Interesting Women’s Tennis
Women’s tennis, for my taste, has always been more interesting as a sporting event than men’s tennis. The personalities are more varied, and the points are not just dominated by one huge serve.
From the days of Chris Evert and Billie Jean King, the conflicts lead to upsets, exciting matches and sometimes inexplicable blow outs.
A prime example was yesterday’s Wimbledon quarterfinal between Maria Sharapova, who was just coming off an exciting coronation as champion at the French Open. Her opponent, little known Sabine Lisicki of Germany, dominated the contest, winning in two sets, 6-4 and 6-3.
Sharapova who was just ranked #1 in the world after the French lost her top rating as well. And Lisicki gained a measure of retribution because she had lost to Sharapova just last year.
U.S. player Serena Williams is now the only well-known American left in the tournament. Her powerful ground strokes give her the potential to win the whole thing, but if there’s one thing you learn in tennis, any top professional player can beat any other on any given day.
It’s interesting to see how the different players fare on the different surfaces: the French is a much slower clay; Wimbledon, of course, is grass; and the hard surfaces of the U.S. Open all require versatility, a talent Sharapova does not seem to have this year.