The Insider Team reconvenes to close the book on the grass court season, which saw Garbiñe Muguruza win her second major title by defeating Venus Williams to win Wimbledon. Courtney Nguyen and David Kane reflect on the Wimbledon fortnight and what it means for Muguruza and Williams going forward.
Insider Talking Points
Nguyen: "Venus is not a sentimental favorite anymore. We don't give her a participation medal. We celebrate her as an elite athlete, one of the game's best who can win any given week that she enters. She's here to compete. For her personally, this is about the tennis and what she still wants to prove. I find that to be so much more admirable."
With the first seven months of the season nearly in the books, Nguyen and Kane reflect on the biggest stories and significant takeaways so far in a 2017 season that looked to be thrown into turmoil after Serena Williams' pregnancy announcement, but which has seen a recurring group of players step up to consistently battle for the tour's big titles.
Kane: "Honestly, my favorite story of the year has been Jelena/Alona 'Boom Boom' Ostapenko. Just the way she took apart that French Open tournament. I have a good degree of confidence in Ostapenko's ability to take this form and replicate it to an impressive degree for the rest of the season."
Nguyen: "I'm looking forward to on the hard courts because it is open in so far as there is a group of 8-10 players who have dictated the narrative of this entire season in different pushes, but none of them is the purely dominant one, which means at any given tournament it's really up for grabs. Then you throw into the mix Azarenka, Kvitova, Sharapova, and you're starting to look at a crew of 10-15 players who any one of them can win the tournament and you'd say, yes, that's a legitimate champion."
Kane: "It is an open field, but it's an open field that's going to produce a champion that's is going to make a lot of sense."
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