Who's the second best female singles player in the world today?
Okay, so why her?
Figure the best is Serena. You can argue about that, but it's an argument you'll lose most of the time. Anybody who reads this forum regularly knows I don't think much of the ranking system. However, at the moment, #2 ranked Jelena Jankovic, at 5900 points, is marginally closer to #13 Henin than she is to #1 Serena. Serena is the best player by any objective measure. Right now.
Candidates for #2.
The other two current slam champs. Clijsters and Schiavone
The four slam current slam finalists. Henin, Stosur, Wozniacki and Zvonareva
The top five ranked players in 12 month rankings: Serena, JJ, Venus, Wozniacki and Stosur
Slam performance tells you who does best when everyone is peaking, ranking tells who does best week-to-week.
By 12 month rank (rk) and race rank (rc)
02 03 Jankovic
03 08 Wozniacki
04 02 Venus
05 04 Stosur
07 13 Clijsters
08 06 Schiavone
09 07 Zvonareva
13 05 Henin
Remember, all I'm doing is trying to make sure I include the second best player on the tour in the group. The arguments for each player are NOT equally strong.
And remember, it's about NOW. Venus Williams and Justine Henin have very strong resumes. But they both have to reach back a couple years for a slam win.
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