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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 12:56 AM   #1
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Holding 3 Slams but not #1

If Serena wins Wimbledon she will hold 3 Slams but Safina will still be #1. I think the last time this happened was in early 1997 when Hingis became #1 while Graf was still holding RG, Wimbledon and US Open. Anyone know if there are more examples of this happening?
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 01:12 AM   #2
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

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If Serena wins Wimbledon she will hold 3 Slams but Safina will still be #1. I think the last time this happened was in early 1997 when Hingis became #1 while Graf was still holding RG, Wimbledon and US Open. Anyone know if there are more examples of this happening?
No. Actually the last time it happened was in the summer of 2003 when Clijsters was #1 while Serena held the 02 U.S Open, 03 AO and 03 Wimbledon.
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 01:15 AM   #3
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

Just goes to show you to be #1 you still need to participate in a decent amount of additional tournaments and do well in them.
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

Serena could've been ranked 2nd even if she had won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in addition to her US and Australian Opens titles. The current ranking system is a big fat joke.
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Serena could've been ranked 2nd even if she had won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in addition to her US and Australian Opens titles. The current ranking system is a big fat joke.
You are not updating your weekly ranking system even that shows Safina as no 1
how can WTA rank someone as no 1 if they dont play enough
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Old Jun 21st, 2009, 01:31 AM   #6
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You are not updating your weekly ranking system even that shows Safina as no 1
how can WTA rank someone as no 1 if they dont play enough
I'm gonna update it. In my system Serena would've been #1 had she won Roland Garros.
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Just goes to show you to be #1 you still need to participate in a decent amount of additional tournaments and do well in them.
Serena did play enough in 02-03 and she did win enough titles too. She had 3 of the 4 Slams and the semis of the other. She also had 4 other WTA titles(7 in total) when she lost the #1 ranking.

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Serena could've been ranked 2nd even if she had won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in addition to her US and Australian Opens titles. The current ranking system is a big fat joke.
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You are not updating your weekly ranking system even that shows Safina as no 1
how can WTA rank someone as no 1 if they dont play enough
In 2003 Serena held 7 titles and was the defending champ of 3 slams and could have lost the #1 ranking at Wimbledon that year if big sis didn't win that courageous match against Clijsters. Kim would have taken over the #1 ranking if she had reached the Wimbledon final. Even if she had lost to Serena she would have been #1. Even with 3 losses that year to Serena, Serena having 7 titles and 3 slams and Kim being slamless with the same number of titles in the last 52 weeks. Obviously Serena had more high value titles. The fact that she could have done it, and even if Serena hadn't gotten injured, Serena basically would have had to go undefeated the rest of the season to hold on to the #1 ranking. Now you have to admit that is just stupid. All because Kim played 22 tournaments in 52 weeks.
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

I'll take the three slams then and be happy about it.
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

safina had an amazing clay season and reached finals of 2/4 slams. Serena has only done good in the slams, everything isn't worth mentioning. you can't just play 12 tourneys and be #1 esppecially when someone else is playing more and winnning more matches.
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

I think Serena winning Wimbledon would be a good chance to show the world just how useless rankings are as a measure of ability.
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All because Kim played 22 tournaments in 52 weeks.
I like how you say it as though we should fault Kim for her dedication As if 22 tournaments is some astronomical number, when there are women who play 30+
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I like how you say it as though we should fault Kim for her dedication As if 22 tournaments is some astronomical number, when there are women who play 30+

Especially when she went deep in almost all of them. How evil of her. Playing a lot, and being in the top 5, is a great thing, because it almost always means you're winning a lot too.
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Serena could've been ranked 2nd even if she had won both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in addition to her US and Australian Opens titles. The current ranking system is a big fat joke.
Yep. Had she defeated Safina in the French final, Safina would have been #1. If Safina improved on her 3rd round Wimbledon showing and Serena went on to win Wimbledon, mathematically, Safina could still be #1. That's insane.
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I like how you say it as though we should fault Kim for her dedication As if 22 tournaments is some astronomical number, when there are women who play 30+
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Especially when she went deep in almost all of them. How evil of her. Playing a lot, and being in the top 5, is a great thing, because it almost always means you're winning a lot too.
I love how you both assumed that was my meaning. Kim retired too early and now is attempting a comeback because she burned herself out. A modern plague on women's tennis. Kim, Myskina, Hingis and Dokic led the tour in different years for matches played and tournaments entered and what do they all have in common? Early exits from the game. My greater point,(which you both seemed to miss) was that it took Kim( a player I liked mind you) 22 tournaments to do what it took Serena 12 tournaments to do. And because Kim played such a heavy schedule and had consistent results she was able to challenge for a ranking that under a quality and winning percentage based ranking system she wouldn't have. Quantity doesn't and shouldn't equal quality. You do understand if Justine hadn't reached the semis of the YEC in 2003 that Kim would have ended the season #1? A season were Serena and Justine both won 2 majors, both beat Kim on the biggest stages of the sport and a year Justine won 8 titles. Come on, you can't always justify slamless #1's by saying "Serena doesn't play enough", because sometimes (shocker I know) the person who should be #1 at the time isn't Serena.
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Re: Holding 3 Slams but not #1

Blah blah blah. Serena would then be holding 3 titles. If she had top 5 results outside slams this wouldn't be an issue. Serena's chances at #1 are in her hands.
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