Where will Safina end the year ranked?
Dinara Safina is clearly the breakout future top 10er of the year. Tier I title + RG Final is awfully reminiscent of Ivanovic in '07, but Dinara is a little older. Last year she went 17-11 from post-Roland Garros onward, and she has only around 750 points to defend from now until years end. Will she have as much success on hardcourt as she has on clay?
I think she should hope to live up to her seeding at Wimbledon and look to improve to a top 8 position for through the US Open Series. If she can make the quarters of another slam, or go deep in two more Tier I events, I can see her making a push at the top 5.
It also depends, of course, on what the competition does in that time frame. Venus and Chakvetadze have a lot of points between now and years end, and not a lot behind them, while Serena has points pretty balanced until next Spring. My bet is she'll be fighting with Dementieva for 6th, behind:
#5 S. Williams