Why “pushers” are good for WTA?
How many times have we heard tennis experts complaining about overly defensive players getting to the top of the world rankings?
Solidity takes you to the top, but will not make you win slams. Or so they say.
But is this really a bad thing for women’s tennis?
Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki have been world number ones for 85 weeks combined, Agnieska Radwanska has reached a slam final and peaked at world number two, Sara Errani has been a solid top 10 player with a slam final in Paris.
Nonetheless, the media seems to crucify them and describe them as being one of the worst plagues in the history of tennis, but they are very wrong, and this is why:
Let us take the Pole as an example.
The older of the Radwanska sisters constantly receives a great amount of criticism by the press and yet she has won the Fans' Favourite award held by the WTA for three consecutive seasons.
The 2012 Wimbledon finalist does not have the power to out-hit her physically stronger opponents, but her smart reading of the game and the variety of shots in her game-plan, often set her in a position of advantage against the one-dimensional ball strikers.
Probably the hottest potato is Caroline Wozniacki though.
The Dane has reigned on the top of the rankings for 67 weeks, finishing the season as world number one for two consecutive years. Amazing stats, but she has never won a slam title.
(Continues on Sports Gazette