Omair is continuing his series of comparing Top 3 WTA players to the ATP Top 3. Before digging into the actual numbers to contrast the two tours, Omair is comparing the general sporting characteristics of men and women and the styles of WTA No.1, No.2 and No.3 players to their respective ATP colleagues.
I hope that you people enjoyed the introductory article. There are a few things that I should have mentioned then, but better late than never. Please note that the views expressed here are mine and it is just how I see things, it is not to offend anyone, be it player or his/her fan.
Firstly, men’s tennis and women’s tennis are completely different for a lot of reasons. The major reason is probably the physique and build of sexes. We can argue into it by saying that there are a lot of female players who have more power than males, however, a biologist or doctor would be able to explain it more appropriately. Overall, for one reason or another, the games are different, but that does not mean that one is better than the other. Difference is the spice of life, and it is difference that makes things interesting.
A reader pointed out that women’s tour is more elegant, delicate as compared to men. I, for one, would love to see an encounter of Serena Williams and Roger Federer, not to determine who is better, just to see how they match up with each other. However, as I said in the first article, more appropriate matches would be Serena Williams vs. Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka vs. Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova vs. Andy Murray. Can you imagine Serena Williams acing Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka outhitting Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova outlasting Andy Murray? Have you ever wondered or have you ever wanted to see these players challenging each other? I have imagined it quite a few times and if the matches were to happen, here are the outcomes I would expect.
SERENA WILLIAMS VS. NOVAK DJOKOVIC
In the match-up of Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, I am not too sure if Novak Djokovic would come out on top handily. He might if Serena would have one of those rough days. It would be more of a coin toss. This would perhaps be the most interesting of all the match-ups considering that both players can defend well, can hit through their opponents and return well. It would definitely be a match worth watching. In a best-of-three, I would go with Serena, although Djokovic would have an equal chance of taking it, but I stick with Serena.
VICTORIA AZARENKA VS. ROGER FEDERER
In the match-up of Victoria Azarenka and Roger Federer, I don’t think that Azarenka would have enough to trouble the Swiss. She might take a set off Federer, but winning the match would be tough, unless he is having an off serving day. I say so because Azarenka's serve is not her major weapon and she tends to double fault a lot while the Swiss serves well and overall Azarenka's game would not match up with Federer's game. I would love to see how Azarenka would handle how Federer mixes up things. If Azarneka is having a great serving day, things would be interesting, but in my opinion by the end of the day Federer would take the match. This is in no way to belittle Azarenka, just my own opinion of how things would turn out.
MARIA SHARAPOVA VS. ANDY MURRAY
Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray would be tricky, considering the power-based game of Sharapova and the more of a defensive game of Andy Murray (consider this I did not say completely defensive). This would also come down to who is hitting more consistently. If Sharapova is unable to execute her shots, she would have trouble against Murray and would most probably go down, but if she executes well, she would definitely have a great chance against Murray. I am indecisive on this, so I leave it to you people to decide who you take to win the match.
Just a little reminder to the fans of all these great players, I do not intend to belittle any player or hurt the feelings of anyone, the potential match-ups and their outcomes are just an imaginative thinking on my part. The match-ups were not originally a part of the planned series, but it just occurred to me so I thought why not share my thoughts with you people.
How do you see the potential matches between the players if they happen? Who in your point of view will walk away with a win?
The next planned article of the series will look into the results of Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray over the course of last 12 months. So stay tuned and do share your thoughts since your suggestions always give me a picture of where to improve. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)