Someone suggested doing a strengths and weaknesses thread of players ranked #11-20 so here it is.
#11 Marion Bartoli
- One of the few players who can beat anyone when on a roll. Can whip herself into a frenzy and has the game to back it up when on song.
- Double-handed strokes aren't easy to read and can really shoot through the court.
- Aggressive returner who is willing to take it early and really step into the court and can unnerve opponents.
- Unathletic for a modern day tennis player and moves poorly. Being double-handed highlights this even more as it reduces her reach.
- Can be too aggressive on her second serve, which means she can make a huge amount of double faults.
- Zero feel or finesse in her game means she's in trouble against any player who can get her off the baseline (her results against Radwanska highlight this)
#12 Nadia Petrova
- Excellent serve that is one of the best on the WTA when working.
- Backhand is a solid and compact shot which she can hit plenty of winners off and rarely breaks down.
- Good court sense and is an excellent volleyer.
- Fragile mentally which means she can throw away matches by beating herself.
- Doesn't move or defend particularly well so is in trouble if she's made to be on the run.
- Forehand can break down.
#13 Ana Ivanovic
- Forehand is still on the most dangerous shots in tennis when working, particularly when she hits it inside-out.
- First serve can win cheap points.
- At her best when she's aggressive and looking to finish points early.
- Another player who is fragile mentally and can get herself into a complete state when things aren't working.
- Backhand groundshot consistently lands before the centre of the box and can be attacked by any decent ballstriker.
- Erratic ball toss means her serve is always unreliable.
#14 Maria Kirilenko
- Good all court player who is one of the better volleyers in the game.
- Can mix it up and try and change her game if plan A isn't working.
- Excellent competitor.
- Lacks a real killer shot and needs pace to work with.
- Long swings means she's in trouble if her game isn't working on fast, low bouncing surfaces.
- She might compete well but it doesn't prevent her from getting tight in the biggest moments.
#15 Dominika Cibulkova
- Feisty competitor who like Bartoli can whip herself into a frenzy and be dangerous when on form.
- Forehand can hit a lot of winners due to good timing.
- Makes the most of her height and has good footwork and movement.
- She's sacrificed consistency to be an ultra-aggressive ball-striker, but it means when her game is off that she drowns in unforced errors and hits herself off court.
- Doesn't have a plan B if plan A isn't working.
- Lack of height means she's in trouble against players who use heavy topspin or are big servers.
#16 Roberta Vinci
- One of the very few old school players left and has great touch, particularly on her volleys.
- Also one of the very few players who can hit a backhand slice aggressively and can give players fits as they aren't used to dealing with it.
- Forehand can hit winners.
- Doesn't really have a backhand groundshot which means she's in big trouble if her slice isn't working.
- Not particularly athletic and doesn't move that well.
- Game on a whole is inconsistent and erratic.
#17 Lucie Safarova
- Excellent forehand which she can hit a lot of winners off. Particularly good at hitting the ball down onto court.
- First serve is effective and will win cheap points off it.
- Overall power can see her through matches against weaker opposition.
- Extremely inconsistent and can lose to anyone when off.
- Doesn't move or anticipate well.
- Not particularly good at dealing with slices and loopy balls on her backhand.
#18 Julia Goerges
- Forehand is one of the biggest in tennis when on form.
- Can hit a lot of service winners if her serve is working.
- Not afraid to mix it up.
- Another player who can drown in errors and lose to anyone when off.
- Huge swings means her timing needs to be spot on, or else she loses all control on her shots.
- Has a tendency to just roll, rather than hit through her backhand, and doesn't defend well enough to protect it.
#19 Kaia Kanepi
- Excellent first serve.
- Able to generate a lot of pace and heaviness on her shots, which allow her to be aggressive without being reckless.
- Capable of hitting through players.
- Can get extremely tight in the big moments.
- Groundshots are not the most solid technically and will make errors if not working.
- Unathletic and not the best mover.
#20 Ekaterina Makarova
- Gets nice punch on her groundstrokes.
- One of those players who has the ability to get onto a roll and be very difficult to beat.
- Decent first serve.
- Brittle mentally.
- Not the best of movers.
- Isn't particularly solid despite not having an the most explosive of ground-game.