Victoria Azarenka managed to end the year with her #1 ranking intact– a year that included a streak of 26 straight wins– until she lost to France's Marion Bartoli at the Sony Ericsson Open in March. But, in actuality, 2012 was the year of Serena Williams. Williams won the most WTA singles titles of the season–seven– which included two grand slam titles, Wimbledon and the US Open. She also won the year-end WTA Championships and her first singles Olympics gold. The gold gave her a career “Golden Slam”—winning all four Grand Slams (more than once, at that) plus the gold medal. However, she suffered her first ever first-round loss in a slam at the French Open, losing to Virginie Razzano of France. All of this, and Williams ended the year ranked behind both Azarenka and #2 Maria Sharapova, who in 2012 also had the thrill of reaching career Grand Slam status when she won the French Open.
Despite the rankings, Williams is clearly the owner of both rivalries. She and Azarenka have met a total of twelve times, with Williams leading their head-to-head record 11–1, which includes 7–0 in the Grand Slams. Serena is just as dominant over Sharapova, with a record of 9-2. The fact that Williams has played fewer tournaments, and thus has accumulated fewer total ranking points than her rivals, to some extent accounts for her 3d place ranking in 2012. If she can keep up her current level of play, as well as play more tournaments, we have a lot to look forward to in the 2013 season, which begins January 1 in Brisbane, Australia. Can she become #1 again?
The 2013 season may give tennis fans even more to savor with the next tier of players, all of whom are capable of beating any player on any given day: Agnieszka Radwanska (#4) of Poland, Angelique Kerber (#5) of Germany, Sera Errani (#6) of Italy, Na Li (#7) of China, Petra Kvitova (#8) of Czech Republic, Samantha Stosur (#9) of Australia. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark made it back into the top 10 after finishing both 2011 and 2010 as the #1 women’s player. Whoever said that women’s tennis doesn’t have depth hasn’t really been paying attention to it. Miami Tennis Lessonsprovide excellent and quality tennis lessons for all the players on the court.
Within our own Tennis League Network, a national network comprising 30 cities across the country, each season comes up with a league champion. Even at our recreational-level tennis, it’s always fun to take note of winners, repeat winners, and head-to-head rivalries. But, most of all–win or lose–it’s fun just to play tennis. Agreed?Miami Tennis Courtsexplore an extensive selection of tennis centers that guides you and your tennis partners.
Serena Williams Tops the Women at the Top in 2012