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Some on this board seem to defend the ranking system to no end saying it's "consistency" and a 52 week average but here's a scenerio of when would you say it's really wrong or screwed up?

1. If and I'm just using Jen but it could be anyone male or female but anyways won all 4 slams in a year but no other title but had a rest of a year comparable to Jen a bad loss in Rome and Sydney but pretty consistent the rest of the year but lost out on the #1 ranking to someone who had a year like Lindsay did this year?

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2. Say a year like Jen's but won 2 slams and say she lost at Wimbledon in the finals not to Henin in the semis and lost out on number 1 to someone with an exact same year that Lindsay had?
 

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Neither situaion is that far out. Lindsay had the most wins on the tour. Jenn won 2 GS titles and made the semis of the other two. They are both defensible #1's.

Here's out of whack. A player enters a LOT of tournaments. 24, 25, 26. She only wins one tournament, a Tier II all year. But she makes LOTS of finals. 2 GS finals. 1 GS semi, 1 GS QF, 6 Tier I finals, 7 Tier II's finals. Sure she has a lot of bad losses too, but they don't countm because she plays so much.

If someone managed to get to #1 under THAT scenario, I'd start thinking the system needed changing.

The fact that, in the last couple years, two different players have made it into the top ten without winning a tournament just de-values the top ten.
 

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I'm not comparing what happened to those situations, I'm saying do you think those 2 are out of whack?
 

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You can tinker with the rankings system as much as you like, but the bottom line is that the rules are laid out for all to see at the start of the year.

The players know that the player with the most points gets the #1 ranking. The players also know what they have to do to earn those points. It just so happens that, this year, Lindsay Davenport achieved what no other player could - she got the most points.
 

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In neither situation is the ranking system "out of whack"! She who is #1 at the end of the year is #1!

If there was anything unfair in ranking system, e.g. if a tier I awarded more points than a grand slam.. than obviously that's "out of whack". But obviously it doesn't.

Winning grand slams do not mean you are #1. Remember the ranking system takes into account the entire year considering many many tournaments performed over a period of 11 months! Not just 4 tournaments over 8 weeks.

Have you like checked the ATP ranking system lately? Goran Ivanisevic (Wimbledon champion) is NOT even in the top ten! <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 
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