Friday, 13 July 2012

[London 2012] Today's question (8)

Today I return to tennis with the question:

Who will win the Women's Singles tournament?

Answering this question requires another look over the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament of this year. Serena Williams (USA) won 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 against Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) and obtained her 5th title at Wimbledon (the 14th Grand Slam title in her career). The current Olympic titleholder is Elena Dementieva, who is now retired. Even if Serena Williams is in great shape, the contenders look good as well. Radwanska improved her qualities this year and is now 2nd in the WTA rankings, after Victoria Azarenka, who lost the semifinals against Serena.

Petra Kvitova should also be taken into consideration, being the 2011 Wimbledon champion. Players like Maria Sharapova, Samantha Stosur or Caroline Wozniacki are outsiders in my opinion. They don't seem to be at the highest level on the grass surface at this moment. Romania has 3 girls in the Singles tournament: Irina Begu, Sorana Carstea (photo) and Simona Halep. This year at Wimbledon the best of them was Sorana Carstea, which lost in the 3rd round against Maria Kirilenko. Simona Halep had a stunning performance this year at Bruxelles on clay surface just before the French Open, losing only in the final against A. Radwanska. However, the grass has other properties than the clay, especially a 15% higher speed of the ball and less friction, which makes the ball to bounce less after the impact and thus more difficult to hit. So it is not an accident if you see a tennis player winning a lot of matches on clay and losing from the first round on grass.

My answer for today is: Victoria Azarenka.

Final: Saturday, 04.08, 12:00 PM GM(starting hour will be decided one day before)

1 comment:

  1. Victoria Azarenka lost the Semifinal against Serena Williams (USA), but took the Bronze medal after defeating Maria Kirilenko (RUS).
    The Final was won by Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova (RUS): 6-0, 6-1.