jeudi 12 janvier 2012

What to expect from the Youngsters this year ?

In nowadays WTA, we usually seperate youngsters from old stars of the tour and I wanted to do short articles to see what we can expect from those youngsters this year in a first article and the a second upcoming article about those great lions that are going across the tour for years. I've chosen 5 youngsters and 5 veterans.
When I talk about youngsters, I'm not talking about the likes of Laura Robson, Michelle Larcher de Brito or Heather Watson, which are not yet big players or threat in Slams and so on, but here are my 3 Picks of "youngsters". Be also aware that I won't put Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka or Petra Kvitova in that category because they are already confirmed top 10 players.

Sabine Lisicki, surrendering to Angelique Kerber (Auckland, New Zeland)
1- Sabine Lisicki (GER)
The german player did a great come-back last year after a one year out of tennis due to ankle injury, winning at Birmingham and reaching semi-finals in Wimbledon, losing to Maria Sharapova in two sets. Her game and her regularity allowed her to finish the year at the 15th spot, clinching the title at Dallas, in USA. Assuming that until Birmingham, she's got more or less, no points to defend until Birmingham and if she keeps injury free and playing good tennis, I can definitely see her breaking the top 10 for the first time.
But Sabine Lisicki had to withdraw this week from the Apia International in Sydney due to injury. Was it just a precaution or is it really serious, we still don't know about it ...
Sabine Lisicki has that attractive game based on a great firepower and a great first seve. Although, she can sometimes mentally collapse like she did in the 2nd round at Roland Garros, losing to Vera Zvonareva having match points and a great lead in the deciding set.

Julia Goerges' determination in that backhand (Sydney, Australia)
2- Julia Goerges (GER)
This year, Julia Goerges switched racquet from Wilson to Babolat, we still have to see what it brings to her game, but, whatever, Julia played some solid tennis in 2011 beating Caroline Wozniacki twice in a row on clay and won at Porshe Tennis Grand Prix, in Stuttgart. The thing is Julia has still to find some consistency in her game and to be mentally tough enough in order to reach another stage of her career. If she does so, I can see her reaching the Top 15 and why not the Top 10. Now that she is a confirmed player, she's got to do a big thing in Grand Slam, why not at Roland Garros ?
2012 will be a deciding her for Julia, she'll either confirm her good predispositions and find a way to be more consistant and to become why not a top player, or she can also drop in her level and become one of those great talents that can't win because of lack of work.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Brisbane, Australia)
3- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
One of the most talented player of her generation with no doubt, Anasatsia Pavlyuchenkova got great skills in order to shine in the tennis planet. In fact, she's able to hit hard from both wings and has a quite good hand at volleying and producing drop shots. But she still lacks agility and speed on court because of physical issues. Also, Anastasia has sometimes tough times in closing up matches, for istance, she had all the ways to win against Fransesca Schiavone in Roland Garros and was not able to handle the preassure mentally before eventually losing.
But, this year beginning was not good. In fact, she suffered early exits in both Brisbane and Sydney events and did not seem to want to change in order to reach greatness. A player to follow, though

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