(Objectively) Did Martina Hingis have a bad year in 2002?
Martina Hingis had a worse year in 2001 than in 1997.
True. In fact, it was her worst year in five years. However, I would like to lay to rest two common mis-perception.
Mis-perception #1) Martina Hingis had a bad year.
Against any OBJECTIVE standard she had a GREAT year. She made the SEMI-finals or better in 3 GS tournamens. Only Jenn and Venus did as well.<br />The Big Girls take up 3 of the 4 available sports in GS semis. Venus, Lindsay and Jenn took up 9 of the available 16 spots in the semis this year. Martina got three of the remaining seven. That's significant. Excpeting VEnus and Jenn, Martina outcompeted the rest of top ten in the Slams.
OZ RG WB US name <br />** ** ** ** ****<br />CH CH SF SF Capriati<br />SF 1r CH CH Willaims, V
FN SF 1r SF Hingis
SF -- SF QF Davenport<br />4r SF FN 4r Henin
QF QF QF FN Williams, S<br />4r FN QF QF Clijsters
She won three tournaments (Two Tioer II's).<br />She ended the year in the top five for the fifth consecutive year.
Mis-perception #2) Martina Hingis owes her ranking to playing a lot of tournaments.
Martina only played 18 tournaments. One over the minimum. And yes, players ranked behind her played less. But not enough less. Clijsters, Henin and Dokic obviously don't count, since they played more tournaments than Martina. That leaves three players ranked below Martina with fewer tournaments. Even taking the liberal assessment reasonable, ad assuming each player wins at the rate they were winning before, Martina only drops to #5.
*******fake real<br />5100 = 2100 + 3004 Serena Williams - (300 points/Tournament. Add Seven tounaments.)<br />3944 = 0000 + 3944 Martina Hingis<br />2937 = 0172 + 2765 Amelie Mauresmo (172 points/Tournament. Add One tournament.)<br />2801 = 0495 + 2306 Monica Seles (165 points/Tournament. Add Thee tournament.)
Martina's ranking is the result of playing well, not playing a lot.
[ December 13, 2001: Message edited by: Volcana ]</p>
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