the WTA has really screwed up the rankings now
This is beyond ridiculous, they could well go back to the times when journalist just picked the ranking.
it's a completely arbitrary system and has nothing to do with Momo.
By Australian Open time, the WTA decided to reward special ranking point for beating Venus and Serena, the most ridiculous thing in the world because the special seeding where meant to benefit Venus and Serena for the time off.
They rewarded higuer quality points for the Aussie and other tournaments and then they suddenly decided to stop it by French Open time.
Now in the new rankings, they have added those points, but not to the US Open total but they have amended the previous points.
Making it worse, they have only done it for Grand Slams, so, they have changed Myskina, Capriati, Sprem and Sharapova points.
As a result Capriati is # 8 and Sharapova # 9, it does look like a pathetic attempt to get Capriati to qualify for the Chase.
The ranking system has gone beyond a joke with this, and the WTA wonder why they receive critics? they just change it to their liking.
The reason why Mauresmo is # 1 without even a GS final is because of the completely irrational number of points they rewarded for the YEC, now they do this and make the system completely arbitrary, it's just up to Larry Scott to pick how the rankings should be.
They really don't have a fucking clue and at this point my advise it, screw the ranking, completely, they have no meaning whatsoever.
It's absolutely pathetic the WTA does this to benefit american players, especially when 6 out of the top 7 are not americans.
Really, Larry Scott has to go, he has lot all credibility, what else are they going to fix?
Now I really think Mariana Alves was probably following instructions from Scott, only way I can think she didn't see that ball.
And yes, this hurts Venus and Serena more than anyone (and Sharapova that loses one spot), because players get inflated points for beating them.
Really, I think there should be an investigation and the rankings should be taken away from the WTA, they can't even get that right.