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Is women's tennis wide open?

US Open
by Richard Irvine-Brown (U7774651) 14 September 2009
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What does Kim Clijsters' victory at Flushing Meadows tell us about women's tennis in 2009?

Yes, there are all the incredible statistics - the first mother to win since 1980, two high-profile tournament wins in the three she has entered since giving birth, the first wildcard to win, and so on - but does that underscore how unpredictable the women's field can be in major tournaments?

With big stars (if not in-form players) such as Elena Dementiava, Jelena Jokavic, and Maria Sharapova falling early in the tournament to younger talent whose names may not be well known to those with a casual interest, is there a problem for sponsors and organisers to promote the women's game?

Or does the lack of dominance by any one player, coupled with the personal interest stories of champions like Clijsters, actually make for more compelling sport?

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posted Sep 14, 2009

i have to say im delighted to see kim back playing again. she's a lovely charactor and entertaining to watch, i hoped that she would win the us open, but didnt actually think she would. the win against serena really impressive! players like safina, sharapova, jankovic and ivanovic etc are not on top of their game at the minute, and i didnt see these girls winning the title. next year will be interesting. what a chance for dementieva to win the title, but yet again, she's wasted another opportunity. time is running out for her now. roll on next year, things could get interesting but we need all players on top of their game at same time, to liven it up!

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posted Sep 14, 2009

Maybe it's more to do with how poor the standard is??

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posted Sep 14, 2009

What it tells us about womens tannis is simple: Not enough variety in terms of play! It's all hit the ball as hard as you can, and the opponent will hit it back harder!

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posted Sep 14, 2009

Hit the ball as hard...
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the women's game is not as simplistic as that exaggeration suggests.There is a lot of variety in the women's game and I think fans had a lot of rallies to thrill them during this tournament.Unless you lack basic analytical skills,net play, base line play ,serve and volley approaches,thrilling attack and defence,name it were all there to see.The service games had variety and victory was not necessarily about having the best serve.In short the women's game is healthy.
What is not healthy is perhaps the erroneous expectation that the women's game can somehow emulate much of what the men's game is.And if that is the case then there are many who are fed up of the predictability of the end result of slams.When the Murray's disappoint and leave the US open to Federer yet again,not many retain the interest to watch grand slam finals.Beyond answering the question will he get Sampra's record,the interest to watch Federer do it again will soon begin to take negative effect.
Women mix it up at the top a little bit and keep us interested:Will Safina win a slam finally,what are Kim's chances,will she pull a surprise,how far will emerging talent-Oudin and the US open runner up go?And ofcourse the ups and downs of the William sisters which never seems to lack controversy or other interesting twists.I think that mix coupled with the upsets we see on court show just the robustness that makes me want to watch the women's Aussie open,French, Wimbledon, etc.You just cannot guess what will happen.
In the men's game,we have a bunch of optimists who seem to enjoy knocking of one another while hoping that Federer will somehow be absent or get knocked out by someone else.If they meet him, whatever their game plan,it melts away in one set, that is if the sight of the man himself does not make them freeze like rabbits in floodlights.If Nalbaldian,Nadal and sometimes Jokovich or Murray does not meet Federer in a final,the outcome is quite obvious.So,which gives a kick in a viewer like me?Much more the women's where most players stand a winning chance in the end than the men's game where there are mere participants and one obvious winner,especially in Slams.

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posted Sep 14, 2009

Unfortunately the grand slam tennis matches have become so rote, little of any variety in the strokes, just base line to base line for the most part.

Jimmy Connors was amusing, entertaining and he had the strokes and guts.

It's clear the current crop of top ranked players don't really bother so much since they get paid huge sums of money just for turning up - much like pro-golfers.

But, why only two sets for the womens matches, are they so fragile? And yet they demand and get the same purses as the men. What a mess.

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posted Sep 14, 2009

Anyone who can challenge the Williams sisters has to be a good thing.

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posted Sep 14, 2009

Henin to announce a come-back according to rtbf (Belgian TV). There should be a press conference soon.

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comment by Ginger (U9105878)

posted Sep 15, 2009

It's not up to much

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posted Sep 15, 2009

So good to see a beautiful young woman winning a Slam rather than an ugly great monster.

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posted Sep 15, 2009

Are women's marathons shorter than mens?

Do women footballers play less than 90 minute games??

Ive been baffled for a few years now that the women don't play more sets. I for one think they are up to a 5 setter, they are modern athletes, and get paid enough.

Just wanted to throw that out there...

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