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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old Feb 18th, 2004, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Of all the past and present number ones.....

which of them, if any, do you think was actually the best player in the world at the time they got there or at some point during their reign as number one. Let's try and keep this as positive as possible and only put reasons why x deserved to be there as opposed to y sucks and should have never been there. As a side note, is there anyone you think should have been ranked number one that never was, so far has not been or at a time when someone else was ranked at the top spot. I don't think I forgot anyone but in case you need a reference of number ones:

Tracy Austin
Jennifer Capriati
Kim Clijsters
Lindsay Davenport
Chris Evert
Steffi Graf
Justine Henin Hardenne
Martina Hingis
Martine Navritolova
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Monica Seles
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

i say of the 13 the ones who deserved to be at some point during their reign was:

Chris Evert

Steffi Graf

Martina Hingis (maybe not for as long as she was, especially into early 2000, but was more consistent over all, at all the events, not just the grandslams, than anyone else. Martina was winning or doing well on all surfaces, Lindsay can't say that)

Martina Navritolova

Monica Seles

Serena Williams

Venus Williams (From Wimbledon 2000 until 2002 Wimbledon she was the best player in the world. She was a number one in the true sense that she was beating everyone on tour at the time. That's the only reason why I don't say Capriati should have been number one at this time. She could not beat Venus and a number one should be able to beat everyone. And plus in Jennifer's golden year venus won the same amount of slams, three more titles, and won all their meetings. Not to take anything away from Jennifer, but Venus gets the edge there.

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Um what? Venus was ranked #1 in the first half of 2002. She wasn't even close to being the best at that point. Thankyou.

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Um what? Venus was ranked #1 in the first half of 2002. She wasn't even close to being the best at that point. Thankyou.
She became #1 in February, she was the best then, until Serena took over.
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I can't think of anyone who didn't get to #1 who I think should've got there. That's a good question. And I think anyone who should've got to #1 has been there already.
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Hi 5 zeros OOPS Roddick_tease A leopard can never get rid of his spots

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oooh I forgot to add to the question, I meant to say who should have been number one that never was or hasn't been, or at a time that they were not. Thanks for pointing it out though there is a nicer way to tell someone they are wrong and by the way you didn't respond to the question.
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ASV in the latter half of 94 was the best player in the world. She beat Graf on US hardcourts twice on her way to the US Open win. I think she also ended that season as the best player in the world. But she didn't get her #1 ranking until January of 1995, and ironically AFTER she lost to Mary Pierce in the Australian Open final was when she got her #1 ranking. By that time, I don't think she was the best in the world anymore, and as the 1995 prevailed, Steffi Graf regained her supremacy. And ASV was ranked #1 for the earlier half of 1995.
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It's a tricky question in a way, because there is sometimes a delay of up to half-a-year before one actually takes over the ranking.

For example,

Capriati was clearly the best player in the first half of 2001, winning the Australian Open, Family Circle Cup, and Roland Garros. But she didn't get the No. 1 ranking until near the end of the year.

Similarly, Venus was best player in the second half of 2001, winning Wimbledon, the USOpen among other titles. But she didn't get the No. 1 ranking until well into 2002, by which point she was not quite as dominant.
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now except in 2001(where Lindsay didnt win a slam but still ended the year at number 1) she deserved all the other times she got to number one for sure
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HINGIS

changed the way we thought about womens tennis and the way it was played

dominated from a young age and unfortunately 'burn out' forced her to go into a young retirement

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This is a no brainer
Martina Navratilova ls the only player among the recent greats to lose just one match in a complete season, and the match she lost was a fluke to a no-hoper, not even a serious rival.

Even more stunning she lost just 6 matches in 3 whole years at her peak.

And she had she longest winning streak in history.

Here is nothing equivalent in the modern era.

She was further ahead of the opposition than any of the number ones that I saw.
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Uhhh, they were all deserving of the #1 ranking at some point in their reign with the possible exception of Clijsters.
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post #15 of 27 (permalink) Old Feb 18th, 2004, 04:37 AM
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I think you guys are misunderstanding the question.

It's not which was the best #1. It's which #1's deserved their position at some point during their reign.
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