Ranking Predictions: Post-French Open
I'm curious what people think the top 20 will look like after Roland Garros. There are a few players with major points to defend that haven't looked very impressive so far this year (Pierce, Likhovtseva) and others with little-to-nothing to defend that have looked quite impressive (Safina, V. Williams). So how do you think the rankings will shake out in three weeks?
My bet is:
I think the rankings are pretty locked for the top 5 players. Henin cannot rise unless Sharapova really crashes, and she's good enough to make the 4th round even without having played lately. Mauresmo won't lose a lot even by going out 1st round, and I'd imagine she can make it to the semi's. Clijsters can neither rise nor fall too much, and Petrova can't rise a whole lot. Pierce will take a huge beating unless she can make the quarters, and Davenport is guaranteed to fall a few spots. Dementieva doesn't have a lot to defend. Schnyder is too patchy to predict at the moment. Kuznetsova will probably make the quarters, unless her draw makes her play Henin, Petrova, or Mauresmo. Myskina, Hingis, and Williams have virtually nothing to defend, and Schiavone has a fair amount for her ranking. Safina has 1st round points, and she's a safe bet for the 4th round. Groenefeld could make the quarters with a lot of effort, but even then she' got enough to defend that her rise will be minimal. Pennetta can make the 4th round if she gets a good draw, and I doubt Vaidisova or Hantuchova will do that. Likhovtseva will fall hard. I bet Kirilenko will have a good showing.