Re: Thoughts on the ranking debacle.
The point of this thread is not to blame Serena for the rankings, just to verify. It's just a freak thing that is happening right now. You'd think a player who wins the US Open, wins the Australian Open, and possibly wins/definately reaches the final of Wimbledon would win SOME events outside of the Big 6. But this time she hasn't. Injury, fatigue... I don't care about why. The ranking system does not need changing, it's just that THIS hasn't happened before. This being, the best player (Serena) failing outside of the slams due to whatever reason, while a lesser player (Safina) performs almost as consistently as humanly possible everywhere, including the slams.
RU French Open
QF Indian Wells
RU Australian Open
W Los Angeles
SF US Open
19 events. 14 SF or better. For a player of Safina's standing (not a GS champion), has this level of consistency really been seen before?
This is why the rankings are the way they are right now. Safina surely can't keep this up, and Serena will have to win a non-GS title sooner or later. Don't change the ranking system, just wait it out.