Which impact will it have on Vika's ranking if Serena plays Doha?
Well, as a 2012 champion in Doha Vika is defending 900 points, and Serena Williams didnīt play there at all. After Australian Open Vika had 10325, Serena Williams 9970 and Maria Sharapova 9545 points.
I think those numbers before Doha should go something like this: 10325 - 900 = 9425 for Vika, 9970 - 0 = 9970 for Serena, and 9545 for Maria. As WTA Premier 5 event winner gets 900, finalist 620, semifinalists 395, quarterfinalists 225, R16 125 and R32 70 points.
If I am right, it is going to be a similar kind of race as in Australian Open for No.1. Vika needs to something like 545 +1 points more than Serena to stay at No.1 and 120 +1 points more to keep Maria behind. At least this time Maria is #3 seed if she plays in Doha.
I hope Sloane Stephens will play there too...