Crap, crap! At least Serena IS or HAS been intimidating. Kim doesn´t scare anyone.fammmmedspin said:Intimidating to whom? Kims record against most of the tour suggests they are hardly happy to see her in the draw - the list of players to beat her is hardly long. Not clear that this is less impressive to them than the rarer prospect of meeting Serena in the same tournament.
There is no reason why a number one should be "intimidating" - its perfectly obvious that you could have someone else who might be a better player than the number one. If they only win one or two or even 38 matches a year they won't be number one - however impressive they are when they do play. Intimidating number ones are pretty rare. ASV, Capriati and Davenport hardly qualify - either through inconsistency or the shortness of any period of dominance they might have. Hingis and even Graf were pretty likely to floor you but they had spells and days off and people they had problems with. Serena looked dominant last year but hasn't been so intimidating this year when she has played. She's also dominant to a far lesser degree than someone like Navratilova (or Graf in her best years) who at their best could kill twice as many opponents in a year for fewer losses - that was intimidating.
Who would want an intimidating number one anyway - Tyson fans who like 2 minute knockouts and ear biting? Intimidating number ones mean no surprises, pre-decided finals and a block to the upcoming stars of the game. If no one can play against them even if they have an interesting game it rarely sees the light of day. A less dominant number one means more uncertainty, less one-sided matches and the opportunity for younger stars to make leaps up the rankings by acquiring quality points to match their ability rather than languishing in a ranking list fossilised by the invincible and the worthy.