USA ....... 4965.
FRA .......... 4890.
RUS .......... 4544.
USA ........... 4389.
RUS ....... 3785.
RUS ......... 3665.
RUS ... 3545.
AUS .................. 2630.
USA ............. 2519.
USA ....... 2358.
RUS ......... 2217.
RUS .. .........2155.
FRA .......... 1701.
SUI ......... 1672.
RUS ............. 1507.
BEL .. 1348.
ITA .. 1344.
RUS ..... 1342.
CRO .......... 1311.
ARG ............. 1288.
The Top 4
, Lindsay, Amelie, Maria and Serena, are now well away from the chasing pack, with a clear 600 points or more separating them from No's 5-7.
Less than 600 points separate the Top 4, and Maria (at No 3) would need only a net gain of 430 points to make it No 1. An 9interesting position, considering that Maria has fewer points than most to defend between here and Roland Garros. Mauresmo is still within spitting distance of the top place, a mere 75 points behind Davenport. Serena, leapfrogged by Maria Sharapova this week, could easily leapfrog back into 3rd position with a good showing in Dubai - which Maria is not ploaying.
Beneath the Top 4, we have the Russian Trio of Slam winners and runners up, Myskina, Kuznetsova and Dementieva, occupying places 5-7
. With only 200 points separating them, the order here could change at any time. But it would take a couple of major successes for one of them to catch the Top 4.
Next, in places 8 and 9
, come Alicia Molik and Venus Williams, with only 111 points separating them, they are still around a thousand points behind the Middle Russians. Both have a LOT of work to do to move any higher in the rankings. Their Dubai performance will be very telling.
Capriati, Petrova and Zvonareva share the next step on the pyramid, at positions 10, 11 and 12
. None can be considered in top form, and these seem to be struggling to maintain their position, rather than rising.
400-500 points below these, come Dechy, Schnyder and Bovina, at places 13, 14 and 15.
All three are figures who could hope to climb the rankings, but look to need a major boost in form to break the Top Ten.
Next, close together in the 1300 points range, come Henin-Hardenne, Schiavone, Likhovtseva, Sprem and Suarez, rounding out the Top Twenty. The big question here is, how well will Henin Hardenne do in the coming months? Undoubtedly she has the talent to burst back into the Top 10 and upset many of those above her. But come-backs are always difficult.
Just outside the Top Twenty we find an improving Hantuchova at No 22. But she faces a very tough draw in Dubai. Along with her lurk Farina-Elia, Sugiyama, Golovin and Penetta, on roughly the same number of points.
Kim Clijsters is now lurking at 134 with 262 points.