New WTA Chief defends ranking system
I'm sorry yall...I know this is like beating a dead horse (ducks the tennis balls beiing thrown at me) but just figured I would post this. I mean she's right. I know that in the whole rankings dispute I have always said that look...the system is what it is. There is more to the season than the 4 grand slams (i.e. 8 weeks). It is a 52 week
system that rewards someone who played enough and either gets deep in enough tournaments and/or wins enough that they can achieve the #1 ranking without winning any of the slams. Again, there is a difference between a computer #1 and who the best player in the world is. I don't think it should even be an argument. Instead of Serena saying "we know who the real #1 is" she should've said like she's said in the past that she believes she is the best player in the world. Cuz there is clearly a difference.
Safina is #1 based on the ranking system. Its not her design so I don't get why she gets so much flack for it. She is the beneficiery of the system, whether we think its a flawed system or not. It doesn't make her look good when she gets whipped in the finals of slams and only wins 1 game in the semifinals of a slam, but she was consistent enough last year to grab the #1 ranking. I don't know. If people would just understand the difference between #1 and the best player in the world, I think this argument can just go away. I would like to see the majors have more points though and I think it was a bad idea getting rid of quality points when you beat top ranked players.
WTA=WILLIAMS TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Venus Williams Wimbledon Champion (00,01,05,07,08)
US Open Champion (00,01)
Serena Williams Australian Open Champion (03,05,07,09,10,15,17)
French Open Champion (02,13,15)
Wimbledon Champion (02,03,09,10,12,15,16)
US Open Champion (99,02,08,12,13,14)