One thing people forgets is how points are being dropped off.
The schedule is not the same as last year, some tournaments were moved and also, last year there was a week off due the Olympics.
Zurich points have already come off, but Moscow, Leipzig, Philadelphia and the Chase are still on.
If Lindsay beats Jelena she will be a little more than 300 points behind Jennifer.
In the next ranking, Linz's poinst will come off and that's already considered in that difference.
Next week, they play Linz with Moscow's points coming off (nothing for Lindsay and Jennifer).
Then, Munich with Luxembourg off (Lindsay 0, Jennifer 137).
then, no more tournaments and Philadelphia points off (Lindsay 400, Jennifer 36).
And then the Chase (both 54).
So, Lindsay might get the # 1 in Linz or Munich, but more likely will lose it again when Philadelphia and Chase's points come off.
Venus can end the year # 1 if she wins Linz and Munich, depending on Jennifer's results.
I agree Venus has a good chance at the beginning of the year as she only defends Australian Open semi-finals.