tennisaddict, thanks for doing this!!!! Y'know *cough* I used to do the same kind of analysis with music charts when I was (much) younger, and I think the trends you spotted are proven.
No-one can say why, they just are! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
Based on your analysis,
1./ Martina Hingis and Jennifer Capriati will fall out of Top 5. Maybe Kim in place of Jen, but I doubt it.
2./ Serena Williams looks a bet. She only needs to play a tad more than she did this year (not go busting her guts) to do this.
3./ This one I can't see happening (someone 15-25 making the Top 5!!). But if it did, I'd bet on Elena Dementieva (easy option), or Barbara Schett (not so easy, but kind of probable. Maybe)
4./ Can't see Jelena (no.8) dropping out of the 10, but....
5./ #10 goes to Anna (possibly - I'd call her a vet!) or Amanda (hmm...)
6./ #6 goes to Jen or Martina
7./ 3 players leaving the Top 10??? Woo, well bye-bye Amelie, Jelena and ???? LOL
1. Lindsay Davenport<br />2. Venus Williams<br />3. Serena Williams<br />4. Kim Clijsters<br />5. Jennifer Capriati<br />6. Justine Henin<br />7. Martina Hingis<br />8. Monica Seles<br />9. Elena Dementieva<br />10. Daja Bedanova
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