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What does the WTA need to do?

I'm watching the Men's Doubles final and the crowd seem more hyped and pumped than they did for the snooze-fest Ladies SINGLES final. 31 year old Kerber, Wozniacki, Halep, Barty are our recent slam winners. Slam draws seem to fall apart in the first week. Ash Barty faced one seed to win the FO. Simona didn't face a single seed until the SF (where she met fucking Svitolina on grass) and then Serena in the final. The #1 ranking is being thrown around like a hot potato. Serena Williams is pushing 40 and still beating most girls until she reaches the final where she tends to put on an embarrassing display. Can the WTA sink any lower? I don't think it can?

Which begs the question, what does the WTA need to do in order to get out of this devastating and embarrassing stage of its existence? What CAN it do? Just ride it out? Does there need to be greater investment in tennis in first world countries to give poorer kids the opportunity to play rather than just leaving it to the upper class kids who have no fight in them and no will to win when push comes to shove?

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Everything's right. What's wrong is you. And "wrong" is a very weak word.

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A proper wikipedia site. It should be much easier to find out who won which slam.

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I’m very critical of the WTA but they really have no influence over an outcome of a match between Halep & Svitolina, for example.

The WTA is in a weird place right now with high turnovers of slam champions, a lack of order restored, large numbers of players who hit a short lived purple patch, and Serena buckling under the pressure in 3 consecutive one sided slam final losses, but this is not through any fault of the WTA association itself.
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It was better with Serena dominating the field than having this shit show where she played into the final and then crack down cause of the 24 pressure.
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Everything's right. Please. The WTA is a joke right now. We know it, ATP fans know it, regular pundits who tune into Wimbledon every year know it. It's embarrassing.
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nothing, itțs perfect like this.

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A decent calendar would help. It's hard for players to gain good momentum when the calendar is a mess like this and the WTA has this ridiculous culture of withdrawing/retiring all the time. On-court coaching does not help either because players don't build self-reliance. But also to ride out this era, things could be a lot worse.
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I dont know how to fix inconsistency. Halep went out last major to a 17 year old.
Riske was very close to being in this final. Osaka was just on the cover of time as THE HEIR.

Lets be real, if Michelle Obama and Samuel L Jackson & Alicia Keys are tweeting congratulations to a 15 year old they never heard of for beating Hercog, who you KNOW they never heard of, then the tour is very small niche sport and they are lucky that BJK and the others got equal pay

That whole media hype and the public reaction to Gauff was comical. Teens beating journeyman veterans is a common part of WTA
Kutuzova won 2 rounds at a premier at age 14 and she had no game. The veterans were just too nervous to play teens, like Serena in these finals

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The WTA is a joke right now.
Your claim is.

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I don't think the WTA is in a bad place right now but it's certainly in a weird place.

Everyone wishes for more competitive matches, the WTA would be a much better place if we had more finals like what Osaka and Kvitova gave us at the Australian Open, sometimes though it just doesn't work out like that, it's disappointing and frustrating but the WTA can't do anything about that

Today for example, yet again we didn't get a competitive final but we haven't had a three set Wimbledon final since 2012.

As for Grand Slam draws falling apart the answer to that is yes and no. French Open, even though Barty vs Vondrousova was a surprising final when you come to think of it, the tournament went pretty much with the form book. As for Wimbledon the draw fell apart at the Last 16 stage however, seeing the likes of Riske, Strycova and Muchova go deep wasn't all that surprising because their games are well suited to grass.

We've seen a lot of randomness in the WTA international tournaments but that's common, in the WTA Premier events and above to Slam level the top players have delivered this season.

With the players coming through the WTA has potential to get better, right now we just have to pray for more competitiveness and hope consistency especially at the top of the game improves.
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With the players coming through the WTA has potential to get better, right now we just have to pray for more competitiveness and hope consistency especially at the top of the game improves.
I agree with this, the young players are very promising and the future does look a bit brighter than what we have today. But wow, it's stooped low. Like, really low. Osaka needs to get herself back into form and start dominating again, with Anisimova, Bencic, Andreescu, Sabalenka, etc etc following suit!!
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wta needs that top 10 players start making second week of slams regularly. The consistency is missing. Top players making second week will be good for wta and however wins it, ill be good for tournament. Consistency is lacking big time which is what bad for tour. People pay for top players and top players need to reach last 8 of slams
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I truely believe Serena W is not a good representative of WTA and of tennis overall to promote tennis for young girls but she´s the only active legend of tennis so...

And, as long as Serena keeps ridiculing the WTA tour with her persistent slam finals nearing her 40s (she shouldn´t be making all thos finals playing like that, regardless of her age), no other player will get confident to take over and win it all. Something similar happened in the late 90´s with Graf, who pushed back Hingis and Venus ambitions, but she at least retired at 29.

The problem might be also generational, maybe the new smartphone generation will never be as good as the previous ones because ATP has a similar problem, albeit with 3 legends and not just 1, vying for slams, while the rest is pretty useless, so, there´s not much WTA can do actually
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