THIS COMES UP TIME AND AGAIN!!
2005 - Dubai, Amelia Island, New Haven, Bali, Filderstadt, Zürich
There HAVE to be points awarded for how deep you get into a tournament and LINDSAY WAS 2x FINALIST and 2x QUARTERPOUND at majors this year which is the best of the whole tour. End of story.
2005 - Fourth career No.1 finish in season highlighted by six titles, twice coming close to capturing fourth Grand Slam, and holding top ranking for all but seven weeks; six title runs (second only to Clijsters’s nine), all as No.1 seed, at Dubai (d. Jankovic in final), Amelia Island (d. Farina Elia), New Haven (d. Mauresmo), Bali (d. Schiavone), Filderstadt (d. Mauresmo) and Zürich (d. Schnyder, saving three consecutive set points at 5-6 first set; came back from 63 53 and 2 mp to d. Hantuchova in 2r - first time to win title in career coming from mp down); was 11th Tier I title overall, most among active players; brought career tally to 51, the ninth woman in Tour history to win 50 or more Tour singles titles; one of only two players in 2005 to reach two Grand Slam singles finals (also Pierce), at Australian Open (as top seed, d. No.10 seed Molik 97 third set in QF and No.19 seed Dechy in 3s in SF before falling to No.7 seed S.Williams 26 63 60 in final, losing last nine games in a row from 62 33); with QF win over Molik, became first player in Open Era to notch 50 match wins at the event; and Wimbledon as top seed - d. No.15 seed Clijsters in 3s for second straight time in Grand Slam 4r, No.5 seed Kuznetsova in QF and No.3 seed Mauresmo in 3s in SF en route to seventh career major final; served for match at 64 65 and held mp at 5-4 third set before falling to No.14 seed V.Williams 46 76(4) 97 in two hours, 45 minutes, the longest Wimbledon ladies’ singles final in history; afterwards, became third woman to pass $20 million in career earnings (after Navratilova, Graf); runner-up at two Tier I events, Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (l. to Sharapova 76 third set) and Indian Wells (d. Sharapova 60 60 in SF; l. to Clijsters in 3s; won 24 games in a row from QF vs. Dechy, Sharapova through to leading 4-0 in first set of final vs. Clijsters); qualified for season-ending Championships (No.2 in Porsche Race), reaching SF (went 2-1 in RR play, d. Schnyder and Petrova, falling to Sharapova; l. to Pierce in SF 76(5) 76(6)); lost to just six players in completed matches all season: S.Williams, Sharapova, Clijsters, Pierce (twice), V.Williams and Dementieva; QF at four of five other events contested, at Sydney (withdrew prior to match vs. Stosur w/bronchitis), Charleston (ret. during third set vs. eventual champion Henin-Hardenne w/right hip flexor strain), Roland Garros (won consecutive 3s matches over Srebotnik, Peng and Razzano, then snapped six-match losing streak to Clijsters with 3s victory in 4r to reach first QF there since 1999; l. to eventual runner-up Pierce) and US Open (l. to Dementieva 61 36 76(6), having held mp at 6-5 in third-set tie-break); on February 28 passed S.Williams for No.6 on all-time No.1 list, eventually holding top ranking for all but seven weeks of season and finishing with 95 career weeks (trailing only Graf, Navratilova, Evert, Hingis, Seles); surrendered No.1 on August 22 to Sharapova after points dropped off for winning 2004 Cincinnati title, regaining top spot after New Haven, lost it again after US Open, then regained it on October 24; has now finished year-end No.1 in 1998, 2001, 2004 and this year, just fourth player in Tour history to finish year-end No.1 four or more times (Evert, Navratilova, Graf); 60 singles wins in 2005 was second only to Clijsters (67); two-time runner-up in doubles (w/Morariu), at Australian Open and Tokyo [Pan Pacific]; in Fed Cup, went 3-0 in United States’ 5-0 World Group I 1r victory over Belgium; sixth time to amass more than $2 million in a season; having suffered low back strain during Wimbledon final, was unable to defend three summer hardcourt events, at Stanford (ret. trailing 5-0 first set vs. Groenefeld in 2r after 1r bye), San Diego and Los Angeles (withdrew prior to commencement of both); withdrew from Beijing w/low back strain and from Philadelphia w/influenza.