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Doc
Feb 28th, 2005, 02:41 PM
Cur.Prv.Name/Country/Points
1(1)DAVENPORT, LINDSAY (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40106)USA ....... 4965.
2(2)MAURESMO, AMELIE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=130450)FRA .......... 4890.
3(4)SHARAPOVA, MARIA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=310137)RUS .......... 4544.
4(3)WILLIAMS, SERENA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=230234)USA ........... 4389.

5(5)MYSKINA, ANASTASIA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=130533)RUS ....... 3785.
6(7)DEMENTIEVA, ELENA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40289)RUS ......... 3665.
7(6)KUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=110552)RUS ... 3545.

8(9)MOLIK, ALICIA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=130548)AUS .................. 2630.
9(8)WILLIAMS, VENUS (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=230220)USA ............. 2519.

10(10)CAPRIATI, JENNIFER (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=30200)USA ....... 2358.
11(11)ZVONAREVA, VERA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=260142)RUS ......... 2217.
12(12)PETROVA, NADIA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=160379)RUS .. .........2155.

13(13)DECHY, NATHALIE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=40254)FRA .......... 1701.
14(14)SCHNYDER, PATTY (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190519)SUI ......... 1672.
15(16)BOVINA, ELENA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=20992)RUS ............. 1507.

16(15)HENIN-HARDENNE, JUSTINE (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=80350)BEL .. 1348.
17(20)SCHIAVONE, FRANCESCA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190666)ITA .. 1344.
18(17)LIKHOVTSEVA, ELENA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=120151)RUS ..... 1342.
19(18)SPREM, KAROLINA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190881)CRO .......... 1311.
20(19)SUAREZ, PAOLA (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/playerbio.asp?PlayerID=190360)ARG ............. 1288.


The Top 4, Lindsay, Amelie, Maria and Serena, are now well away from the chasing pack, with a clear 600 points or more separating them from No's 5-7.

Less than 600 points separate the Top 4, and Maria (at No 3) would need only a net gain of 430 points to make it No 1. An 9interesting position, considering that Maria has fewer points than most to defend between here and Roland Garros. Mauresmo is still within spitting distance of the top place, a mere 75 points behind Davenport. Serena, leapfrogged by Maria Sharapova this week, could easily leapfrog back into 3rd position with a good showing in Dubai - which Maria is not ploaying.

Beneath the Top 4, we have the Russian Trio of Slam winners and runners up, Myskina, Kuznetsova and Dementieva, occupying places 5-7. With only 200 points separating them, the order here could change at any time. But it would take a couple of major successes for one of them to catch the Top 4.

Next, in places 8 and 9, come Alicia Molik and Venus Williams, with only 111 points separating them, they are still around a thousand points behind the Middle Russians. Both have a LOT of work to do to move any higher in the rankings. Their Dubai performance will be very telling.

Capriati, Petrova and Zvonareva share the next step on the pyramid, at positions 10, 11 and 12. None can be considered in top form, and these seem to be struggling to maintain their position, rather than rising.

400-500 points below these, come Dechy, Schnyder and Bovina, at places 13, 14 and 15. All three are figures who could hope to climb the rankings, but look to need a major boost in form to break the Top Ten.

Next, close together in the 1300 points range, come Henin-Hardenne, Schiavone, Likhovtseva, Sprem and Suarez, rounding out the Top Twenty. The big question here is, how well will Henin Hardenne do in the coming months? Undoubtedly she has the talent to burst back into the Top 10 and upset many of those above her. But come-backs are always difficult.

Just outside the Top Twenty we find an improving Hantuchova at No 22. But she faces a very tough draw in Dubai. Along with her lurk Farina-Elia, Sugiyama, Golovin and Penetta, on roughly the same number of points.


Kim Clijsters is now lurking at 134 with 262 points. :eek:

RussiansFan
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:06 PM
Good analysis, I think Masha could reach N1 before Roland Garros, because in these months she's not too many points to defend. If she is not be able to do this, she will have to wait at least the US Open (but this depends on her performance in Wimbledon = almost 1000 points to defend, if I'm not wrong). Serena could also do very well, even if she has to defend her victory at Miami.
Mauresmo has lost a great chanche to become N1 losing the semi vs Molik, now Lindsay can gain other points and she won't lost anyone in this tournament... while Mauresmo won't play at all. However, much depends on the decision of Davenport wheter to retire or not after Indian Wells...
It's pointless talking about pos. 5-7 because there are very few points dividing Nastya and Svetlana,however, both of them will lose ca. 275 points this week, but they're now playing, while Dementieva is still recovering...
Molik is rising very quickly, whereas Capriati, Zvonareva and also Petrova are falling down...

Wannabeknowitall
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:11 PM
What is with this rumor that Lindsay is going to retire at Indian Wells? LOL. Why would someone commit to FED CUP and the US clay court season if they knew they were going to retire at Indian Wells. Lindsay is still in deep trouble. Mauresmo is suppsedly playing Indian Wells and Miami which she didn't play last year. So she has many points to gain. Lindsay will be praying someone loses early for the next month to keep number one.

Doc
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:24 PM
For comparison: Leaders in the race. (Points earned in 2005 only ) are:

1 WILLIAMS, SERENA USA ...... 1261.
2 SHARAPOVA, MARIA RUS .......1201.
3 DAVENPORT, LINDSAY USA .. 1004.
4 MOLIK, ALICIA AUS .............. 900.
5 MAURESMO, AMELIE FRA ....... 851.

RussiansFan
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:27 PM
I've heard this from Eurosport reporters, they are saying this since the beginning of the year... obviously, I hope she will remain. Honestly, I haven't controlled her committments, that's why I'm wrong.
But, as you've just said, it will be very difficult for her to keep N1, however...

Grice
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:27 PM
thanks for the detailed breakdown and analysis..

so cool to have such a tight fight up there in the rankings

Doc
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:32 PM
I think Masha could reach N1 before Roland Garros, because in these months she's not too many points to defend. If she is not be able to do this, she will have to wait at least the US Open (but this depends on her performance in Wimbledon = almost 1000 points to defend, if I'm not wrong). Serena could also do very well, even if she has to defend her victory at Miami.
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Yes. Both Masha and Serena have a great chance to make further breakthroughs leading up to RG.

Chunchun
Feb 28th, 2005, 03:36 PM
Go LenaD :cool:

Andrew.
Feb 28th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Lindsay is not retiring at Indian Wells. This was a rumor started by Australian media back in January.

..ikke..
Feb 28th, 2005, 08:52 PM
Alicia and Momo :woohoo:
Take the top spot Amelie

switz
Feb 28th, 2005, 10:42 PM
Lindsay is not retiring at Indian Wells. This was a rumor started by Australian media back in January.

i thought wertheim started it

AUSBOY
Mar 1st, 2005, 12:16 AM
Molik is going to only keep movin up, she has hardly any points to defend until after Wimbledon!

New
Mar 1st, 2005, 12:21 AM
I'm not a fan of Maria, but I do hope she reaches the top. Cos I think it's a shame for a Grand Slam champion not to peak at number one.

thelittlestelf
Mar 1st, 2005, 12:26 AM
I'm really wondering who's gonna end this year at #1!