Potential Number One
In this week's Tennis Mailbag on the Sports Illustrated, I came across this intriguing bit of info from Jon Wertheim:
"Kim Clijsters was overwhelmed by Serena in the semis, but keep an eye on Clijsters' ranking. A stats savant made a good point to me: If Clijsters plays -- and does well -- in 20 events this year and Serena only plays her usual 12, Clijsters conceivably could finish the season ranked No. 1, even if Serena owns her head-to-head. Already Clijsters is set to move ahead of Venus next week"
As of right now, Clijsters is about 2,300 points behind Serena in the rankings, with about seven months left in the season. Obviously since it hasn't happened yet, I'm not going to question whether or not Clijsters deserves to be number one in the world, but I would like to know how well she would have to perform, and how Serena would have to perform, to make this "conceivably" happen. Any rankings experts out there who would care to tackle this one?