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SI's Jon Wertheim on Capriati
from cnnsi - Jon Wertheim:
Do you agree with Jennifer Capriati that Venus and Serena Williams wouldn't be atop the WTA if Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport were playing? The numbers do not support this assertion. In the last 10 matches, Hingis and Davenport are a combined 0-10 against the sisters, and Capriati is 1-9. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this week's WTA rankings are exactly where they should be, for once.
—Chris Taty, Memphis, Tenn.
You're right. There are a million cheap shots I'll avoid making at J-Cap's expense (being in Paris makes one softer than brie). But let's just say that she hasn't exactly grasped the nuances of the rankings system. First, as you note, the Williams sisters are very good head-to-head against the rest of the top players. Second, the rankings are based on a player's top 17 tournaments over a rolling 52-week period. Last year, Capriati played 17 events; Venus played 11; Serena played 10. If the Williamses played full time, they would have been 1-2 last year. Third, to the extent that one could follow her "logic," Capriati's claim that the Williamses colluded to achieve the top spots is misguided as well. Even if the sisters entered the same events and lost in the first round (say, if Venus played Toronto or Serena played San Diego), they'd only be adding incrementally to their point totals so long as they didn't exceed 17 events.
Asked about Capriati's assertion, Oracene Williams shook her head. "Wishful thinking," she called it. As usual, she was dead on.
Hopefully Ms. Manners will read and take heed of this article.
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