Monday, June 27, 2011

Womens tennis in peril

We hate to say this as we close within seven weeks of the first all-women's New Haven Open tennis tournament, but women's tennis is broken, internationally and particularly in the U.S.
With Monday's Wimbledon ouster of Venus Williams (31), Serena Williams (who turns 30 in September), and Caroline Wozniacki, a paper No. 1, Maria Sharapova is about all that's left of a women's field overall that used to outsizzle the men.
Kim Clijsters is 28 and breaking down, Justine Henin went away, and if not Sharapova at Wimbledon, then who? Literally, who?
We daresay the spotlight on women's tennis is climbing precariously close to the LPGA Tour. Someone named Yani Tseng won her fourth major at the age of 22 Sunday on the LPGA Tour, and no one's even heard of her.
We understand that tennis is cyclical, but with Venus and Serena almost off the map, it's reached danger zone proportion, particularly as New Haven tries to trump up it's new era of women's-only tennis.
Wozniacki is a wonderful addition to the local field, but at some point, and maybe already, she's more notable for failing to live up to her No. 1 ranking in grand slam events than any other thing she's done. We hope the inevitable scrutiny and negative questions don't turn her sunny side down, but she's in for a rough go -- and deservedly so.



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