Re: The tour since Justine's departure...
Really don't mind Safina becoming no1, I'm wondering what all the fuss is about. I'm sure Venus or Serena would prefer to win a slam ranked anywhere rather than be no1 and not be able to win a slam. Interestingly when you think of about it since the rise of Hingis my estimate would be that an existing no1 ( whoever that be ) has been able to win less than a quarter of available slams.
a rough estimate (this is very open to correction as its from memory)of the 49 slams since AO'97
Hingis won 3 as no1, I don't think she was no1 for AO'97 or AO 99 I doubt whether daveport ever won a slam as no1, venus definetely didn't, I don't think caprati did either cos I remember lindsay was the no1 at the end of 01 meaning capriati wasn't no 1 going in to AO02 Majoli , Pierce,Myskina, Kuznetsova obviously didn't, serena may have 3 or 4 but if venus was no1 going in to Wim02 its 3, clijsters didn't (i'm not counting steffii prior to 97), sharapova and anna didn't, not sure about amelie and justine, but I know for justine's first 2 she wasn't no 1.
So really probably a maximum of about 13 (proabaly less) slams out of 49 won by an existing no1 ranked player.I hope one of the stats people can give us the accurate figure. From the trend safina probably has a better chance winning the french as anyhthing but the No1 player.