Fan Fuel on WTA: Can the best of the rest challenge?

Fan Fuel's Wasim Parkar looks at some burning questions as we head into the North American leg of the WTA Tour. Can the best of the rest challenge this summer? Sloane Stephens has a great chance.


The women’s draw spectacularly threw up even more surprises than the men’s draw at Wimbledon this year. It’s time to look forward to the hard court season this summer by asking some burning questions about the North American leg of the WTA Tour:

Can the best of the rest challenge?

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Li Na has always been consistent at Canada and Cincinnati; nonetheless she has failed to carry her form from the Masters Series onto the US Open. Kirsten Flipkens subtle game might not pose a challenge on hard courts, and the same applies to Agnieszka Radwanska. Petra Kvitova isn’t the same player that won Wimbledon in 2011, and too even call Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic pretenders any more is simply too kind.

In the circumstances, it wouldn’t be a big surprise to see Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys make some deep runs. Stephens has already announced her arrival on the big stage with some excellent performances at the grand slams, displaying composure in tough matches along with a varied game. Keys on the other hand possesses a fantastic serve, and has an extremely powerful inside-out forehand that puts her in good stead on the hard courts, and she might make a splash this summer.

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