Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: 12 o'clock high
Excellent idea for a thread.
At a presser a couple of days ago, Emilie Loit spoke about this issue; she said she is playing down during the clay season so as to try to win a title. I suppose other player with relatively high rankings who enter TIII and even TIVs all the time use the same reasoning.
All selesbooz suggestions are good too. Except Santangelo; you must not forget that the figure for her ranking at the beginning of this season was twice what it is now, and her results vs top players last year include some horrendous losses (she did push Schnyder this year though). I have never seen her play, so I don't know to what extent her current ranking is inflated. Either way, playing smaller events whenever possible is probably the wisest course of action for her.
Pennetta's scheduling and all the lower tier events she enters may not be typical of a top 20 player, but is realistic. Consistency at smaller tournaments should be rewarded, too.
Schiavone - to get a title
Pironkova - to get direct access to the MD; having to play qualifyings all the time is risky and wearying, and slows her rise in the rankings
Peschke - should have entered Prague; her season could have been marginally better if she played smaller events once in a while
Jankovic - perhaps the only way to get a few wins right now and restore her shattered confidence
Chakvetadze - judging from what I saw vs Ivanovic, she has the game to easily win a title at a lesser tournament
Vaidisova - she must get try to get a big win over a top player this season, and to do that she has to enter big tournaments
Dulko - what she's been doing this season (clearing a couple of rounds before going down in flames) could just as well be done at bigger tournaments, given her ranking
Harkleroad - big tournament = top opponent = better excuse for a first round crash, and greater glory in case of a win