The Women’s Round Up

Sep 5, 2009

I spoke of little blips in my earlier blog post in regards to the men’s tournament, but when we turn the spotlight to the women’s side of things we get an array of crashes, catastrophes and heartbreaks. Both Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic went crashing out of the tournament, the first real big names to be ejected rather unceremoniously.

Jankovic was the runner up at last year’s Grand slam, and this year hasn’t even made it past the second round; instead, Melanie Oudin took the match 5-7 6-4 7 6-3. At only 17 years old, this is the second time that Oudin has knocked out a high ranking player from the early rounds, the other instance being at Wimbledon in a third round clash with Jelena Jankovic. If she keeps up this kind of tenacity and builds it in with the required determination and strength, the sky’s the limit for this girl. I’m seeing  a new Maria Sharapova for the world of women’s tennis in the following few years.

Speaking of Sharapova, she is still plodding her way through the tournament, determined to regain the world no. 1 spot. Now seeded at number 29 she is making progress; slowly, but surely. The 2006 champion, she beat Christina McHale. Funnily enough, she comes up against Melanie Oudin in the third round. Fate has had its part in the draws, obviously.

World no. 1 Dinara Safina made is past Kristina Barrois of Germany, although once again the match had to go to three sets to decide its fate. She still looked out of sorts, her serve was still undoubtedly a thorn in her side, but at least it wasn’t the nail-biting, teeth-pulling like experience she went through in her first round match.

Svetlana Kuznetsova appears to be making the least amount of fuss during this tournament, quietly dispatching Anastasija Sevastova 6-4 6-2.

So we’ve already got the big names tumbling out; they appear to be getting earlier and earlier every Grand Slam. A reflection of the form found in the women’s game of this age? Or simply the inability of the top ranked players to maintain their positions for very long as the new blood comes along. I suppose it will become more apparent as the next year rolls along.

With big names gone and the young ones making their stamp on the game, I guess no-one can call the women’s tournament a bore over. Still….can anyone envisage another Williams sister final? Please, no.


-          SophieG

Written by: SophieG

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