Daily Data Viz: American women trying to follow in Serena's footsteps
Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe both reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year and possess some of the same tools that have propelled Serena Williams to the top of the game. Serena, Keys and Vandeweghe all rank in the top 10 in all of the most important serving categories on the WTA Tour: aces, first serve points won, second serve points won and service games won. Take a look at the stats:
|1ST SERVE POINTS WON||1st||8th||5th|
|2ND SERVE POINTS WON||7th||10th||3rd|
|SERVICE GAMES WON||1st||7th||8th|
The one area where they don’t come close to measuring up to Serena is return of serve. For 2015, Serena has won 45% of her return games (5th best on Tour). Keys has won just 34% and Vandeweghe just 24% of her return games. Most women on tour struggle with their serves against the strong groundstrokes and returns that are the norm on the WTA Tour. Keys and Vandeweghe have developed service games that are dominant but need to improve on their consistency from the ground in order to make the leap to the top of the game.
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