Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
Current Top Ten @ the end of 2002
1. Lindsay Davenport<br />2. Jennifer Capriati<br />3. Venus Williams<br />4. Martina Hingis<br />5. Kim Clijsters<br />6. Serena Williams<br />7. Justine Henin<br />8. Jelena Dokic<br />9. Amelia Mauresmo<br />10. Monica Seles
If I had to pick three players who may fall out of the top ten @ the end of 2002, I would pick Jennifer Capriati, Jelena Dokic and Amelia Mauresmo for the following reasons.
1. Jennifer started the year with a bang. Plowing down Seles, Davenport and Hingis to win her first grand slam. She not only played amazing tennis; her general attitude was phenomenal. After winning the Family Circle Cup and the French Open as well as making the finals of Oklahoma, the Ericsson and the German Open, Jennifer really proved that she was a top contender. Once she lost @ Wimbledon, her game was never the same. Jennifer, I get the impression, cannot handle the pressure of being a top player. With so much to defend throughout the year, I really don't see Jennifer being able to do so.
2. Jelena Dokic- Jelena's decision not to play the Oz is not a good sign of her commitment to become an all around player. After February, Jelena played an incredible amount of tennis, 30 tournaments in all and that is a lot to have to defend. While this tactic worked effectively to get Jelena her first three titles, I am not sure that Jelena will be able to keep up the pace next year. However, I read an interview that stated that Jelena was currently working on the problem areas of her game, so that is always a good sign.
3. Amelia Mauresmo has always been a streaky player capable of downing a top player, (i.e. Davenport @ the Oz in 99) or falling to defeat to a lower ranked player (Jana Kandaar @ the FO 00). Unfortunately, Amelia suffers from not only a bad case of nerves, but she also has a clay court dependency that she is not willing to shake. In 02, Amelia must have better results on all surfaces and she must hold her nerves together better.
<br />I hope that I am wrong about my three picks simply because in one way or another, I really like all three players. Next year should be very interesting.