radwanska just who the best player of their generation is and finally reaches No. 1.

Bad Year: Fails to reach a Slam final, cannot figure out what is causing her immune system to constantly break down and tires too quickly to be able to achieve her massive potential.

The best of the Rest

Good year: No. 5 Angelique Kerber improves by five percent and plays gutsier ball at the majors, which brings the German to her first final and maybe her first Slam title…Sarah Errani adds a little more oomph to her strokes and whizzes past the field to win Roland Garros… Li Na flourished under new coach Carlos Rodriguez and wins her second (and final Slam)… Sam Stosur finally has a terrific Australian summer and makes a deep run into the second week at Melbourne…Caroline Wozniacki continues to improve her serve and forehand,re-enters the top five and steals the US Open title.

Bad Year: Kerber repeats her 2012 Slam performances and can’t come up with the goods against the other elites at crunch time…Errani comes back to earth and is a non-factor on every surface except for clay… The enigmatic Li begins to ignore Rodriguez, eventually fires him and loses interest on the sport… Stosur has another atrocious Australian summer when she replicates 2012 winning only one match down under … Wozniacki continues to be stubborn, ignores the counsel of outside coaches and retains the bad habit of pushing the balls at the majors.
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Re: Matt Cronin: 2013 - good for some, bad for others

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Caroline Wozniacki continues to improve her serve and forehand,re-enters the top five and steals the US Open title
I would love that!
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Re: Matt Cronin: 2013 - good for some, bad for others

Matt Cronin never learns

Radwanska winning a slam

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Matt Cronin never learns

Radwanska winning a slam
these aren't predictions; he's just setting the standards for what would be a good or bad year for these players.
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LMAO at Cronin thinking Ula passing Aga in the rankings is ANYWHERE within the realm of possibility to even bring it up.

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if all players have good season next year we will need 11 Slams to distribute between top 10 , Matt has no faith only in Sam Stosur whose maximum achievement is supposed to be "make a deep run into the second week at Melbourne"

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these aren't predictions; he's just setting the standards for what would be a good or bad year for these players.
A good great year for Peak Aga is winning Miami and that's it.

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Wozniacki continues to be stubborn, ignores the counsel of outside coaches and retains the bad habit of pushing the balls at the majors.
Matt called Woz "a pusher" (only at majors though)

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"The following looks at the 2012 year-end top 10 players on both tours and discusses what would make positive or negative seasons for them in 2013.

Victoria Azarenka:
Good year: Wins two Grand Slams while managing to beat Serena Williams the majority of the times they play. In 2012, she was clearly the world’s best fast court player until Williams revival at Wimbledon. Azarenka had the most impressive year of any player of her generation in 2012, but if the world No. 1 wants to lead past the veteran elite for good she is going to have to continue to improve and consistently find ways to beat the likes of legends Serena and Maria Sharapova. The 23 year old is almost there with the Russian, but isn’t even close with Serena, whom she lost to five times in 2012.
When did this happen. Her best results were at the beginning of the year. The Australian courts are medium paced courts.......Indian Wells is slow. How was she the best fast court player.

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A good great year for Peak Aga is winning Miami and that's it.
Well since it's one of the few tournaments Serena bothers to try at, I think winning there again would be great too
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I don't think the quality of Sam's year can fairly be determined by what happens in the first month of the season ...

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All I want to know is what is Matt Cronin smok'n.
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LMAO at Cronin thinking Ula passing Aga in the rankings is ANYWHERE within the realm of possibility to even bring it up.
both fall out of top 30

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Matt called Woz "a pusher" (on at majors though)
Well, to me calling Wozniacki a "pusher" sounds like less of an insult than calling, say, Kvitova or Li an "unforced errorer." But, yeah, Matt knows what his public wants to hear.

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