01 Emmanuelle Gagliardi ....
Seriously, I really don't know. Daniela looked good taking out Henin and Hingis. But Schiavone took out Clijsters and Seles in Hopman Cup, and I thought she was ready for a great year. Nothing so far. If this one tournament were everything, I'd have to rate Daniela above Hingis, Seles, Henin and anyone I ranked below those three. Fortunately, there's more to tennis than what-have-you-done-for-me-lately. Unfortunately, it doesn't shed much light on the subject.
Serena's healthy and just won Scottsdale, beating Jenn and Martina. But can you put a player #1 who hasn't won a GS in over two years? Well yes, actually, but throw in her allergy to playing her sister ....
Jenn just lost to Serena
Venus hasn't played in a while. And she's had a lot of injuries this year. And Jenn and Serena see her as THE obstcale between them and ending the year ranked #1. Definitely the hunted.
Lindsay, rumor has it, may not be back til the USopen.
Kim is, if not still injured, certainly not back in form.
Jelena IS still injured, and probably needs to sit it out for a while.
taking of IW and KB to be sure she's ready for clay season (Thank you Ted). She'll be healthy and in condition when she returns. Her timing may be a little off.
I guess I'd put Serena somewhere in the top four and choose names at random for the other spots. Couldn't do any worse than I'm doing trying to work it out. I'll try again in two weeks.