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Old May 9th, 2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

Hey folks

Just wondered what you thought. In the last few years there has been a trend that as soon as a player establishes herself as no 1, she then seems to go into some sort of decline, often injury related eg

2002-3 Serena - had her Serena slam, but by the end of 2003 she was out with injury. Has won some slams since but has never been as dominant, nor has she ever regained the ranking
2003-4 Justine replaced Serena by winning three grand slams but then got her virus which caused her to be out of the game and a drop in the rankings.
2004-5 Lindsay Davenport ruled the roost but was never able to justify her ranking in the slams as she crumbled in all the key matches.
2006 Mauresmo wins two slams but then her form and ranking have since collapsed.
2007 Henin justifiably reclaims the top ranking with two slams and a WTA champs but something is seriously wrong in 2008 as she displays her worst performances since the days of the virus.
Clijsters and Sharapova have also had spots on the top but again their form seemed to crumble as soon as they reached the peak.
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Old May 9th, 2008, 11:38 AM   #2
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

Didn't Justine and Serena were at the top for like 100 weeks straight?
That fact alone invalidates your point.
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Old May 9th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #3
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

Who want to challenge to be number two? Where is the glory in that? personally I feel it is a lot tougher being the number one player because you have to take on everyone, including those who have no show, but still think you are the one to beat. If fact there is no reason for a fit person to get ill, unless they are overworking and not getting enough rest, but who wants just to work all the time and not enjoy the fruits of their success? I'd put it down to excessive partying, where you get all those viruses and such, not the stress of being the champion per se.
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Old May 9th, 2008, 11:50 AM   #4
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

even the no. 2, 3, 4, 11 etc ranked player slumps. look at myskina won the FO, reached no. 2 only to fade, vera Zvonerava reached the top 10 then fell out of sight, look at what is happening to vaidisosa, every one struggles, it is only a bigger deal when you are ranked no. 1
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Old May 9th, 2008, 12:27 PM   #5
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even the no. 2, 3, 4, 11 etc ranked player slumps. look at myskina won the FO, reached no. 2 only to fade, vera Zvonerava reached the top 10 then fell out of sight, look at what is happening to vaidisosa, every one struggles, it is only a bigger deal when you are ranked no. 1
Agreed and no one notices at all if a player ranked 77 slumps to 111.
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

Well, I think Justine was very cosistent for years! Her loss against Maria in Australia was her first since Wimbledon!

The same with Zvonareva: She had a lot of injury problems but in the end her results have been quite concistent.

But there are others like Sprem, Lucic, Dokic, Stevenson etc. How is it possible that a former world#4 (Dokic) is not able to win matches on future-level??
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

I suppose I am contrasting 21st century no 1s with much longer reigns in the 80s and 90s when the likes of Navratilova, Evert, Graf and even Seles were able to sustain a dominance for some years, it does just not seem possible now.
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

I think it is. But you just don't have players like Navratilova or Graf every decade. But look on the men's tour: Federer is more dominating than anybody else before.
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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

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Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

Just wondered what you thought. In the last few years there has been a trend that as soon as a player establishes herself as no 1, she then seems to go into some sort of decline, often injury related.
Is life a curse?

Just wondered what you thought. In the last million years there has been a trend that as soon as a human being comes to life, she then seems to go into some sort of decline, always resulting in death.

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Re: Is the number 1 ranking a curse?

I am so glad Serena left her #1 ranking with more grace than Justine is effectively doing! Winning wimby
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