Saturday, June 30, 2018
Crashing the lawn party
A few days ago, I wrote about the women who are likely (and a few not as likely) to contend for the Venus Rosewater Dish. Today, I want to look at the women who can make life miserable for some of those contenders. There aren't nearly as many grass court specialists as there are clay court specialists, but there are a few. Also, there are some players who are dangerous on all surfaces.
She is a grass court specialist. The Slovak player made it to the semifials last year, and could cause problems for those in her draw.
I mentioned Vandeweghe in my other post, but I do look upon her more as a trouble-maker than a contender, at this point. I could be wrong. At any rate, she's capable of doing some big damage.
Her performance in Eastbourne this week made it obvious that she's ready for Wimbledon.
Barty's game is looking more stable, and she'll feel at home on Wimbledon's lawns.
She could get it all back. What if she does it next week?
When she's "on," she tends to be "on" on grass.
I now consider the Greek upstart a danger on all surfaces. She made it to the third round last year, and could do even better this year.
She's back, and she's looking good. The 2012 runner-up loves the grass, and she's still capable of driving her opponents absolutely crazy.
There are others who, of course, will surprise us--some of them are known for their clay expertise. Julia Goerges, Andrea Petkovic and Caroline Garcia (who made it to the fourth round last year) could all make good runs.