It’s anybody’s Wimbledon: Women’s tennis has a problem of nameless, faceless champions
During the US Open last year, she wrote about how, unlike the more predictable male tour, women’s draw was wide-ranging, the multiple challenges posed a real threat to the dominance of Serena Williams . We talked about how the uncertainty was gained a good thing and makes it exciting for women’s tennis and dramatic. This is always true.
However, it is fair to look at the back of the unpredictability of the female tour. Wimbledon this year is a great example because it’s hard to pinpoint a clear favorite. Is it a blessing or a curse?
Women’s tennis has lacked a coherent narrative – aside from Serena Williams’s – during the decade. Since 2010, fourteen different women have won the Grand Slam title. Compare this to the men’s game, where there were half that number champions.
A look at the list of finalists is even more revealing. Twenty-eight different women have reached a Grand Slam final since January 2010, in front of only ten men. Among these players, thirteen have not won a Grand Slam.
Of course, this reflects the increase in female tennis depth since the age of, say Steffi Graf. More and more unknown names and young players are able to win a particular event as they have shown in the last decade. Even Serena Williams, possibly the most dominant player in the history of women’s tennis, suffered shock defeats at the hands of massive imbeciles.
For example, in three successive races – US Open 2015, Australian Open 2016 French Open 2016 – he was frustrated in his attempt to match Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles by players who were not supposed to beat. This made the crises incredible and friendly in recent times.
However, a less pleasant truth is denied. No one can hold onto top graduation or build a winning streak that makes it difficult for many tennis aficionados – but the most harmless – even to keep track of the list of champions, leave a firm favorite to follow all along Of his career and his roots passionately. So what exactly is the problem?
Of the fourteen Grand Slam winners this decade, six have won only one. Two of them – Flavia Pennetta and Marion Bartoli – announced their retirement shortly after winning their first love. The last Grand Slam champion, Jelena Ostapenko, who won his first major, just two days after winning twenty years, is a brilliant example of a player with great potential and talent that suddenly breaks.
But she is not favored on grass courts, and few will be surprised if she loses early. This is not so much a comment on your skills, but rather a succession of how we have become concerned about the wonders we saw late.
Two players who embody the best are Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza. Last year was theirs. Their respective victories (the Australian Open and the United States for Kerber and French for Muguruza) seemed to herald a new era and, hopefully, a new rivalry at the top. But both have been generously met expectations.