Actually, most of the things that have been predicted are probably likely.
Martina fall out of the top ten. Sure that could happen. Briefly. Serena did in 2001. She was fine by the end of the year. Martina rolled her ankle. How bad is it? I don't know. I don't know what her training schedule was. I don't know how it was effected, if at all. But if it WAS a fairly severe injury, if she HASN'T been able to train, if she IS out of shape, she could fall fast through January and February, since she's defending a lot. But even in that worst case scenario, she;'d play her self into shape by Hamburg and rack up points during clay court saeson. Worst case #7 by Roalnd Garros.
Monica top five. Well. Do I believe there are five BETTER players in the world than Monica? No. Soooo ....
Venus #1. She's defending this.
SF GS 01/15 - 01/28 HARD Australian Open <br />SF T2 02/12 - 02/18 CARP Nice<br />SF T1 03/08 - 03/17 HARD Indian Wells <br />CH T1 03/21 - 04/01 HARD Miami
CH T2 04/30 - 05/06 CLAY Hamburg <br />16 T1 05/07 - 05/13 CLAY Berlin <br />1r GS 05/28 - 06/10 CLAY Roland Garros
CH GS 06/25 - 07/08 GRAS Wimbledon
QF T2 07/23 - 07/29 HARD Stanford<br />CH T2 07/30 - 08/05 HARD San Diego<br />CH T2 08/19 - 08/25 HARD New Haven<br />CH GS 08/27 - 09/09 HARD U.S. Open USA
Never out more than two weeks. Hmmm ...
Serena #1. Can she beat big sister? She's already beaten everyone else. If she plays this season the way she ended last season ....<br />But she has to play 17 events. And have someone else figure out to beat her sister.
Lindsay just stays #1. Well, let's say she wins OZ. She won it in 2000, that isn't at all an unreasonable supposition. Even if Jenn made the final, when the dust cleared Lindsay would be 1000 points ahead. Anybody else would be further back. And remember, Lindsay did miss all of clay season last year. Not her best surface, but certainly good for 500 poins or so. If she otherwise keeps making semis, she arrives at the RG with most of that 1000 point lead chiseled away. Probably by Venus. Venus defends 2 points at RG. Lindsay defends zero. And then we're into the part of the tour where VEnus has to defend points.
Kim Clijsters - Simply isn't defending much. She a lot better player now.
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