A new era in Wimbledon ladies' doubles? - MensTennisForums.com


MenstennisForums.com is the premier Men's Tennis forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.Please Register - It's Free!

Blog Panel

Settings & Options
Philip Oliver Philip Oliver is offline
  • Join Date Jan 2010
  • Posts 1
  • Blog Entries 323
Find Blog Entries by Philip Oliver
Blog Categories
Recent Comments
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
Rate this Entry

A new era in Wimbledon ladies' doubles?

Posted 05-20-2011 at 12:30 PM by Philip Oliver
The landscape of the WTA doubles scene is changing. Established doubles players like the Williams sisters (six victories together in the last 11 slams) Cara Black, Liezel Huber and Virginia Ruano Pascual are gradually departing the upper reaches of the doubles rankings, leaving opportunities for younger players and newer partnerships to take centre stage.

Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova lifted the Wimbledon title last year and followed up with a triumph at the US Open. Theirs was a promising partnership but was interrupted this season, although they reunited to reach the final of the Rome Masters.

The current top ranked doubles team is Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who have reaped the benefits of playing regularly together - no pair in the top 10 of the rankings has played as many as their 10 tournaments together. They were recently runners-up in Madrid and those looking at the Wimbledon betting should bear them in mind.

That tournament was won by Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko, who are ranked second in the world and are the best individual players in terms of combined WTA singles rankings. Both players have improved as singles players as their partnership has developed. However, Azarenka looks well-placed for a decent singles run at Wimbledon, so punters might be wary of backing them, especially considering the Belarusian's tendency to develop injuries and fatigue.

Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta won the Australian Open doubles title this year, which looked like being the first of many slam triumphs together after their impressive run of form in 2010. However, they have faltered recently, with Dulko in particular struggling with her game.

Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai won in Rome and are certainly worth following at SW19. Zheng won the 2006 title with Zi Yan and whilst the Chinese pair lack tournament experience together, they know are regular practice partners.

The Czech pair of Iveta Benesova and Barbora Strycova Zahlavova enjoys similar familiarity and has enjoyed success this season. The other leading players are yet to confirm their partnerships, but this year's doubles' event promises to be as wide-open as the singles' tournament.
Comments 0 Email Blog Entry

Total Comments 0

Total Trackbacks 0

Recent Blog Entries by Philip Oliver

Copyright (C) Verticalscope Inc
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBCredits v1.4 Copyright ©2007, PixelFX Studios