This is my prediction (based on nothing but still fun):
Davenport and Seles have both retired in 2004. Davenport has a career total of 5 grand slams and Seles of 10. Capriati struggles to make a comeback as a 30 year old after a tumble in the rankings following a burnout in 2004. Hingis came back to the #1 position early 2003 after seriously altering her game. The last 5 years have been dominated by Venus, Serena, Clijsters and Hingis, with Venus and Hingis claiming the most Grand Slam victories. Newcomers to the top are Dinara Safina, Daniela Hantuchova, Iroda Tulyaganova and Daja Bedanova. Kournikova won quite a few titles here and there but failed to go all the way on a grand slam. Her best was a final appearance at wimbledon 2004, where she was wiped away by Venus.<br />Dokic and Mauresmo each fell out of the Top 10 late 2004 and struggle coming back.<br /> <br />The Top 10:
1. Martina Hingis (after trading places with Venus about 20 times)<br />2. Venus Williams<br />3. Kim Clijsters<br />4. Daniela Hantuchova<br />5. Serena Williams<br />6. Dinara Safina<br />7. Iroda Tulyaganova<br />8. Justine Henin<br />9. Daja Bedanova<br />10. Anna Kournikova
18. Jelena Dokic<br />25. Amelie Mauresmo<br />47. Jennifer Capriati
Dec 27th, 2001, 08:57 PM
Dec 27th, 2001, 09:09 PM
omg, I don't like that top 10 at all! lol
Dec 27th, 2001, 09:46 PM
I think Justine and especially Amélie and Jelena will be a lot higher.
I don't think Iroda will ever be ranked as high as that. For the rest... it looks empty you know! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Dec 27th, 2001, 09:46 PM
If your predictions are anywhere near the truth I might just avoid watching tennis altogether in 2004 !
Capriati continues her winning ways deep into the first decade of the 21st century by staying fit, focused and fabulous. Venus and Serena only play 4 tourneys per year. Venus plays Wimbledon and Lipton and Serena plays the US and Canadian Opens due to their hectic fashionista schedules. Serena is also a big hit on broadway starring in the new musical version of the Crying Game with Aaron Carter. Hingis gets by from winning Doha each year cause nobody else shows up but a retired sandrine testud. Majoli fufills her97 promise when she gets off the sauce and quits disco dancing the nigth away as Seles takes over as Iva's new fitness coach.
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:17 PM
omg Goolagong LOL! Hingis just winning Doha every year <img src="redface.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> good one!
Dec 27th, 2001, 10:20 PM
I personally liked Seles as a fitness coach! LOL
And venus and serena playing 4 tournaments and both being in top 10!
Dec 28th, 2001, 01:43 AM
I don't think Daniela will be in front of Serena.....
I like Iroda in top 10!!!! Go Iroda <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
Dec 28th, 2001, 02:51 AM
If thats the situation in 5 years then the whole Tour would be a disaster.
2-3 players that haven't got a WTA rank will be in the Top 10 in 5 years.
Goolagong, do you mean that Justine has a younger<br />sister? (Or a clone? <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> )
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:47 AM
LOL @ griffin. I was thinking the exact same thing!
I think it's way too hard to predict.
Jennifer will be 30 or so, so will Lindsay. Lindsay has said she won't have the appetite to be content being the #10 ranked player, or the #20 ranked player, so she'll be gone by then.
If she wins 2 more slams in the next 2 years I reckon she'll be gone anyway.
Seles obviously won't be there.
I don't know, the 'shelf life' of female tennis players, on the whole, is looking like it's getting shorter.
Yes, you will have Tauziat and Farina Elia and Coetzer, but this is going to happen less and less for the elite players. There bodies won't be able to take 10 years of the Tour, the way it is now. Anke Huber is 26 for Chrisssakes and she'd had enough. We may see this happening more, particularly as the conveyor belt shovelling in new talent will be moving faster and faster.
If she's still wanting it Serena Williams will be around. Kim and Justine I also think will be. If Venus is as susceptible to illness as she appears to be, she may have quit already.
As for the rest... who knows?
Dec 28th, 2001, 11:12 AM
Why does everyone dislike my predicted top 10? Is it because the high amount of -ova's? I'm not russian but I just think these girls have potential. Who else should be in the top 10 in 5 years then??
Dec 28th, 2001, 12:08 PM
I think that 2 or 3 players who are just 12 ou 13 year old today will be in the top10 in 5 years!
Dec 28th, 2001, 12:36 PM
I prefer Goolagong's prediction <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:51 PM
I like goolagongs better too, but the chances that 9 of the courrent top 10 will still be there in 5 years time is almost zero. Take the top 10 from 1996
ONLY THREE TOP ten players survive from 1996 (Seles, Davenport, Hingis)
In 1996 we had never heard of Dokic, CLijsters, Henin and the Williams Sisters and Mauresmo (if you followed juniors) were quite obscure as well.
It is very difficlut to predict, but i say Lifewasadisaster's is more accurate.
Dec 28th, 2001, 07:57 PM
In 2004 Michaela Krajicek will crack the top 10 <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:07 PM
Is she related to Richard , and how old is she, as I've not come across her name.
BTW .... if she is what's Richard got to say to her about his infamous comment he made about women players <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:19 PM
Well tennisaddict, it all depend on the years you pick. The fact is that 5 players who were in the top 10 in 1996 were still top 10 players in 2000 (hingis, davenport, seles, asv & conchi) so that means that at least the half of the top 10 players survived for 4-5 years, so maybe in 2004-2005 we'll see still names like venus, hingis, serena, jennifer etc in the top 10.
Dec 28th, 2001, 08:24 PM
Another good example: Graf Seles ASV Conchi & Jana were all top ten players in 1991. 7 years later, in 1998, they were still top 10 players.
As I said before, it all depend on the years...
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:05 PM
She is 12 or 13 and she is Richard`s halfsister and is trained by their dad and apparently a big talent. Richard is supporting her too since he has contact with their father again since a few years.
Dec 28th, 2001, 09:34 PM
TOT, you are absolutely right about variation with different years...BUT even with the stats you supply only 4-5 players survive long periods, which is still a far cry from 9 of 10.<br />ANd in this era of turbulence and depth of talent it would be a game man who bet that 9 of today's top 10 would still be there in 5 years time, thats all i'm saying. And i'm sure some of todays top ten, especiall yMArtina, VEnus, Serena will still be there.
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Dec 28th, 2001, 10:24 PM
It's difficult to say. I certainly wouldn't want to give firm predictions.
But I suspect that Hingis, Clijsters & Dokic will still be in the top 10 in 5 years time. All three are very very dedicated to tennis and have shown themselves to be not prone to injuries.
Venus & Serena I'm less sure about. They might well be there, but I do get the feeling that they might retire early. Both have ambitions outside tennis, which they might decide to pursue. I'm not knocking their tennis - if they're still playing tennis in 5 years time they'll still be top 10 - but I'm just not convinced they will continue playing.
Lindsay, Jen, Monica will have retired.
Henin is a little fragile physically, so I suspect that she'll be a bit up and down the rankings in the next few years.
As for new top 10ers, I would put my money on Daja Bedanova, Virginie Razzano, Maria Sharapova, and Anjelique Widjaja.
I'm less convinced by Iroda & Lina K.
Dec 28th, 2001, 11:18 PM
ok tennisaddict, I see your point
Dec 29th, 2001, 12:16 AM
Hey, Gmt! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> It's so good to see you back on the board! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">