The recent perception of women’s tennis is that the last few years has lacked quality, especially when compared to the quality of the men’s game.
The problems have stemmed from the fact that stars like the Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters have suffered from long term injuries while Justin Henin sadly had to retire after her comeback attempt failed. This has left a power vacuum at the top of the women’s game which has not been adequately filled.
This year’s Wimbledon though has provided some optimism that a new generation of young players, led by champion Petra Kvitova, are ready to create a new era of women’s tennis with more quality and some potentially great rivalries brewing.
Here are five women ready to bring in that new generation.