@saniamania- I do agree with most of your posts but there are few points where I beg to differ.
1. With regard to Maria, so many people still dont give her credit for what she has achieved. Initially she was called one-GS wonder but now even after winning another(that too beating the BEST players in SF and F) GS, people are reluctant to give her credit. If you compare the records of all the Elite players(Justine, Williams sisters, Amelie, Sveta and Lindsay) for the last three years, you will see that Maria is second to none and has one of the best record in GS and is the most consistent player after Justine.
2. As for Top5 not being strong,say as in, 2001, IMO the main reason for that is that the Top players(Elite) players are not playing enough and taking time out for many reasons(both injuries as well as personal life). Venus and Serena dont play much 'cause of various reasons, Amelie suddenly took a long break, Kim retired suddenly and Lindsay also had to go for personal reasons. For me, this bunch of players, Justine, Maria, Lindsay, Amelie and Williams sisters comprises the TOP5-6 players. I will put these players in the Elite category and I think, maybe by just, you can add Sveta to these group of players 'cause she has done enough to deserve a place in the Top5 and has been pretty consistent through out the year. (I've not included Martina coz of her terrible form this season
3. Among the Top10, I dont think JJ deserves the place in there esp No 2-3 ranking. She is good but not good enough to be ranked among the Top3-5 players of the world. She has been the most beneficial player coz of the absence of the elite stars and I give her full credit for taking advantage of their absence. Ana is good but has to go a long way before she can be graded in the same class as Elite Players. Anna is the one, I see, with huge potential and I think with a win or two or over Top players, I see her go a long way. For me, She is the most promising player of the lot.
P.S: Marion Bartoli and Daniela Hantuchova no way deserve a place in the Top10 rankings.
Hi martinasania, thanks for making some nice points. Yes, I am (or rather was
) a great fan of Martina, really liked how she used her brain and all-court game to lay bare the weaknesses of one-dimensional players. I think only Serena in 2003 can be compared to the way Martina dominated 1999. No one else ever did since then.
Regarding Masha, as you correctly said, opinions differ widely. Yes, given her age, she has done well, at 21 she has 2 slams. However, I am talking esepcially of women's tennis at this point, and her game is too prone to fall apart under pressure now. 2 years from now, if she can raise her game a notch, she may end up as a well deserved number 1 player, but as of today her game seems a notch below the top 3, especially since she changed her serve action.
The way I see Maria as of now, she has very little chance of winning a tourny if she has the misfortune to face Serena, Venus, Justine or Ivanovic. W sisters were clearly not at her best in 2006, yet they beat her with ridiculous ease at the slams.
Among the new talents, my horse is Ana Ivanovic. If she can work on her court movement, she can dominate with that serve and forehand.
Chakky does not seem to me have enough weapons to hurt the very best. Against the non-elite players, she is a handful though, as Sania found out this year