I forgot about that Final appearance in Moscow. I don't anticipate ED reaching that Final again, as I believe last year she was helped by a field depleted of top players because of 9/11. And she is doing nothing impressive lately. However, she does have a good draw in Montreal, and she could also gain if she could do well at the US Open, of course.
I tend to think that ED will end 2002 as the top Russian, but I agree with you, Cassius, that it is never going to be easy for her to duplicate that feat again. Many of the rising younger Russians are hungrier, seemingly. And I also foresee Anna K back in the top 15 by the middle of next year, maybe being the one to knock ED off her comfortable #10-15 range perch, where she has stagnated for 2 years.
Look, I wish ED would prove me wrong. Let's see what happens in Montreal.