Saturday, 1 May 2010

Porsche Tennis Grand Prix - Clay

I haven't posted about tennis for a while but this tournament has provided quite a few shocks so I had to.

Will Justine Henin win her first tournament back? I think so. Whilst Shahar Peer has made a few shocks against Agnieszka Radwanska and somewhat to Dinara Safina I think Justine will pull through, though Justine has had quite a tough journey into the semifinals. Sam Stosur will probably be her opponent in the final, she hasn't had as difficult a journey so I don't know if she's capable of beating Justine.

It's quite shocking that in a tournament with 7 of the world's top 10 that only one made the final 4. Of course I kind of count Justine Henin as part of that elite but Shahar Peer and Anna Lapushchenkova weren't obvious choices for semifinal spots.

Caroline Wozniacki losing to Lucie Safarova was the first shock then Victoria Azarenka losing to Anna Lapushchenkova, leaving that section of the draw seedless and ready for any shocks. Some say Svetlana Kuznetsova losing to Na Li was a huge shock, in a way it was because Na Li had come back from a losing streak but I always knew Na Li had it in her to topple the best of players. Agnieszka Radwanska losing to Shahar Peer meant that the "3" had lost before the third round, by the "3" I mean Caroline, Victoria and Agnieszka.

Overall I think the tour has actually suffered quite a lot even with the return of Clijsters and Henin. Firstly the big names such as the Williams and to some extent Dinara Safina have not been prevalent, then we have the younger generation of Wozniacki, Azarenka, Radwanska - who are good but not consistent enough. Overall nobody is really dominating and instead everyone is kind of falling by the wayside to Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin's return. The WTA really needs a huge revamp, something to raise the competition as at the moment it's lagging behind.

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