Monday, July 11, 2011

Who will be the next to rise the bar?

Fresh off her maiden Grand Slam title, Petra Kvitova has been tipped to be the next 'big thing' in tennis and has set the bench mark for quality of play for others in her generation. With superb ball striking and a sensational lefty serve Kvitova has the promise to dominate the tour and continue to rise that bar to the outstanding level set by Serena Williams in 2002-03.

The question is when Kvitova does hit her peek will anyone be bale to poses the weapons and temperament to match her power hitting game?  A few names would spring to mind, Maria Sharapova, Andrea Petkovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Victoria Azarenka, Sabine Lisicki and well as a few more, naturally people assume current world number one Caroline Wozniacki. So who can create a rich rivalry with Petra Kvitova?

Maria Sharapova (rank 5, best 1, won 3 slams) Sharapova is recently hitting her old form after struggling with a shoulder issue since 2008. When Maria Sharapova was still struggling to get consistent results she was written off as ever being a danger again by some, after a disappointing Australain Open this year Maria quickly got her game together to make the semi final at Indian Wells, a final in Miami, win Rome, reach the semi's at Roland Garros and finish runner up at Wimbledon and quickly turn her career around. If Maria can continue to hold this form and keep it consistent she will defiantly continue to be a contender at slam and get a few more to her count and stick around for a few more years and reach the level set by Kvitova.

Andrea Petkovic (rank 11, best 11, 2 slam quarter finals) the German powerhouse may not be slam winning potential completly but get used to seeing her in the second week of slams. She has great ground strokes the only flaw I can pick is that she does not appear to be consistent on all surfaces, she has got the clay courts and the hard courts down, just need some grass practice.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (rank 13, best 13, 1 slam quarter final) all about potential, Pavlyuchenkova has only sort of lived up to her expectations at Roland Garros this year reaching the quarter finals and narrowly going down to Francesca Schiavone. The only question mark that looms over her is will she be able to reach
her full potential and challenge for slams in the future?

Victoria Azarenka (rank 4, best 4, 1 slam semi final) yet another potential filled young gun who never seems to live up to her expectation, know I love Victoria to death but she can not win any slams with her current mental ability. It really is all mental with her, yes she is not the fittest player and serve isn't the best but its all mental, mental, mental! She did well not to go into meltdown after being thumped 6-1 in the first set of her Wimbledon semi, but that is one small step on a long, long road.

Sabine Lisicki (rank 27, best 22, 1 slam semi final) after suffering a horrific injury at the 2009 US Open Lisicki has struggled to return to the form that took her to the 2009 Wimbledon quarter final, however that all as turned around recently, Lisicki was unlucky to lose against Vera Zvonerava ar Roland Garros this year and reached the Wimbledon semi final as a wild card, now she has a lot pressure and expectation placed on her I hope and pray she can deal with it and make a big name for herself.

Wozniacki (rank 1, best 1, 1 slam final) weapons, weapons, weapons she has the temperament when she is in front of her matches but at the moment she does lack weapons. Players who are just 'pushers' just simply do not win slams, she has done work on improving her serve recently but she still needs a forehand and a net game, with a forehand and a net game she will be able to bring her game together to win big ones.


Carlos said...

Aaaah! you are talking about my future ex-girlfriend. Sorry Caps, Ostrich will pick me because in my mind she will haha. :P

I'll start with The Big Stuffed Bunny. I said this before, until she develops weapons, cut her season short, and hires coach she could be on top. In order to develop weapons she has to dump daddy and get a coach that can. I don't see this happening. NO threat to the Ostrich, Next!

Petkovic The Dancing Buffoon: I'll repeat myself again, overrated up to the Ying Yang. Caps321 pointed out WickiWickiWicki wilts and folds, I could say the same thing about Petkovic:

Lost the final in Brisbane: 1-6, 3-6 to Ostrich
AO 11 lost in QF to Na: 2-6, 4-6
Indian Wells lost to Sponge Bart 4-6, 2-6
Miami lost Divapova in the semis 6-4, 0-6, 2-6
Retired in the Final of Strasbourg 4-6, 1-0
RG QF lost to Divapova 0-6, 3-6
Wimbledon 3rd loss Pervak 4-6 6-7

She is going deep into tournaments but not doing anything, plus I don't like her! She is NOT a legitimate threat to the Ostrich. Next!

Pavly: Is make it or break time. If she starts to get deeper into tournaments she will be in uncharted territories meaning she will lose until she gets the hang of being in the big stages. I don't see her having the game to beat the Ostrich once in awhile she can pull the upset. Next!

Angry Bird: This chick is nuts and to top everything she is snap, crackle, and pop. I don't think her game can topple the Ostrich's but it can give her a fit.

Licki Bean: She is the one that I see who can take out the ball bashers. She has the serve, and seems she can handle the big pops from the bashers. The only negative is that she punked out in the big stage. She needs to get used to them and we can see good victories from her. She could give the Ostrich more than a fit.

Divapova she can rival the Ostrich. I wrote her off because her camp downed play/lied about her shoulder injury and it took her more than two years to get herself going again. I wasn't impressed with Divapova's run at RG 11, at Wimbledon 11 her run was a bit better. Her loses were in straight sets on both of these slams. She looks to be improving, she is beating players that she suppose to beat as she suppose to. Hard court is her domain I see her hungry enough to establish her dominance once again. She will be like Elmer Fudd hunting Ostriches. Ear plugs please.

Anonymous said...

Aaaah! you are talking about my future ex-girlfriend. Sorry Caps, Ostrich will pick me because in my mind she will haha. :P

Carlos, I think we're both out of luck! Rumor has it, Ostrich is a COUGAR!

As of July 11, 2011

Peer, Shahar - current 24 - previous 23
Mattek-Sands, Bethanie - current 30 - previous 31
Hercog, Polona - current 37 - previous 53
Medina Garrigues, Anabel - current 39 - previous 43
Larsson, Johanna - current 46 - previous 65
Dulko, Gisela - current 51 - previous 37
Zahlavova Strycova, Barbora - current 53 - previous 60
Martinez Sanchez, Maria Jose - current 54 - previous 62
Sevastova, Anastasija - current 57 - previous 51
Begu, Irina-Camelia - current 60 - previous 77
Arvidsson, Sofia - current 61 - previous 73
Cetkovska, Petra - current 62 - previous 55
Chakvetadze, Anna - current 64 - previous 59
Parmentier, Pauline - current 66 - previous 74
McHale, Christina - current 68 - previous 66
Szavay, Agnes - current 75 - previous 49
Cirstea, Sorana - current 79 - previous 83
Bondarenko, Kateryna - current 88 - previous 102
Dolonts, Vesna - current 91 - previous 103
Oudin, Melanie - current 100 - previous 99

Carlos said...

Caps I forgot about that! She is a cougar at the old age of 21. Maybe a fake ID will do the trick haha.

BTW Ostrich is the spitting image of Momma Ostrich.

Could it be possible that by next week Mr. Oudin will be out of the top 100?

Anonymous said...

Don't think I've seen Momma Ostrich! Yes, I think Mr. Oudin is about to leave the top 100.

11:00am (Eastern) Goerges - Pous-Tio (WTA Bad Gastein)

Lucinda Perry said...

Caps, her mother is the one in the navy top! They do look very similar!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Lucinda!

Looks like Julia maybe had a court change. I'm looking at the scoreboard but can't find video.

Anonymous said...

Julia loses to #94 Pous-Tio 1-6, 6-2, 1-6. She is now 0-2 against this woman I know nothing about!

Carlos said...

Jarmila, Crazy Czech, Moi Lolita, and A. Bondarenko also lost in the first round.

That is a very bad loss for Julia, number one seed and a one and done performance.

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