If Venus wins Warsaw, she WILL be the dominant clay court player on the tour
For the moment, that is. With the last three Roland Garros champs, plus another Roland Garros finalist in the top ten, she's obviously NOT the most accomplished clay courter going. Depending on how much weight you give Kims two RG finals, you could defend calling her only the sixth best clay courter around, accomplishments-wise.
Justine's out sick
Serena's pulled out of her last tournament
Jenn is having back trouble
Kim's coming off an injury
Conchi is well into her thirties, and not the threat on clay she was
The other winner of a Tier I or Teir II clay court tournament is ... Lindsay Davenport.
Dominance is, ultimately, not 'who's the best?', but rather 'who's doing the winning?'
If the match was tomorrow, I'd take Venus over anyone in the top ten on red clay. Henin-Hardenne is just off a sick bed and has only returned to practice. Hopefully, she'll be in full form by Roland Garros. But she certainly couldn't beat Venus tomorrow. All the real good red clay top tenners are racked up.
Of course, there's no certainty that this scenario even plays out. We all know who won the last time Venus Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova played. So But props to TeeRexx on prescience. He wrote 'A good performance at Warsaw ...' and, regardless of the outcome tomorrow, this is certainly a 'good performance'.
Proud to be an American
Not blind. Not uninformed. We are party to atrocities. But the response of the world after 9/11 is worth noting. Even our most dire enemies offered aid. We should all be so lucky.