With Serena Williams announcing her pregnancy, the women’s field for the upcoming majors is wide open. Who’s going to step up in her absence and dominate the field?
One of Serena’s closest friends, Woz should definitely be considered a contender for Serena’s crown.
Currently ranked 11th in the world, she’s coming off a 3rd round performance at the Australian Open. Wozniacki recently finished runner-up at the Miami Open and reached the quarterfinals at Charleston.
Here’s where things get interesting. Sharapova is coming off a 15-month suspension. It’s unclear if officials at the French Open will give her a spot in the Tournament.
A two-time winner at Roland Garros, Sharapova’s presence would create a lot of interest on the women’s side considering Serena won’t be present.
Ranked number 2 in the world, Kerber is now the unquestioned favorite in every tournament. In 2016, Kerber won both the Australian and US Open.
The 2017 season has seen Kerber advance to the Finals of Monterey, quarterfinals of the Miami Open, and the Round of 16 at Indian Wells.
There was a time where many thought Venus was better than Serena. That hasn’t been the case recently. Although, Venus appears to be making a comeback.
She advanced to the Quarters of Indian Wells, and the Finals of the Miami Open. In addition, Venus advanced to the Finals of the Australian Open, losing to Serena.
These are just a few of the players that could take over in Serena’s absence. Women’s tennis doesn’t have a true dominant force, meaning anyone can win. It’s a lot different from the Men’s side of things.
If anyone is going to step up in the absence of Serena Williams it would probably be Venus Williams. She’s playing some great tennis right now. It would be great to see her win a couple more majors before she ends her storied career.
The wildcard is definitely going to be Sharapova. If she does indeed get a spot at the French, that’s going to be a game changer. Even at Wimbledon and the US Open, she’s got to be considered a favorite, regardless of her 15-month layoff.
The loss of Serena Williams might take away some of the exposure to the women’s game. However, there is still great tennis to be played. It’s anyone’s guess as to who wins these next few majors. Just don’t forget about Serena, because she will return to defend her title of top women’s tennis player.
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