Re: Safina was never that good to begin with..
I agree. Some people seem clueless to this fact. I laughed when she won the poll as best slamless #1 over Jankovic and Wozniacki. Alot of people here are really clueless on certain things.
I dont like to dump on any players, even ones I dont like, but it seems alot of people need a reality check when it comes to Safina. Even at her very best she is just a top 20 player at best. Her gettting to #1 was a huge accident, an enormous overachievement, and essentialy a fluke. It was a combination of so many factors- the retirements of the Belgians, Serena only caring about 6 events a year meaning someone else has to be ranked #1 alot of the time no matter how bad the field is, a badly flawed ranking system that rewards quantity over quality amongst other flaws, so many top players being injured or out of form, and a wierd recent trend of nearly all the better players (not just Serena) not wanting to play much which goes against the current ranking policies. Even when #1 there were atleast 8 women in the then depleted WTA who expected to beat her anytime out and most times easily did so, especialy in an important match, while anyone in the top 200 could still potentially beat her on any given day. She never scared or intimidated anyone even while #1. She is a B-level power player with a poor serve, and that is her only game, she has nothing else be it decent volleying, good tactics, variety, and she moves poorly and is a suspect competitor.