Re: Players To Play The Tour or Just The Slams?
I disagree with your observation.
Take a look at the number of tournaments people play. Serena is just about the lowest, she plays 10-13 tournaments a year. (Oddly, the same number Steffi Graf played.) EVERYBODY else plays more. Check the top ten
On top of that, remember the players who WIN tournaments play more matches.
Jsnkovic played 28 tournaments last year, with 72 matches.
Sharapova played only 15 tournaments. And 68 matches.
Almost the same number of matches in a little over half the tournaments. Why should Sharapova be forced to overplay, and risk injury, because she's better than 99% of the tour?
On the practical side, the WTA doesn't run the slams. In fact, the creation of the WTA was a rebellion against the organization that runs the slams. Do you realy think the ITF is going to NOT invite Serena to play a slam because she fails to meet an artificial WTA minimum? This I doubt. Remember, at one point in 2003, Serena was #1 despite having only played EIGHT tournaments in the previous 12 months. You'll find the roughly the same thing in Steffi Graf's history. That's what happens when you're better than everybody else.
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Last edited by Volcana; Mar 8th, 2007 at 05:37 AM.