A winner is me.
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Victory Trail.
I really can't number it, because we just don't know. However, I feel that a few things will happen. Lindsay will be top 3, and probably have a very hot cold year. I think she'll start off the year very well, have her usual clay meltdown, do well at Wimbledon and the summer hardcourts. I think she could win a slam if healthy. Amelie I believe will rely totally on the Aus season. If she wins it, she will have an amazing year. If she doesn't, I don't see her defending those massive clay points she has, and she'll be ranked around 5 year end. Myskina will be top 3 at the end of next year. Sharapova will be mediocre for the start of the year, but I don't see her defending her RG points or Wimbledon, and her ranking will suffer. She can pick up the points on the hardcourts, but I don't see her making a huge impact. Also, once AER expired, I have a feeling she will overplay, which could in turn lead to injury. She'll be outside of the top 5 year end. I don't think Kuznetsova will do well. She is very streaky to begin with, and I think players just know what to do against her. Outside of top 5, mabye even top 10. Dementieva will be lower than where she is now, but still top ten. She won't make a GS final. Serena is a tough call. If she plays really well, I think she'll be top 5, with one slam final. But if her current pattern continues, she'll be around 6 or 7. Justine I don't think will do very well. This playing only 12 tournaments a year concerns me. And it seems like after a certain number of matches she drops dead. I think she'll be between 7 and 10. Venus will rise a bit, but only a few spots. She hasn't defeated a top 10 player since July 2003. That's a problem. She has to work on the forehand and serve. She'll gain at the slams. But apart from that she has those clay points which I don't think she'll defend alot of. Jennifer will be out of the top 10. I just don't see her on that top of the top level anymore. Vera will be between 8 and 15 for all of her career IMO. Petrova's ranking will start to die after Miami and Amelia Island. Patty's ranking dies right after Aus. Bovina should really be top ten by Roland Garros. She has very little to defend right up until the summer hardcourts. But consistincy and injuries have always been a problem for Lena. Healthy, she will be top 10. Alicia has a great shot at top 10, and if she gets more consistent, she'll be there. Kim will have a really rough year. That injury really just seems like it won't go away. I don't see her top 15 next year. With her missing Aus and probably Paris, she won't be higher than 80 at Antwerp. It's hard to come back from that in one season.
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