Wimbledon has forever written its on book when it comes to seedings at their championships, often moving players up and down on credentials on grass and history at the tournament. 2012 could prove one of the most difficult years from Wimbledon when they come to releasing their seeds. Should Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters be seeded for the Championships? What about grass court specialist Tsvetana Pironkova? Should Serena Williams be elevated to a top four seed? And where do they place the seemingly out of form Petra Kvitova?
The first and biggest question is regarding Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters. Do either deserve a seeded position? In my honest opinion Venus Williams should definitely be seeded, at either 16 or 24, most likely 24, just on the simple fact that Venus has five Wimbledon titles to her name. But what about Clijsters? The closet she came to a Venus Rosewater Dish was two semi finals (2003 and 2006), she hasn’t played since Indian Wells is probably less deserving of a seeded position but you can’t exactly seed one but not the other, I think giving Kim the 32nd seed would be fair, unless Venus is at 16 then it that case Kim should be seeded 24th.
Four time champion Serena Williams was given a top 8 seeded in her return to Wimbledon last year, after a years absence from the tour, and her performances in Charleston and Madrid, especially Madrid which is basically a blue grass court, would indicate that she deserves a top four seeding. But that would result in demotion of defending champ Petra Kvitova to the 5th seed position, which really wouldn’t make any sense. And If you want to keep Serena and Petra in the top 4 that would mean dropping Agnieszka Radwanska, world number three, outside of the top four. Perhaps based on recent Wimbledon history having the top four seeds as Sharapova, Azarenka, Kvtiova and Williams wouldn’t be so unfair after all, and would challenge Radwanska to make her first slam semi final.
What about Tsvetana Pironkova? 2010 Wimbledon semi finalist and 2011 Wimbledon quarter finalist, defeating Venus Williams on both occasions. Pironkova seems to be a two week player, only showing up for the grass season and do her performances from 2010 and 2011 warrant seeding?
And the there are other players who could be promoted on Wimbledon peformances, like 2007 finalist Marion Bartoli, currently sitting in eighth spot and then there is last years semi finalist Sabine Lisicki, who could be seeded at 15, but also has shown that her game clicks on grass.
I know for sure that I don’t envy the jobs of those who need to decide on seedings, and surely this is the toughest seeding list that they will ever have to do.