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By Matthew Cronin

With the year more than half complete and three Slams under the tours's belts, both the WTA and ATP points races now more accurately reflect who's in the running for the year-end Top-10 rankings. Our post Wimbledon-rankings still differ from the race, but not radically.

THE WOMEN
1. Justine Henin-Hardenne: Her shocking loss to Eleni Daniilidou at the Big W aside, she's been the best all-around player since she returned in March. But the little Belgian will be seriously tested during the summer hard courts.

2. Venus Williams: After her Wimbledon miracle, that title run in Istanbul isn't looking like such a fluke anymore, is it? If she can stay healthy, the vexing V. has a fine shot at the year-end No. 1

3. Serena Williams: Speaking of health, will Serena commit to a vigorous off-court training regimen and get her body back in shape? If she does, she'll have redemption on her mind for the rest of the summer.

4. Lindsay Davenport: Played as well as she's capable of but fell to Venus in the Wimbledon final and then injured her back. Now she's out of Fed Cup, staring at least a couple of weeks of rehab, and a world of self-doubt. Don't think she's not considering retirement again.

5. Maria Sharapova: Yes, she put on an admirable defense of her Wimbledon title, but Venus really exposed her weaknesses. Sharapova needs to add more variety to her game and work hard on her footwork. She'll be hard-pressed to dominate the hard courts, but will put in a tremendous effort.

6. Kim Clijsters: If you are looking for a player who's set to make a huge impression during the pre-US Open hardcourts, then look no further than California Kimmy, who has racked up title after title in the Golden State.

7. Mary Pierce: Was any player more effective on clay and grass during the past six weeks? No, which is why you have to give the veteran a shot at continuing her fine play on hard courts.

8. Nadia Petrova: The Russian also has to be somewhat happy with her results at Roland Garros and Wimby, but now it's time for her to win her first title.

9. Amelie Mauresmo: Paris aside, she played brilliantly against Davenport in the semifinal that few saw in London. She didn't' choke; she was simply out-hit. But with her loopy forehand, don't expect much from her on the hardcourts.
10. Svetlana Kuznetsova: You could argue that Davenport and Clijsters both suffered equally regrettable losses at RG and Wimby, but how about Kutzy, who gagged against Henin-Hardenne in Paris and then couldn't find her money shots against Davenport in London?

I have a lot of trouble figuring out how he put Mauresmo any lower than #7, at the very worst, but outside of that, not an awful subjective list.

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With the depth this year, it's silly to rank IMO. Justine seems like a clear #1, but there's not much separating the others. Then again, Justine hasn't done anything on a court other than clay, so who knows...
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I think venus can be top 5 but Serena don't play many tournaments, is injured and prefer to be in Los Angeles jet-set then play tennis so top 10 would be awesome for her...
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Interesting rankings...
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Mauresmo won't be effective on the hardcourts??? A final @ the AO & SF @ USO plus a few titles...

I think Venus can/will be top 5 by year's end but I don't know if she's ready to challenge for no. 1...we'll see, I hope so!

Serena is too high, Svetlana & Amelie are too low & Petrova should be no. 10 @ best on that list...

I agree with JHH @ no. 1 b/c overall she's been the most dominant & has played well so far except for Wimbledon...
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I woould be really surprised if Venus repeats her Wimbledon form. It will take a whole lot of more consistency before she can be anointed at the top.
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I woould be really surprised if Venus repeats her Wimbledon form. It will take a whole lot of more consistency before she can be anointed at the top.
Actually, the same amount of consistency would be just fine.

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My only question is: what did Nadia do so good to overshadow Amelie's performance?

They both have SF at slams, as well as QF.
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Amelie - Tier I + Tier II, Nadia -

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My only question is: what did Nadia do so good to overshadow Amelie's performance?

They both have SF at slams, as well as QF.
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Amelie - Tier I + Tier II, Nadia -
Nadia beat Amelie in Berlin.
And he's saying that Amelie's "loopy forehand" is not a hardcourt strength.
But it's impossible to rank these players.
Kim won IW & Miami. And she's #6.

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Nadia beat Amelie in Berlin (clay).
And he's saying that Amelie's "loopy forehand" is not a hardcourt strength.
But it's impossible to rank these players.
Kim won IW & Miami. And she's #6.
But Amélie beat Nadia in Paris (carpet) this year too...

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With the depth this year, it's silly to rank IMO. Justine seems like a clear #1, but there's not much separating the others. Then again, Justine hasn't done anything on a court other than clay, so who knows...
Well reaching the QF of Miami beating a Top 10 player on her first tournament back is definitely doing absolutely NOTHING!
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With the depth this year, it's silly to rank IMO. Justine seems like a clear #1, but there's not much separating the others. Then again, Justine hasn't done anything on a court other than clay, so who knows...
Exactly ....how would Justine's comeback look had she missed the claycourt season.

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I really think a JHH-Venus US Open final would be interesting.
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does he seriously think serena is going to be out of the top ten by the year's end?

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