There seem to be 2 issues here: The 'validity' of Jen's #1 ranking; the issue of the ranking system in general
Or is Capriati's occupancy of the #1 slot by seemingly questionable means simply further evidence that the WTA needs to revamp its ranking system?
What on earth is questionable about the way Capriati has gained (ahem, earned
)the #1 ranking?
Of course its unfortunate for Martina the way it happened, but there's nothing questionable about it at all. Jen is #1 now because of her record throughout the whole
of this year. She may not be producing the results she was at the start of the year, but that's why its taken over the rolling 52 week period.
Everybody is in exactly the same position.
Now on to the other point of whether the ranking itself is at fault, personally I think not. There are surely only 2 'candidates' for the #1 ranking: Venus and Jennifer. Jennifer has the better record this year whichever objective way you want to look at it.
'Wow' factors do not - and should not - come into the equation.
I also think for Jennifer to lose to Testud (Testud???), that's being very uncomplimentary to Sandrine who is a former Top Ten player always
capable of beating the top players, she just rarely does it...