Bob Larson's ranking predictions this week:
The Rankings. At this point, the big concern isn't really next week's rankings; it's qualification for Los Angeles. Besides, the rankings aren't going to change all that much. Serena Williams is #1, Venus Williams #2, Jennifer Capriati #3, Amelie Mauresmo #4.
Below that, things do start to get interesting. Kim Clijsters is the defending Luxembourg champion, so she can't move up and might drop a spot. And everything below that is up for grabs.
Justine Henin doesn't have much to defend, so she's ahead of Clijsters in safe points -- but she's playing a much harder tournament. Monica Seles is probably safe at #7, and can't move up -- but theoretically could fall behind Daniela Hantuchova.
Jelena Dokic does have points to defend (174 of them, in fact), so she starts out behind Hantuchova in safe points. Theoretically, Hantuchova could move as high as #7. Her chances of making #8 look pretty good.
And then there is Lindsay Davenport, the defending Linz champion and with an injury. She was in the same situation she's been in for several weeks: She had to defend at least the majority of her points to stay in the Top Ten. Otherwise, Martina Hingis is back to #10. And now Davenport is out. Which means that Hingis will be back in the Top Ten for at least a week -- and will be in the year-end Top Ten unless Anastasia Myskina makes a very big move in the next two weeks, or possibly if Davenport wins Los Angeles. It's not likely to happen. Myskina has to gain 450 points to catch up with Hingis, and it's actually more than that because Myskina has so much in her sixteenth and seventeenth tournaments. Our guess is that Myskina would have to win Los Angeles, or reach the final and the Linz semifinal. We'd give Hingis at least an 80% chance of ending 2002 in the Top Ten.