This time last year there were very few of the top men left in fighting form at the end of the season – this year it’s the WTA that’s suffering from extensive injuries to top players. The WTA tour players are frequently accused of being inconsistent, under-prepared and lacking depth of talent, now with the more popular players prematurely ending their seasons, the year end tournaments are lacking sparkle.
Serena played one exhibition match in Belgium since winning her Wimbledon title earlier this year, and hasn’t returned to the court since. Williams was replacing the injured Justin Henin, in a match against Kim Clijsters which was supposed to be “The Best of Belgium”. After the exhibition match Williams cut her foot on a piece of glass in a restaraunt and required surgery to help recovery from the injury. She missed the US Open and then re-tore the affected muscle when trying to return to play. She has since had another procedure to correct the new damage and intends to return to play in 2011.
Henin was injured in her comback year when she fell on an outstretched arm in her Wimbledon match against Kim Clijsters. Henin suffered a “partial ligament fracture” in her elbow and has been off ever since. She recently returned to training and has not yet confirmed her 2011 schedule.
Safina has struggled all season in an attempt to return to play after suffering spinal stress fractures. When she originally tried to return in April she said “I saw what I would be doing without tennis. I can’t sit at home or stay in one place; it’s just not me. You miss the adrenaline, the competition, the nerves before a match… every athlete misses this. I’m still full of energy and desire to play tennis. Hopefully, I can play many more years.”
After ignoring her big brother Marat Safin’s advice to rest for longer Safina has struggled enormously in her bid to find some confidence and form. In early October she announced via Facebook her season was at an end.
“Hey guys, unfortunately I’ve pulled out of Moscow and won’t be playing Linz either. It has been the worse year of my career, mainly because of my injury that has kept me away from several tournaments and kept me from playing my game of tennis. I am sorry for the fans who expected me to continue on the same track as the… last two years. I will heal my back and prepare for 2011 when I intend to show my real value to the tennis fans.”
Dinara recently attended the Moscow players party, despite not playing in the tournament.
Over the last two years Venus has struggled with knee injuries, most recently sustaining one just prior to Wimbledon. After skipping the US hard court season except the US Open she announced at the beginning of October that her season was over.
“I have been getting treatment and therapy on my knee and have been making progress but unfortunately must continue to keep weight off my knee for the short term and won’t be ready to return to competition in 2010.”