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...wasn't she 16? Where was the age limitations on playing too many events?
tennisIlove09 said:...wasn't she 16? Where was the age limitations on playing too many events?
Oh. I didn't realize the rule was a newer thing ThanksKnizzle said:Not for Hingis, she started playing before the rule was implemented. Same for Venus although she didn't play any tournaments.
Unfortunately for Kim, she is in much the same position. She has a good chance to win the U.S. Open, yes, in the absence of Serena and possibly Venus, and gain all those points. But this is the nature of the top- it's tough to get there, and tough to stay there. This is nothing new- it happened for Graf, Seles, Navratilova, Evert, King, Court, Goolagong, King, Court, King, Court, King, Bueno, Smith, Smith, Smith, Bueno, Smith, Smith Smith, Bueno, Hard, Gibson, Fry, Hart, Connolly and Pauline Betz Addie (now there's a name I haven't seen on this board!)!irma said:no I am not start that discussion again either
martina proved the rest of the year that she deserved the spot, that's what counts
hope kim can do the same!
Similar situation as this year but worse. Graf lost the number one ranking having 3 slams and the masters counting on her ranking points.TonyP said:She became number one by winning tournaments, and by consistantly getting to the later stages of tournaments.
And she'd won the Australian Open in '97 before she reached the number one ranking.
But you need to look at the run up on any player who get to the top.
This is tennis, it's not NFL football or NHL hockey were there are big, year ending events that determine who the world champion is.
Martina did well in a number of tournaments leading up to her winning Miami in '97, where she achieved the number one ranking.
But she only had one slam title at the time and before that she had not won that many tournaments.
Prior to getting to number one, she had won Filderstadt and Oakland in '96, then Sydney, Tokyo, the Paris Indoor and the AO before winning Miami.
But she had done well, getting to the finals of the Chase Championships in '96, the semi-finals at the USO.
The point is, you have to accumulate enough points to get to the top and that doesn't happen over night.
That is what Kim has done, allowing her to capture the top spot.