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November 16, 2001

<br />ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The WTA changed its ranking system to give more weight to Grand Slam events after Lindsay Davenport finished No. 1 this year despite not winning a major title.

Jennifer Capriati and Venus Williams won two Grand Slam tournaments each but trailed Davenport in the year-end rankings.

The changes will also increase the weight of other top-tier events in the rankings.

The ATP men's tour already rewards more points for Grand Slam and Masters Series events.

``On the heels of one of the closest races for No. 1 in our history, these changes will reward tournaments that increase their prize money above the required levels while also helping our ranking system to best reflect the performances of the players,'' WTA Tour CEO Bart McGuire said Friday.

Davenport topped Capriati, who won the Australian and French Opens, 4902 points to 4892. Williams, who played in just 12 events but won Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, ended up ranked third.

Tournaments in Miami and Indian Wells will have the greatest increases in points among the top events, elevating them above the so-called Tier I events. The WTA also will have a points-scoring curve for Tiers I-III.

The WTA announced a 67-event schedule for 2002, an addition of four tournaments from this year. Tournaments will be held in 33 countries, with total prize money up $1 million to $51 million.
 

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It loks like the bigger Tier 1s like Indian Wells will get awarded extra ranking points if they award extra prize money.

A couple of the bigger Tier 1s are going to double the prize money to 2 million next year.
 

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The changes to the ranking system will be good for the women's game. The rolling 17 tourney, 52 week system produced psuedo #1's. The #1 player was in no way the actual best player. These psuedo #1's also knew they were not the best which caused much stress for them. In the case of Martina Hingis, she actually suffered ridicule at the end through no fault of her own. Jennifer Caprati while having a great year, earned the ranking while she was actually in decline. No ranking system is perfect but the new changes should put players and rankings more in perspective.
 

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I think you didn´t realize that the ranking itself remains the same only the points for some events in- or decreased ; it´s no change of the 52-week system at all !?!
 

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Who in hell has ever said that the ranking should express who is the best player RIGHT NOW ??? I don't know any sport where a ranking does that. And of course it is like that, because that can change every week. One week this player wins a tournament, the other week a different player. <br /> <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> Should you forget after Wimbledon what has happened in Paris ???
 

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Uh folks all the changes mean is that the Tier 1 event will see a point increase.

The women will still have to play a full schedule to challenge for the top
 

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Chris you are right! When I went back and read my post it appeared as though that system was being scrapped. The "NEW" 52" week system with emphasis being placed on the more important tournies should aid in correctly ranking the players.<br />Any system that ranks a player who does not perform during the most major and critical times is worthless. The slams, tier I's, and prominent tier II's should weigh more heavily in the rankings. Actually I would prefer, that a slam victory be a prerequisite to be #1.
 
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