Tennis Wta: to be number 1? A nightmare. Winning a Grand Slam? Worse



by FEDERICO COPPINI

Tennis Wta: to be number 1? A nightmare. Winning a Grand Slam? Worse

Has closed the 2012 edition of Wimbledon with the winning of big American girl called Serena Williams, who at 30 years has given a great demonstration of strength, especially after the disappointment of the output in the first round from the last Roland Garros.


In short, no cheating: despite exactly 10 years (it was July 8, 2002) since Serena hoisted for the first time at the top of the ranking, she is still the queen of the WTA circuit, to demonstrate how ranking’s mathematics is only a of opinion.

Moreover, in the last 5 years, the U.S. was the only top player to have given continuity to those results, winning, climbing to number 1 and keeping win. The smaller of the two Williams was in fact the only one in this period of time, to have won a slam to number 1 on the board.

The trend was abruptly interrupted it by winning the 2007 U.S. Open to Justine Henin , rightly remembered as one of the last dominating the WTA circuit. Since then we have followed Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Dinara Safina, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, but no one has ever imposed on a permanent basis or be able to win the Grand Slam as a favorite.

This "sad" story begins and ends (for now) with Maria Sharapova, the beautiful Russian wins Melbourne in 2008 and became number one on January 29, Roland Garros, but the next time badly out in the second round at the hands of Safina.

Will have to wait four years to win in Paris and return to number 1, but then loses the second round last Wimbledon against Lisicki. That's just one example , which saw to the two Serbian players Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic other two cases in point: the first rose to No.

1 by winning the Roland Garros 2008, but from there she disappears from tennis that counts, and since 6 October of that year, replaces Jankovic, appearing for the first time at a number one Grand Slam at the Australian Open in 2009, where, however, already released in the second round, defeated by Marion Bartoli.

From this moment begins the era of two queens of the WTA circuit, perhaps the most controversial: Dinara Safina (who becomes number 1 from April 20, 2009) and Caroline Wozniacki (who rises to the summit on 11 October 2010).

The first will be favored to 3 races of the Grand Slam (Paris, London and New York 2009), the second even 6 (5 to No. 1 ranking and, at the U.S. Open 2010, from number 1 on the board, because the less of Serena Williams). None of them can, however, never win, Safina is able to win only to the final in Paris, while the Danish actually never comes even to the last act of a major tournament.

The only exception in recent years, in fact, Serena Williams, able to win from the No. 1 ranking in the 2010 editions of the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Even today, she is dominating the circuit, in fact Victoria Azarenka and "Masha" seem to have had another curse, which again only the Williams (and Kim Clijsters in part) remained immune these 5 years after the involution of a Grand Slam victory.

The younger of the Williams won the U.S. Open after 2008 and Melbourne 2009, then stopping the quarter of Paris, she won back in 2009 at Wimbledon, arriving in the next U.S. Open semifinals, then win again at the Australian Open in 2010.

No player has had this continuity, not even Clijsters, who despite having won two consecutive Grand Slam (U.S. Open 2010 and Melbourne 2011), then collected, also among the various accidents, a few other positive results (second round in Paris 2011 losing to Russia the third round of the 2010 Australian Open losing to Petrova).

For other players, win a Grand Slam has always been a curse rather than a success: Svetlana Kuznetsova won in Paris in 2009 and lost the third round of Wimbledon by the wildcard Lisicki and from there no more acute events: in Paris, she won in 2010 Francesca Schiavone and in Wimbledon will be released directly to the first round, as will happen in the years after Li Na.

Petra Kvitova wins in London in 2011 and subsequent U.S. Open exit at the first round by Dulgheru, initiating a series of disappointing results. Other "cursed" was Samantha Stosur, who after reaching the dream "Slam" in 2011 in New York has gradually turned off, losing the first round by Cirstea to the following Australian Open.

For this curse, although not in this form as "serious", they are drawn back even Victoria Azarenka, triumphed in Melbourne 2012 and badly exit at the second round at Roland Garros, and Maria Sharapova, dominatrix in Paris, but out in the second round of Wimbledon after a series of unconvincing evidence.

The question arises: to win a Grand Slam and become number 1 really brings bad luck or is it just that women's tennis has become a standard level of medium / low that it can’t enforce a single player to the attention of the history of the sport? But above all: by her profound intelligence, Agnieszka Radwanska, lost the final of Wimbledon because of a Grand Slam victory in the contemporary with the conquest of the peak of ranking didn’t suit with her career? Beyond the jokes, is quite exemplary of the fact that the player to beat is still in her thirties and now starts at the end of his career.

Who will replace it? Who will do the story? Or indeed the women's game is expected to become even more anonymous?

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