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Nov 18th, 2004, 03:40 PM

From Bob Larsonīs tennisnewsletter:

Ranking Notes

In a week when only about a dozen Top 100 players were in action, and no one has much to defend, we can't say much here. One minor footnote might be in order: As you know, Lindsay Davenport ends the year at #1. She has 4760 points. That is the lowest point total for a year-end #1 since additive rankings were established in 1997 -- this despite the fact that the points table has been cranked up several times since then. The previous low was held by none other than Davenport, in 2001, when she had 4902 points -- about 5000-5100 on today's points tables. Other numbers: Martina Hingis ended 1997 with 6264; on today's points table, that would be close to 7000. Davenport ended 1998 with 5654. Hingis ended 1999 with 6074, and had 6180 at the end of 2000. Serena Williams ended 2002 with 6080. Justine Henin-Hardenne had 6628 at the end of last year (the theoretical record, though slightly behind Hingis when point inflation is taken into account).

More telling: We've often had a #2 player with more points than Davenport this year. In 1998, Hingis was #2 with 5366 (about 5600 in today's points). Davenport had 4841 as the 1999 year-end #2, and 5022 as the 2000 #2. Jennifer Capriati had 4892 as the 2001 #2. Venus Williams ended 2002 with 5140 points. And Kim Clijsters had 6553 at the end of last year.

Thus, although Davenport ends the year at #1, her year by historical standards was that of a weak #2 player!

Ranking Notes

In a week when only about a dozen Top 100 players were in action, and no one has much to defend, we can't say much here. One minor footnote might be in order: As you know, Lindsay Davenport ends the year at #1. She has 4760 points. That is the lowest point total for a year-end #1 since additive rankings were established in 1997 -- this despite the fact that the points table has been cranked up several times since then. The previous low was held by none other than Davenport, in 2001, when she had 4902 points -- about 5000-5100 on today's points tables. Other numbers: Martina Hingis ended 1997 with 6264; on today's points table, that would be close to 7000. Davenport ended 1998 with 5654. Hingis ended 1999 with 6074, and had 6180 at the end of 2000. Serena Williams ended 2002 with 6080. Justine Henin-Hardenne had 6628 at the end of last year (the theoretical record, though slightly behind Hingis when point inflation is taken into account).

More telling: We've often had a #2 player with more points than Davenport this year. In 1998, Hingis was #2 with 5366 (about 5600 in today's points). Davenport had 4841 as the 1999 year-end #2, and 5022 as the 2000 #2. Jennifer Capriati had 4892 as the 2001 #2. Venus Williams ended 2002 with 5140 points. And Kim Clijsters had 6553 at the end of last year.

Thus, although Davenport ends the year at #1, her year by historical standards was that of a weak #2 player!