Originally Posted by David de pingwin
actually i disagree with Volcana. a Play-off system might work for some team-sports, but in a sport like tennis, where Grand Slams have such a history, the Slams are more important than the championships, and always will be
I don't know about 'always will be', but you're certainly correct now. I simply disagree with you s to relevance. I'm not trying to diminish the impotance of the Slams. But the WTA doesn't control the Slams. The WTA came into being DESPITE the ITF, not with its help. As it stands, the WTA has allowed a seeding system to become more important than winning their own championship. This is, forgive me, stupid. All it accomplishes is to increase the influence of the ITF, at the WTA's expense. The point of the WTA's season should be to win the WTA championship. As a practical matter, they should avoid competing against the Slams, but being WTA champion for a given year is something they can pump up a little, and should.
Men's golf hold a parallel.
The majors are the most important tournaments, and everyone wnats to win them. But the moment the fourth one is over, the talk turns to 'who will be Player of the Year?' of course, you pretty much have to wina major to BE player of the year, but the point is the tour has it's own way of determining the best player, apart fromthe ranking ists and 'who won the majors'.
In tennis, since there IS a year end championship, as in most sports, the champion for the year would be decided on the court, by defeating the best players, rather than by the vagaries of the ranking system.
And yes, just as in almost every other sport, the best player might lose in the championships. just like World Cup, or cycling, or baseball or the Super Bowl, or curling.
When you get right to it, it doesn't matter who won San Diego last year. Or Rme or Filderstadt or Pattaya. But if the WTA took a page from other sports, and focused more on who would win their championship, complaints about the ranking system and its irrationality might well subside.
It would all make a bit more sense too.