Originally Posted by justine&coria
Yeah, that's why I think it would be a bit unfair if she doesn't reach the 1st rank by the end of the year. Davenport just had more luck than her : she faced Venus and Serena in the finals, not in the semis and she had a cake-walk draw at the French unlike Sharapova (who would surely have reached the finals).
Of course, Davenport double-bageled Sharapova, but Sharapova won the YEC, Wimby last year and will never give up a match the way Lindsay did in the 3rd set of the AO finals.
I'm not saying Davenport doesn't deserve the first spot, just that both Sharapova and Lindsay deserve it. so it'd be a bit unfair, if Sharapova doesn't reach it before next year.
Maria doesn't deserve #1 anymore more then Lindsay, period.
Maria had a much easier draw at both RG and Wimbledon, just look at quality points. Davenport had to play Clijsters in both 4th round, now go and check who did Maria play.
Maria is a great player, but since February her only title is Tier 3.
If she wins US Open, gets to #1, then yes, she belongs there.
Just like she'd be rightful #1 after Berlin, Rome, but she couldn't do it, even if it was on her raquet.
But she has plenty of time to reach #1 in the future.