She has Sydney SF, AO 4th round, Indian Wells SF and Monterry F. I'd say most players would love those results considering Maria, Serena and Vika win everything of importance these days.
I am not saying it's deserved or not; it's just what it is, but the facts are that Kerber has been injured since the beginning of the year, playing at times some awful tennis, and has been unable to beat any player of significance. She has lost lately to La Woz, Cirstea and Pavs, who are not exactly girls on fire this season. Despite it all she's number 9 in the race. It just makes you think, don't you agree ?
Errani is #6 without a top 10 win this year, and Sloane is #8 based exclusively on her deep run at the AO. I am just stating the facts.
Truth is that every excuse is good in order to point out a pretended weakness of the tour.
I am not politically correct, so there's weakness, whether you like it or not.
Not many years ago (maybe you didn't watch tennis at the time, and don't know any better
) we had: Serena, Venus, Hingis, Kim, Justine, Lindsey, Mauresmo, Pova plus several other highly competitive players.
Do you really think that in such scenario a player like Kerber in her actual form would be #9 in the race ?