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View Poll Results: How long before Dinara Safina claims the number one ranking?
End of 2008 32 26.89%
After the Australian Open 2009 25 21.01%
After Miami 2009 18 15.13%
End of 2009 8 6.72%
End of 2010 0 0%
A few more years 5 4.20%
Never!!!! 31 26.05%
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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old Sep 21st, 2008, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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How long do you think it will be before Dinara Safina claims the world number 1 spot?

I remember during the clay season everyone was saying, well she is good on clay, wait till the hardcourt season comes, she won't be able to sustain this level then. But if anything Safina after a long grueling schedule with many matches Safina is now playing better than she has at any point since her coming of age at Berlin.

Dinara is now quickly closing in on the number one ranking. Until Berlin next year, she has relatively few points to defend and the way she is playing one can expect her to add a lot of points to her current tally. Personally I think it is now just a matter of time before Safina claims the number 1 ranking. So how long will it take her?

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Soon……
Cos if dinara win the title in Beijing, she will got #1 ranking.
Cos Jelena was the runnup last year in beijing

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Here is the final ranking this week,top 3 are very close:
1 Serena Williams 26/09/81 USA 4091
2 Jelena Jankovic 28/02/85 SRB 3885
3 Dinara Safina 27/04/86 RUS 3747

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I am still counting on Ana Ivanovic to pick up form soon but that's a lost cause

She could probably take it after AO 09. I suspect she will also play Sydney.

She is playing a lot and playing at a high quality, without slams that is the perfect recipe for #1. She will be #1 soon enough.


Maybe after the 57 weeks Serena finished with it
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After Miami 2009
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maybe after AO 09

because this year she lost in the first round.
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Lol! I am never comfortable with predictions/speculations specially regarding Safina so Ill pass this one



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She needs to get the #1 ranking the day after she wins the Australian Open 2009. I don't want her to be a slamless #1.

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based on what serena did to her in new york she won't be number one soon. but if serena takes her ususal "time off" to do other stuff, and play only the slams, safina will probably be number one after AO 2009 if she keeps this form. however soon enough some players will probably be able to pick up the pieces of her game plan and be able to stop her...
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Here is latest updates from How many different #1 players you expect to see in 2008 thread where i'm talking about Dinara's chances to reach #1 already this season.
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LATEST NEWS/ EDIT (after Tokyo)
Dinara Safina still have (good?) chances... even Elena Dementieva have some (but unrealistics). Here is current projections for Seasons ending rankings where i'm counting players 5 mandatory and other 9 "best of rest" 2008 results (so players have 3 empty places for YEC and other two 2008 september/october tournaments):

3680 Serena Williams
3550 Jelena Jankovic
3442 Dinara Safina
2882 Ana Ivanovic
2963 Elena Dementieva


But for Safina chances to reach #1 is probably more important MOSCOW WEEK when will be cut-off of Serena's Kremlin Cup 2007 final. Here is
OCTOBER 13 WTA list projection:
Serena 3716 + Stuttgart/08 + Moscow/08***
Jelena 3550 + Beijing/08 + Stuttgart/08 + Moscow/08
Dinara 3442 + Beijing/08 + Stuttgart/08 + Moscow/08
***no big surprise if Serena withdraws from one of this two tournaments.
From this point of view her chances that she will reach that achivment (to be atleast week at #1) about 35% after Moscow, about 40% after YEC, about 45% after AO, about 50% after Miami, about 55% after Charleston. So her chances to be 19th worlds #1 in WTA history sometimes in next 7 months is over 50% thanks to fantastic results (Quality and Quantity) since may of this season. Her by far biggest problem is Serena Williams if she reach better result at YEC and AO/09 (both) than Safina, but even with that she will have good chances after Miami (where Serena is defending champion and week before will not play at Indian Wells).

BTW, if Serena withdraws from Moscow that already will be "over 50%" golden opportunity for Safina to reach #1 already next month!

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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After AO 09 because as I know this year she lost against Lisicki in first round..And her opponents - Ivanovic,Sharapova,Jankovic and Serena had much better results than her

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Safina is getting rather greedy with all these wins and titles IMO.
not really. Maria won AO, Ana RG, Venus Wimby, Serena USO, Lena OG. She's just getting whats left to win. lol!



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It might happen this year if she keeps on playing like this. Williams sisters won't certainly play as many tournaments as Dinara. Don't forget that she didn't play YEC last year.

It would be funny to have 6 different number 1 for only 2008 .

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Safina's playing Beijing, Stuttgart, Moscow, and Zurich. Yeahhhhhhhhh.

She really doesn't need to hog this much. Really.
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