Thursday, June 25, 2009

2009 Wimbledon Women’s Preview

Wimbledon has been a home away from home for the Williams sisters. They have combined to win seven of the last nine women’s titles. And in three of those finals, they played against one another. Parity has been growing within women’s tennis, as opponents are primed to challenge the Williams sisters’ stranglehold of Centre Court.

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Venus Williams
Venus Williams is looking to three-peat at Wimbledon this year. And if you want to take the numbers even further back, she has won three of the last four women’s titles. Playing on grass does bring out the best in Venus, as she elevates her game to the next level. Her powerful serve can overtake any opponent during a course of a match. And if she needs any further motivation, Venus didn’t fare well at the Australian or French Open this year. That could inspire her onward for a sixth Wimbledon crown.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams has rebounded nicely in her career, after suffering through several disappointing seasons. At one point in this turnaround, she went to win 18 straight Grand Slam matches, including the 2008 U.S. and 2009 Australian Open titles. Not too many players can match her strength and speed on the tennis court, and that separates her from the competition. Her quarterfinal finish at this year’s French Open could motivate her to make a return appearance at the all-ladies final come this July.

Dinara Safina
Dinara Safina is winless in three Grand Slam final appearances, but she hopes for a different result this year at the All England Tennis Club. History isn’t on her side, as Safina hadn’t advanced past the third round at Wimbledon in her career. One question that remains unanswered: Did she learn from mistakes made in past Grand Slams to prevail this year on Centre Court?

Elena Dementieva
Elena Dementieva had a successful 2008 season, as she captured the Gold Medal in the Beijing Olympic Games, and her success has continued into 2009. Dementieva had a 15-match winning streak snapped in a semifinal loss to Serena Williams at this year’s Australian Open. Her serve isn’t as strong as some of the other players, but Dementieva compensates with having the best defensive game in tennis.

Jelena Jankovic
Jelena Jankovic began the season as the #1 tennis player in the world. Then the roof caved in, as she was upseted in the fourth round at the 2009 Australian Open. Jankovic has re-focused on fixing her game, and is confident she is on an upswing heading into Wimbledon. But remember, Jankovic has only reached one Grand Slam final in her career, and that was in last year’s U.S. Open.

Written By Thomas Conroy