This is an analysis of Asian women’s tennis on the pro circuit. It is taking into account their rankings and their prospects for success coming up.
In the present day, there are A LOT of skilled tennis players from China, Japan, and Tai-pei (Taiwan also). It is hard to ignore their depth of talent. Personally, when I was watching this year’s Australian Open I was impressed by the sheer number of players from Asia that were playing and winning. Little known YingYing Duan made it to the third round and lost to Venus Williams (Venus destroyed her). It really showed to me that China had arrived on the world stage of tennis. Obviously, it kind of already did when you had Li Na winning a few years back but that was only one player. Now there are multiple players. Keep in mind they are not battling to win the tournament but they are in the tournament and making their presence known.
The Asian powerhouse is going to keep on coming. Be on the lookout for them in the next 3 grand slams of this year. The absolute biggest prospect is Naomi Osaka due to her power-tennis-big-time-winner-heavy game. Osaka has a strong serve with a BIG forehand and a backhand that can also hit winners from anywhere. When she is on she is very dangerous but it is hard to say if she has the mental toughness built up to finish off the Top 10 players.
It makes sense that Asia would eventually produce players due to the sheer size of their population. It used to be that women’s tennis was dominated by Americans and Russians and Spaniards. There has been a shift. The women’s game is very diverse right now in terms of countries. Sharapova has returned to the game so she is a dangerous player to keep in mind. One thing to factor now to any major is that the Asian players are dangerous. Case and point, Shuai Zhang, people were not expecting much from her and she just had a huge cinderella run in Australia.
Here are the players:
Shuai Zhang 31 in the world, China
Shuai Peng, 38 in the world, China (she plays two-hands on both sides)
Naomi Osaka, 19 years old, 47 in the world, Japan (Best prospect for rising up into the top 20)
MISAKI DOI, 52 in the world, Lefty and good counter-puncher, Japan
Qiang Wang, 57 in the world, China
YingYing DUAN, 61 in the world, China
SaiSai Zheng, 67 in the world, China
Risa Ozaki, 72 in the world, China
Nao Hibino, 81 in the world, Japan
Kurumi Nara, 97 in the world, Japan
And the list goes on with players outside the top 100 as well. ALSO, there are the CHAN SISTERS. Team Chan/Chan is a VERY good doubles team.
That is 10 players in the top 100. It is hard to say how big of an impact the Asian Tennis Force will have at the French Open. The Asian players will most likely be much more dangerous at Wimbledon (Osaka) and at the US Open (look out for Osaka there as well). Also, Side note, at Wimbledon be on the lookout for Pironkova from Bulgaria who is beautiful but also an extremely crafty grass court player.
Feel free to comment. Me, personally, I am very interested to see how the Asian contingent will progress and if China/Japan/Taiwan/Thailand will continue to bring up professional tennis talent.
-End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT, Monday May 1st, 2017