Clijsters Beats Schnyder; How Weak is WTA Tour?

by Jeremy Davis | August 12th, 2009, 4:18 pm

THE PRO: Kim Clijsters is an extremely-talented former Number One player who can pick up where she left off years ago when she left the tour to drop a kid.

THE CON: The current top tier players on the WTA Tour are so weak that Clijsters can pick up her racquets again and beat anyone outside the Top 3, if that.
On Wednesday in Cincinnati Kim Clijsters beat Patty Schnyder 6-2, 7-5. This after beating Marion Bartoli in her opening match. If this is her comeback tournament, did Clijsters ever leave?

You make the call whether Clijsters is just that good, or the rest of the WTA is just that bad.

She is only 26 by the way, but Clijsters never even faced a break point against Schnyder. Bartoli and Schnyder are both legendary head cases. Now Clijsters gets another head case, Svetlana Kuznetsova. If she beats Kuznetsova it could be a match against the top head case, Dinara Safina. If Safina can’t win a slam final without shaking, how bad will she crack again a nothing-to-lose Clijsters?

You figure it out.

You Might Like:
Clijsters Straight-Sets Bartoli in Comeback at Cincinnati
Serena, Venus Lead Cincinnati Field
Kim Clijsters Beats Caroline Wozniacki In Come-Back Exo
WTA Previews: Moscow, Wozniacki Headlines Luxembourg
Dementieva Heads Paris; WTA Previews

Don't miss any tennis action, stay connected with Tennis-X

Get the FREE TX daily newsletter

21 Comments for Clijsters Beats Schnyder; How Weak is WTA Tour?

evie Says:

Yeah, I hate to stomp all over the WTA, but it’s pretty shocking for Kimmie to be winning this easily against top players. It’s not like she’s playing qualifiers.

I’m a Kuzzy fan, so I hope Kutzs gives a good showing. But I’d be happy to see her take down the top head case if it came to that.

Charlzz Says:

Monica Seles also came back pretty strong after taking 2 years off the tour.

azoe17 Says:

I’m not at all surprised that Kim is playing this well. She has be training really hard and playing world tennis to prepare. Kim moves really well. And tennis is all about getting into position to be able to hit a good shot. Her movement is really helping her comeback. Not to mention, that she is playing players that she use to beat before she left. That is always a big help.

todd Says:

The WTA Tour showcases the best women tennis players in the world. No one from my club is going to win a match on the tour. You won’t either. Clijsters’ win means she is one of the best women players in the world, period. What you are really doing is putting women. But you’re doing it like a little girl.

Greta Says:

Wait, beating a streaky player in Bartoli and an aging Schnyder whom is far beyond her prime is an indictment of the WTA?

Sorry, but IMO, just another in a long line trying to find anything andd everything wrong with the WTA and dishonoring and discrediting its players from top to bottom.

Marcus Says:

Steffi can come back and still beat some of these ladies. Martina, too. Can you believe Mauresmo is still currently ranked 15th? They have a number one who could not even play a decent game in the finals of a major. A number 2 who seems disinterested when playing any event outside a major and looks so out of shape. Girls who could not play without deafening their opponents with their blood-curling screams. Billie Jean could not be happy at all at what has happened to the WTA.

Diane Says:

Marcus, Serena is as in-shape as anyone on BOTH tours (and I think you meant “uninterested”).

I think the main problems on the tour are lack of mental strength and–even more significant–the inability to serve.

Time Says:

Kim lost multiple times to Serena

Rajorshi Says:

Davenport too started well after her comeback but soon fizzled out.

kimfan Says:

I’ve been a clijsters fan since she began in the tour so i’m probably prejudiced but is it really a surprise that now that she’s back she’s beating top ten players again? she was number one in the world with justine henin in the game, venus and serena still interested and lindsey and mauresmo still at their game. she’s been training and playing small tournaments for the last year or so and now she beats bartoli (nice girl, impressive at wimbledon but hasn’t really done much since right?) and patty who indeed is a bit older, plays in streaks and has seldom posed a severe threat to any topplayer. And that is supposed to be surprising? really? come on, if she’d win, and i guarantee that next tournament and at the us open she’ll be a contester) that’be a little surprising. but i’ll grant you that men’s tennis for the last 5 years has been the more exciting and talented.

Tennisfan Says:

… my sister would be top 10 … :)

… seriously if Henin came out of retirement right now she would reach #1 within the year … I don’t think I have seen the womens circuit in such disarray in my lifetime …
… the WTA needs a women to rise to the top who can play a consistent game to set the standard for all others to play against …
… the men have 3-4 players (if Nadal stays away long enough to get out from under his tendinitis) who set that standard …

David Says:

I find golf to be better.

Marcus Says:


Thanks for you comment about disinterested vs uninterested. I looked them up and read about their origins and learned more.

I have not watched women’s tennis for a while now. But I have created my own game about it. I look at who are playing and based on what I know about them, I predict who is going to win. Then after the game, I Google the result. My main gauge is their mental strength (which I think you agree with). Ability comes in second only in my predictions. I am almost always correct.

Colin Says:

Not sure you should be so free in calling those other players head-cases. Wasn’t that what we used to calle Clijsters when she repeatedly crumbled against Henin?

Marcus Says:

I believe Clijters was. She would lead then crumble against Henin. That happened several times. In my observation on women’s tennis, the mentally tough ones almost always come out on top. Think Chris, Martina, Steffi, Monica, Serena and Sharapova (prior to the shoulder problem). Now think of Mandlikova, Shriver, Gabriela and now Dinara. When those ladies played you can almost always predict who is going to win. That is why it was so interesting watching matches between Chris and Martina, and Steffi and Monica. I don’t get that in women’s tennis anymore which explains why I have stopped watching. I just do my predictions game. I find that more exciting than watching the actual games.

PJ Says:

Clijsters is up a set and a break against Kuznetsova.

JoshDragon Says:

Well, the WTA is definitely weak, but Clijsters, is still a good player. She’s won 3 majors, been in 3 slam finals (I’m including her doubles wins) and was the #1 player multiple times.

Schnyder, was never that great and now she’s over the hill in tennis years, so I don’t think it’s that much of a surprise that Kim won.

Liz Says:

Clijsters is not a great player. Of course she can beat Schnyder, Bartoli & Kuznetsova who are the most inconsistent players on the tour, although Kuznetsova has the most talent. Unfortunately she can rarely make it work to her advantage. The WTA is at its weakest in years. I will be watching mainly mens’ matches at the Open this year! It’s way too painful to watch the women fall to pieces.

CIN Says:

I agree that women’s tennis does not have a strong consistent player in the rankings. What is up this year with serving? Double faults are at an all time high like our economy is at an all time low….
If Cijlisters can make a comeback and beat any players in this US open—I applaud her efforts. At least she has one of the best attitudes on the circuit! That you can not discount away :)

Jwimbley Says:

I figured the whole thing was fixed after the second Russian was beat by “American” teen. And when Maria Sharapova–badshoulder or no, was also beaten by same Cinderella,I KNEW it was fixed so Gamblers could profit. Then seed after seed fell–both mens and women. With so much hype that “Serena would win” and she didn’t, I know for sure the ENTIRE thing was a ruse. I mean even Fault-prone Venus won a set off of Clisters 6-0 And Serena “lost” due to a “foot fault” and NO CHALLENGE? C’mon. WE know GABMLING interests has taken over tennis. I mean, it’s NOT reasonable that Serena should lose this match while she has shown TOP FORM all week. The set her up with that doubles so close to next match anyway.

Jwimbley Says:

Agree, WTA is WEAK. Commentators act like their job is to be hypercritical of players, expecially non-white ones. And with so much hating on Williamses–I don’t WHY they tolerate their abuses and really leave this WTA as they found them–a DYING sport!

Top story: Tsitsipas Streaks To 10 Straight On Clay, Gets Rematch With Ruud In Barcelona Final