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In The Zone
Sep 24th, 2009, 04:45 AM
Serena's withdrawal from Tokyo obviously means no doubles being played.

That leaves two possible events for 2009: Beijing and YEC.

The Williams Sisters can also get to #1 at some point in 2010 by defending Melbourne. If they were to defend Melbourne, they could pick up an event anywhere they'd like -- Dubai, Miami, Madrid, do better at the French ...

Race 2009:
Black/Huber 8500
Williams/Williams 6750

This means that if the Sisters only play YEC (and win), it will not be enough to put them into the #1 slots. A win in Doha is 1500 pts. They would need to play Beijing and fare well.

Do the Sisters reach #1 in 2009? 2010? Or do they not reach it at all?
[Poll closes after YEC and before 2010 season start for obvious reasons.]

friendsita
Sep 24th, 2009, 05:12 AM
I think they will reach #1 in 2010... this year they'll win the YEC

ArturoAce.
Sep 24th, 2009, 06:55 AM
easily in 2010, if not in 2009.

pwayne
Sep 24th, 2009, 11:55 AM
Would be an accomplishment for them but they only want Slam titles especially the French

In The Zone
Sep 25th, 2009, 07:00 AM
Would be an accomplishment for them but they only want Slam titles especially the French

I think they wanted both: #1 and slams and that's why they committed to playing all 4 this year. Since Day 1, they've said they want to play together in Doha. Sly way of saying they want to be #1.

sammy01
Sep 25th, 2009, 04:54 PM
i don't see how they will do it unless they look to do it. right now they just seem to want to win the slams but those alone wont give them the #1 ranking.

if they set the #1 ranking as a target then yes easily, they would only need to add 4 tournaments to the schedule next year (miami, madrid, canada and china) and they would gain enough points from these plus the slams and YEC to be #1.

Mightymirza
Sep 25th, 2009, 06:54 PM
They can but they don't play enough.. They can have a grand slam in 2010 though ;)

Goai
Sep 26th, 2009, 01:29 AM
It will be hard to choose the "team of the year" this year.

Uranium
Sep 26th, 2009, 01:35 AM
It will be hard to choose the "team of the year" this year.

Hardly, Venus and Serena won it in 2000 by only playing Wimbledon, USO and Olympics and winning W and Gold, while making USO semis before giving a walkover.:p They should definitely get it regardless if they win YEC.

I think next year they will, if they defend AO and win something else kind of big. But if they play Beijing then you KNOW they want #1.

Thanx4nothin
Sep 26th, 2009, 09:21 AM
Hardly, Venus and Serena won it in 2000 by only playing Wimbledon, USO and Olympics and winning W and Gold, while making USO semis before giving a walkover.:p They should definitely get it regardless if they win YEC.

I think next year they will, if they defend AO and win something else kind of big. But if they play Beijing then you KNOW they want #1.

I felt like their intent for the number 1 ranking was made clear by their victory in Stanford.

Hope they play Beijing :drool: unfortunately, with Venus having the slightly problematic knee tendonitis, it seems doubtful.

It is really quite simple, enter a few normal tournies and they'll be no.1.

And I'm guessing they'll be players of the year.

Which means Serena would (likely) win both prizes, singles and doubles :drool:

In The Zone
Sep 28th, 2009, 05:26 AM
i don't see how they will do it unless they look to do it. right now they just seem to want to win the slams but those alone wont give them the #1 ranking.

if they set the #1 ranking as a target then yes easily, they would only need to add 4 tournaments to the schedule next year (miami, madrid, canada and china) and they would gain enough points from these plus the slams and YEC to be #1.

They're not looking to do it? :confused: They said since January they wanted to qualify for Doha, they entered (and won) Stanford .. Pretty clear to me they want to do it. I think in their minds they thought if they could win the slams and win Doha, #1 would come. They just need to do well in Beijing and it is right there for them.

Playing a tour event and also playing doubles is hard for scheduling and resting, especially when you're a top player reaching the later end of the week.

hdfb
Oct 1st, 2009, 04:03 AM
Why does Serena want to make it to #1 in doubles but not singles? :sobbing: If she could hold both simultaneously it'd be another testament to her greatness.

In The Zone
Oct 2nd, 2009, 11:22 AM
The Sisters are not in the Beijing draw. :o 2010 it is.

sammy01
Oct 2nd, 2009, 05:29 PM
The Sisters are not in the Beijing draw. :o 2010 it is.

hence my point of them not targetting the #1 ranking :wavey:

Olórin
Oct 2nd, 2009, 05:41 PM
hence my point of them not targetting the #1 ranking :wavey:

I don't think they would have entered Stanford or that other tournament they won if they didn't want the #1 ranking. I think injury has gotten in the way for both at this point. They are both probably targetting a high end to the year in singles after their losses at the Open.

sammy01
Oct 2nd, 2009, 06:31 PM
I don't think they would have entered Stanford or that other tournament they won if they didn't want the #1 ranking. I think injury has gotten in the way for both at this point. They are both probably targetting a high end to the year in singles after their losses at the Open.

cmon if they really truely wanted the #1 doubles rank why didnt they enter dubai, or miami, or rome/madrid or cincinatti. theres been so many chances for them to gain extra points this year and they didn't take them. they played stanford for me because it was the start of the hardcourt season and the extra volley and movement practice was what they felt they needed.

don't get me wrong i have no doubt they could be #1, i just think they aren't bothered and its not something they are going to go out their way to do.

hdfb
Oct 3rd, 2009, 03:41 AM
Probably also because Serena doesn't even want to play Beijing. And judging from Venus' last week loss, maybe she wants to focus on singles this week.

In The Zone
Oct 3rd, 2009, 06:29 AM
hence my point of them not targetting the #1 ranking :wavey:

Or because they want to focus on singles? They have 2010 to get #1, too. They want the #1 ranking. They just think it will come to them if they win all 4 slams. So yes, it's secondary to winning slams but it is a goal of theirs.

SoClose
Oct 3rd, 2009, 07:33 AM
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