sunday survey: halfway grades



Halfway through 2010 we have two players who have each won two Slams: Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer started the year in strong fashion, winning the Australian Open and re-asserting himself into the top seat of men’s tennis. Since then it’s been a slippery slope for Fed, while no woman has had the consistent results to keep up with Queen Serena.

Andy Murray and Justine Henin both almost had big-time breakthroughs in Melbourne, but neither have proved themselves since, sending more question marks about what their futures hold. Sam Stosur and Francesca Schiavone made big names for themselves in Paris, while Venus Williams has lost to three B-list players in her three Slam outings this year (while going 22-3 otherwise).

The men have welcomed Tomas Berdych and Robin Soderling into the circle of current greats after their respective Slam runs, while Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic have underperformed in many peoples’ eyes. The same can go for Elena Dementieva, Kim Clijsters and Jelena Jankovic, all who have had opportunities to make big runs and stumbled in one fashion or another.

So we ask: Who gets the best first-half grade for the season from you? Choose from the big guns, or let us know a player or two (perhaps Dustin Brown?!) who you think might be knocking on the door as the next big thing in tennis?

(photo by ratsj via flickr)

Comments

  1. I cant believe you can
    get rid of tennis elbow
    this easy…shake my boots and call me insane

  2. Not really sure about the WTA because it seems to be in shambles in the moment other than Serena and even then her results away from the Slams haven’t been worth to note.

    For the ATP the best grades should definitely go to Nadal, Soderling, and Berdych with consistent and great showings at most of the tournaments they’ve played. Shout out to Federer and Murray who were the other slam finalists, but as you said, they haven’t done much to back their early strong showings.

  3. best grades obv go to serena and rafa … i think the field is going to have a long way to go to catch up to them at the us open.

  4. I wouldn’t say Djokovic has underperformed in the same way than Roddick, he had a brilliant Wimbledon run but I agree that his semis against Berych was a disappointment.

  5. notanothertennisfan says:

    Just saw coverage of Mardy Fish at the Tennis Hall of Fame event. Mardy looks amazing. Extremely slim. Wow…

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