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SerenaSlam
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:25 PM
So what does every think the ranking of Dinara Safina will be after the French Open. She has over 3500 points to defend and when is the last time she even played a match? I mean 3500 points in a months time span. Is she going to be healthy enough to come back and defend the over 2000 points that are from the tournies alone and then the 1400 from RG?

Venus is looking good. 14 matches in a row. With her semi final here she is now the new number 4. If she wins the tournie it will put her at number 3 in the rankings and less than 200 points from the number 2 posistion. With only about 415 points to defend going into RG i see a very good chance of her making it to number 2 and having the sisters back at 1 and 2. Been a while. What do you think are those chances? CW and Dinara are basically her two major factors and they both have well over double the points to defend compared to her.

Serena y Monica
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:36 PM
If Safina comes back during clay season she should be able to defend most of her points...and Woz is playing fairly well...so I guess it's possible but not probable that Venus will be back at #2...and honestly...I'm not too sure she focuses on the rankings...yet it would be nice to know she wouldn't see Serena til the finals.

Andrewraven
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:38 PM
yeah, i agree, i can't imagine dinara in her current form defending those points so i imagine venus will eventually become number two in the world given she plays a better clay court season

friendsita
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:47 PM
Ita

tennnisfannn
Mar 31st, 2010, 04:48 PM
Oh Venus, cannot wait for her to climb higher in the rankings, unfortunatley the last four or so years she has had very little to defend in the clay season and each time has failed to make up ground.

SerenaSlam
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:00 PM
S.N. Serena is 3 weeks from surpassing Lindsay in weeks at number 1! Number 7 on the list!! slowly moving up on every chart! LOL

Steven.
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:04 PM
Safina won't be able to defend the points. If Venus wins Miami, she'll be 3rd on the leaderboard.

Also Venus has already successfully defended her points at Miami. During Clay season, Venus should only be worried about Rome (Semi-finalist last year). Hopefully she will do better at the French Open as well, but that's her worst grand slam event so eh......

With Wozniacki at World Number 2, Venus shouldn't have a hard time getting 2nd spot back. I'm predicting that Wozniacki will lose at least 900 points at the US Open.

Strangely enough, it has only been 3 or so days since I've commented to a friend that we'll probably see the William sisters at World Number 1 and 2 again this year.

VishaalMaria
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:10 PM
As a Venus fan, as long as she's in the top 8 then I'm happy. If she makes it any better then I see it as a bonus.

But I still find it a big shame that Dinara wasn't able to do much and is sidelined with injury. Just a bit of a downer when one player isn't able to defend points.

SerenaSlam
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:21 PM
As a Venus fan, as long as she's in the top 8 then I'm happy. If she makes it any better then I see it as a bonus.

But I still find it a big shame that Dinara wasn't able to do much and is sidelined with injury. Just a bit of a downer when one player isn't able to defend points.

what do you think are those chances....

danieln1
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:21 PM
Then it will be 2002/2003 all over again for the nostalgia

1.Serena
2.Venus

then the rest...

Patrick345
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:21 PM
If Safina comes back during clay season she should be able to defend most of her points...

No way. Even in a best case scenario and with no problems at all, she hasnīt played a match in two months and it will take her a few matches to get in match shape. If she has bad draws, she might suffer some early round losses. I donīt see her playing every week either, if she makes it deep in some tournaments. It would be amazing, if she made it through the whole clay season without another setback. That should be her biggest goal, not defending these points. They are meaningless. With the current inconsistent players sitting inside the top 30, sheīll have no problem to climb through the rankings again as long as she is 100% healthy.

Jorn
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:29 PM
Ula Radwanska has a back injury and won't be back before Wimby...


When will Safina be back?

Gdsimmons
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:33 PM
Safina has a LOT of points!! She won clay court tournaments last year like clockwork!! Remember she won Rome and Madrid ;);). And was a finalist at the french. Homegirl has ALOT to defend

Aaric
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:41 PM
Safina has a LOT of points!! She won clay court tournaments last year like clockwork!! Remember she won Rome and Madrid ;);). And was a finalist at the french. Homegirl has ALOT to defend

Also finalist in Sttutgart

Serena y Monica
Mar 31st, 2010, 05:47 PM
No way. Even in a best case scenario and with no problems at all, she hasnīt played a match in two months and it will take her a few matches to get in match shape. If she has bad draws, she might suffer some early round losses. I donīt see her playing every week either, if she makes it deep in some tournaments. It would be amazing, if she made it through the whole clay season without another setback. That should be her biggest goal, not defending these points. They are meaningless. With the current inconsistent players sitting inside the top 30, sheīll have no problem to climb through the rankings again as long as she is 100% healthy.


I agree w/u 100%. That's y I said I think she'll defend most of her points if she returns. Most players will roll and I'm not too sure what a bad draw is for her on clay...I think she can take Justine who will be ranked (so they can't meet too early any) and Kim will be what top 10 by European clay...she'll b fine.

Shvedbarilescu
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:22 PM
Safina has a ridiculous amount of points to defend during the clay season. Coming back from a serious back injury and having to contend with two additional elite players in Clijsters and Henin make it likely that she is going to lose a huge amount of points.

Wozniacki also has a lot of points to defend during the clay season. Still, she is playing pretty well. Even so I still believe Wozniacki will lose points during this clay season, the question is how many.

I remember some posters talking about the prospects of Venus Williams reaching number two in the rankings last year and I basically commented that I didn't see it happening.

This year however I'd say her chances are much much better. I'd say she will almost without question overtake Dinara possibly before RG but certainly after and I'd put the likilihood of Venus overtaking Wozniacki before Paris at around 60%. Of course from that point on both players will have plenty of opportunities to both gain and lose points and there could be quite a bit of fluctuation in the upper level of the rankings as the season continues. But to return to the main point, yes Venus has an excellent shot this year at the number two spot. Infact given that her sister has been out of the game since the AO, I wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility of Venus claiming that number one spot although that likilihood is much smaller.

Tennisstar86
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:48 PM
venus will more than likely be the #2 seed at the French Open..... Shes defending like 300 points up to Roland garros now....

Tennisstar86
Mar 31st, 2010, 06:51 PM
Safina has a ridiculous amount of points to defend during the clay season. Coming back from a serious back injury and having to contend with two additional elite players in Clijsters and Henin make it likely that she is going to lose a huge amount of points.

Wozniacki also has a lot of points to defend during the clay season. Still, she is playing pretty well. Even so I still believe Wozniacki will lose points during this clay season, the question is how many.

I remember some posters talking about the prospects of Venus Williams reaching number two in the rankings last year and I basically commented that I didn't see it happening.

This year however I'd say her chances are much much better. I'd say she will almost without question overtake Dinara possibly before RG but certainly after and I'd put the likilihood of Venus overtaking Wozniacki before Paris at around 60%. Of course from that point on both players will have plenty of opportunities to both gain and lose points and there could be quite a bit of fluctuation in the upper level of the rankings as the season continues. But to return to the main point, yes Venus has an excellent shot this year at the number two spot. Infact given that her sister has been out of the game since the AO, I wouldn't entirely rule out the possibility of Venus claiming that number one spot although that likilihood is much smaller.

well, actually given whose defending what. If Venus gets her Wimbledon title back and she has nothing to build on in Paris basically. Id be shocked if Venus (with a Wimbledon win) doesnt see #1 this year....especially with Serena pulling out of tournaments left and right....

and Wozniaki cant build in the fall IMO.... she wont defend that Us Open final... all Venus has is the stanford.

vwfan
Apr 2nd, 2010, 11:39 PM
Miami title win will see her surpass Dinara.

Let's go Venus. You can do this. Miami is the Williams house. ;)

redsonja
Apr 3rd, 2010, 12:08 AM
When will Safina be back?

Safina (http://news.sport-express.ru/2010-03-31/353478/) just started hitting again on Tuesday and for now she's only spending 40 minutes a day on court. Combine technical rustiness from not playing for two months + building one's stamina back up, and I'd say the odds that she'll be back in any substantial way (or at all) for clay season are slim. :shrug: As a huge fan, that's fine with me. I'd much rather her lose her ranking than come back too soon and have what happened in Australia happen all over again.

vwfan
Apr 3rd, 2010, 12:13 AM
It's Caroline, not Dinara standing in the way of Venus for #2.

Uranium
Apr 3rd, 2010, 12:15 AM
Venus will be #3 if she wins tomorrow, but then lose it after Charleston, then most likely get it back after Stuttgart.

LightWarrior
Apr 3rd, 2010, 12:21 AM
If Safina comes back during clay season she should be able to defend most of her points.

Yeah right. :help:

Craig.
Apr 3rd, 2010, 12:25 AM
Venus will be #3 if she wins tomorrow, but then lose it after Charleston, then most likely get it back after Stuttgart.

She's not playing Charleston?

Uranium
Apr 3rd, 2010, 12:28 AM
She's not playing Charleston?

She isn't playing there. It's Fed Cup Possibly-Stuttgart-Rome-Madrid as far as I know.

osseous
Apr 3rd, 2010, 03:41 AM
It's Caroline, not Dinara standing in the way of Venus for #2.

:rolls: Right!

Whatever the scenario is, if Venus becomes no.2, she totally deserved it. I don't put much expectation on Dina but I expect her to go low down the rankings. However, that's so much better than to risk her health again. She better not play if she's not 100% ready. Now, I would like to congratulate Venus in advance for doing such a great work. She's playing good tennis at the moment.

ZODIAC
Apr 3rd, 2010, 04:21 AM
I agree w/u 100%. That's y I said I think she'll defend most of her points if she returns. Most players will roll and I'm not too sure what a bad draw is for her on clay...I think she can take Justine who will be ranked (so they can't meet too early any) and Kim will be what top 10 by European clay...she'll b fine.Dinara should take her time and let that back heal otherwise if she comes back early she might ruin her career.She should forgo RG and Wimbledon and comeback in say August when she is fully healed ...we hate to see players retiring because of injuries.