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Join Date: Feb 2006
Re: Year end # 1 ranking and player of the year award
Very misleading. Injuries affected the tour immensely in the mid 2000's.
Davenport clung to #1 in 04 and 05 as Serena, Venus, Henin, and Clijsters all dominated briefly during their slam runs but were then injured. Mauresmo in 2006 was more a gift and a congratulations to breaking down her mental block. Surely someone who made all 4 slam finals, won one, and the YEC should have been the Player of the Year in 2006.
2008 was crap. Tie goes to the player with a slam and slam final. Venus? Only won YEC and Wimbledon, did nothing else. Jankovic? Slam final and some indoor titles - big whoop. Sharapova disappeared after OZ. Ivanovic? No. Tie goes to Serena. 2010? WTA would have felt stupid giving it to someone who only played half the year. 2nd place goes to Clijsters - slam and YEC.
I think these are pretty accurate. No one can deny this was Serena's year. Azarenka was just consistent throughout the year. USO Final, Wimbledon SF, etc. etc, while losing to Serena every time. Serena's OZ 4R and RG 1R kills her. She'll be #1 after OZ without a doubt.