Originally posted by ys:<br /><strong>Exactly, Eggy. Play a couple of those Challengers, win them, get those 150 points to back her up when her ranking will hit the rock bottom in February, to at least keep her in Top 100. If Agassi saw nothing wrong in playing Challengers, what's wrong about Anna possibly playing them.
Anna can have 5 MD WC per year. 5! That's not a lot. One of them will be used at Sydney. The other in Tokyo. That's too. Then she'll take one to play in Europe and.. Then she'll need two for IW and Ericsson. And that's it.. She'll run out of them by claycourt season time. Then she'll start playign qualifying, and qualifying poitns ARE less than those of Top Challengers.
It is quite incredible, Anna and Mary will be floaters in 32-draw at OZ.. I think all seeds will be praying of not getting them.
[ October 26, 2001: Message edited by: ys ]</strong><hr></blockquote>
Thanks for the correction regarding the amount of ranking points you can score in Challengers, but that does not change my opinion in any way. Playing low level opponents can only harm the quality of your game - and the media would poke fun of her day in day out throughout the tournament. She is no Agassi - she is watched by the media and the public every day of her life. It's not that she can't play tennis anymore - it's a mental thing, that's all.
<br />About the ranking and the entry cut offs - Anna is one the gold exemption list, isn't she ? That means Anna can get as many wild cards as she is offered by the tourney officials + the 5 WTA wild cards. So there shouldn't be a problem.
<br />The day Anna will need to play quali to get into maindraw will be the day the WTA changes the rules for that issue, believe me. I don't see her ever play a quali match again.