The 2012 tennis season is already half way over and the women of the WTA have been jostling for position in the rankings. With no break-out players dominating the tour right now we can expect some great competitive tennis in the upcoming months, and get our fingers crossed for our favorite players to take a strong hold on the rankings. With the last two years having seen different winners all of 4 slams, we will be watching closely to see who has got what it takes for the hardcourt season and the US Open. Let’s take a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the WTA Tour leading into summer…
Sara Errani – If we’re looking for up and comers this goes without saying: Sara Errani reaching the finals of Roland Garros. Yes, that was a while ago and her 6-0 6-4 loss to Shvedova at Wimbledon in the round of 32 is a little crippling, but I’m going to let her ride the wave for a bit longer and see what else she can pull out of the hat. She hit her career high rankings of 9 in singles and 3 in doubles this month. Need I say more?
Serena Williams – Serena made the semis in Rome, she trolled her way out of the French Open in a choke-fest to Razzano, yet managed to pull things together to claim the Wimbledon throne. She has won 3 out of the last 5 tournaments she’s played and reached the semis in Rome. She ended 2012 ranked at #12 and has comfortably worked her way to #4 in the world. Current queen of grass? I think yes. Oh, and she just won Stanford. This woman can do no wrong!
Yaroslava Shvedova – Shvedova began the year at an unimpressive #208 at Australian Open, but with two top 10 wins (against Li Na and Sara Errani) she started the French Open at #142 and now has a ranking of #48. With an increase of nearly 100 spots and current 10-2 winning record from the last 2 slams, Shvedova is working her way up. I’m predicting continued success with her new-found confidence.
Tamira Paszek – Paszek has been losing in the first couple rounds since the start of the year. French Open, Nottingham and Birmingham also passed her by, until she won Eastbourne and made the quarter finals of Wimbledon. She’s young too, so despite only a 6 point jump up to #37 in the rankings, her latest 9-1 winning record from the last two tournaments may speak of what’s to come. Keep an eye on her, she may have turned her luck.
Caroline Wozniaki – Oh Wozzi. Two early round losses in the last 3 tournaments to players ranked around 20-30? You’re dragging. Wimbledon was not her best tournament with a tough loss to Paszek and to be honest, she’s been struggling since April. She won Copenhagen in May and since then has a 5-6 win-loss record. She’s muddled her way through the rankings from #1 at the start of the year, to outside the top 5, and unless she gets some results she may drop more.
Li Na – Na started off the year ranked 5th and then worked her way back up through the rankings and out of the top 10 at Wimbledon. She has lost all top 10 matches she has played since Febuary, and Round of 16 losses at the French and Wimbledon (to players ranked outside the top 50 and top 100) will see her slipping further unless she manages to get a footing sometime soon.
Venus Williams – For as well as her sister is doing, Venus is on struggle street. I have to say that although she has a 12-6 record right now, she doesn’t seem to be moving anywhere fast. After a respectable loss to #3 ranked Radwanska at the French Open, I thought she was working her way back in. That is, until a first round exit at Wimbledon — a place she’s owned in the last decade — to Vesnina. She’s sitting ranked #58 and doesn’t seem to be moving anywhere. Have her days in the top 50 passed her by?
Keep an eye out for more updates!