Topic: Is there any consistent WTA player not named Williams..!!!

It appears that there is no WTA player who can consistently play across tournaments not named Williams..!!

Who will the next consistent champion be..???

Re: Is there any consistent WTA player not named Williams..!!!

The WTA right now is much more surface based than the ATP. Even Venus has lost R16 at 2 of the last 4 slams, albeit respectable losses.

Best of 3 definitely makes upsets more likely which hurts the top women's players. It's harder to pull an upset in Bo5, since you need to sustain the level for longer.

The current level of consistency and hegemony of 4 dominant players is defintely unusual and partly the result of the homogenization of the surfaces in the last 15 yrs. The ATP hasn't always been like this (think 2000-2003) and at different points the WTA has been more consistent (Think the era of Martina/Evert or Graf/Seles). The WTA is in a transitional point with Serena out but eventually the next great consistent player will emerge.

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Personally I actually think the current situation of parity is really enjoyable. Every major is wide open which makes it more fun trying to figure out what will happen and makes each match feel more meaningful. A match like Halep-Konta today feels more meaningful since you feel like each player has a real chance to win the title, which is taken away somewhat when Serena feels inevitable.

This isn't to knock Serena, who's a great champion but these last two majors on the WTA side have been incredibly compelling since it feels like 15 players could win.

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I'm convinced Serena would get a Calendar Slam this year if she didn't get knocked up.  The ladies who beat her last year aren't playing as well this year.  Hilariously, one of them is now World #1.

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I agree Marco - And I loved watching Konta/Halep - It was a great match..!!!

Hate that a player can become #1 off an early loss in a major...

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I agree it's odd but it's a quirk of the ranking system. I think of it as impressive she got to Number 1 even with an early Wimbledon loss. I also think of it more as a credit to her US Open Final, Cincinnati title, French Open SF, SF in Indian Wells/Miami and 3 premier titles. It feels more justified when you think of all her 52 weeks though obviously you prefer a player get the ranking like Kerber did last yr rather than backing in but it's still a credit to her.

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True she has earned it - And she was taken out by a very hot player - She should do well at US Open with the #1 ranking and her great serve..!!!

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Definitely agree, atm I feel like she has to be the favorite, I feel like her game is best suited for hardcourt. She'll have a lot of pressure to hang onto the number one ranking this summer though, defending champion points in Cincinnati and Final points in NY!