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Who will become the 14th #1 player in history?

I predicted, that Kim will become the 12th player, who reaches the #1 in the ranking history. Justine was the 13th, and the question is: who will become the 14th woman?

This is a taugh one, but I think Anastasia Myskina.
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I love this topic! We haven't had this topic for nearly two weeks, it's about time someone brought it back.

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That's a hard one. Last time when this topic came up, people believed (understandably) that it would be a long time before anyone replaced Serena, so you never know what will happen.

But just to go out on a limb -- my prediction is no one born before 1986
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Somebody Russian will probably be the next newie with a stint at no. 1.

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None of the Russians currently in the top 20 are strong enough to make a run for number one IMO.

Amelie and Chanda are too injury plagued to get to number one.

Look for someone outside of the current top 20 to reach number one.

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When you factor out the sisters, the current top 10 or so are very evenly matched. In theory any one could of them could sneak past the Belgians next year (if the sisters continue to have personal/injury problems). For example, an ascendant Nastya or an Amelie having a healthy year could do it.

BUT: My feeling is that none of the current crop who have not already made it will do so. It'll be someone younger and it won't be for a few years.

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In one year time we will be talking about 15th one.

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it certainly wont come next yr, but in about 18 months times, Maria will be close. depends how her clay court game comes on. Its not too shit hot at the mo, but if over the next yr she develops that, then it wont be long

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Very tough. It will take new no 1 to get ahead of all Clijsters,Henin-Hardenne,Williams and Williams. If at least one of them is fit... then not in near future.

My pick Petrova - has a game to do it. But more importantly attitude of non-russian player (you know...). I think she is capable to do it
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it certainly wont come next yr, but in about 18 months times, Maria will be close. depends how her clay court game comes on. Its not too shit hot at the mo, but if over the next yr she develops that, then it wont be long
She is under age restrictions for that 18 months. Can´t expect her to grab it at age of 18. Add 12 more months and she might be there. After first full tour year I won´t bet on that, 2007 or 2008 and then... !
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In one year time we will be talking about 15th one.
In that case, we'll be guessing two players ahead.

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In that case, we'll be guessing two players ahead.
No, we will be praising one behind.

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I think Mauresmo has the game, but I question whether she'd have the mental fortitude to stay consistent all year.

Petrova might have the game, but she is 21 years old and hasn't even won a title, so it's hard to see her becoming #1.

And Myskina clearly has some mental toughs, and is likely to have continued success, but she is 22 and has never passed the qfs of a major event. It would be very surprising if she became #1.
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And Myskina clearly has some mental toughs, and is likely to have continued success, but she is 22 and has never passed the qfs of a major event.
That is right, but before this year she never made it to quarterfinals even. And this year she made it to two of them. Meaning that she moves into the right direction. And next year she will probably be seeded for quarterfianls in Slams all year long.
Everyone was thinking that she hit her final plateau, and will only get down from there. The announcers at US Open openly questioned her Top 10 pedigree. Yet, she certainly improved quite a bit since.

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People, people....Maria wins two tournaments while facing some Venezuelan challenger and Anniko Kapros and we want to annoint her the next no.1?! Maria was SUPPOSED to win those titles, because she was the highest ranked player both times. Me thinks some Nadya, Elena B,....will reach no.1 before Maria( if she does.)

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