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The number #1 ranking surely will be up for grabs!!! Either Capriati, Davenport or Venus could be the #1 following the Australian Open!!! If Capriati defends most of her AO points and does well at Sydney, she is a sure shot to be #1! If Davenport can at least maintain her points from last year, she may have a good shot at it!!! Venus, on the other hand, needs to win OZ to have a shot at #1, unless of course she decides to play a tournament before OZ!!!<br />My money is on Davenport!!! What do you guys think??
 

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Even if Capriatti defends she can't really gain...so I'm not really getting why u think she will regain #1 there. Maybe if she does really well at the warm-up events.

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Lindsay might lose the No. 1 ranking going into Melbourne, cuz she has more points to defend then Jenn at Sydney. Otherwise Lindsay could hold onto the ranking for a very long time. Jenn has very few opportunties to make up ground on Lindsay.

Lindsay has Scottsdale to defend, and then very few points from then on until the grass season. There might be a ranking change between AO and Ericsson, but Jenn will not regain No. 1 for very long.

Venus' chances for No. 1 are a bit iffy. Unless she plays some events between AO and Indian Wells, I don't see her as No. 1. Venus really needs to play more events in order to be No. 1, otherwise she'll just be moving backwards, with points coming off.
 

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If Venus plays adidas international (which is almost impossible) and OZ Open, and do well on both tournies, she has a good chance
 

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Jenn.

Lindsay will be lucky play OZ. And I doubt she'll be training in Navember and December. I expect she'll be busy healing.

Venus is just too far back.

Jenn is off her form, true, but not so far off she won't make the QF's of anything she enters. And if she makes the QF at OZ, Venus can't catch her.
 

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I dont think Lindsay will gain it after OZ. She will probably lose in the QF or SF at OZ. But she will get the #1 ranking back after she wins the Boise, Idaho Tier 3 tourney and the Boudreaux, Louisiana Tier 4..... <img src="graemlins/kiss.gif" border="0" alt="[Kiss]" />
 

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Unless Capriati repeats as Aussie champ AND starts winning other events-I'd say Davenport is the best bet as long as she's healthy.

To pick up the points needed Venus has to play events she didn't enter last year-like the Family Circle). Her best shot is the French, where a good result really shoots her or Davenport up and Capriati has a lot to defend.
 

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It is hard for Jen to be number 1... it's gonna be Lindsay. Lindsay got like 600 points less than Jennifer from the Austrialian Open and Davenport has more points than Capriati now. So unless Davenport plays badly, loses early AND Capriati wins the thing, will she gain ground on Lindsay to be number 1
 

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Venus will climb close to #2 and I think she and Serena are really gonna play a warm-up this year to OZ. I think Serena is gonna climb bigtime! In fact I am picking her to win OZ. Lindsay and Jennifer are going to go down in rankings this year imho. Also Venus will be #1 this year but probably after the French Open.
 

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I think Lindsay's best chance of Slam is always OZ. However, the knee injury does leave her participation (or at least her ability to be fully fit for the Aus Hardcourt season where she does have points to defend) in a precarious position.

Were it not for the injury I'd say Lindsay without a doubt, however Jen now comes fully back into the equation if she can get her head rid of all the irrelevancies that seemed to be her undoing latter part of the season.
 
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sk, Martina has an Oz final to defend.... she won in Sydney too.

I'm not the statistician amongst us, but I would imagine that Jen would have have a nightmare (not beyond the realms of possiblities), and Martina would not only have to start winning, but beating quality players to do it.
 

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It depends on a) whether Venus plays Sydney and b) whether Lindsay is fit enough to play the AO.<br />After Sydney, I'd expect Capriati to be #1 again. She's got 2nd round points to defend there; Lindsay has finalist points. If Venus plays and wins, then plays and does well at AO - at least as well as last year - she has a good shot at being #1 after AO, especially if she wins it and Capriati falls in, say, the QFs. If Davenport plays AO and is fit enough to reach at least SFs she'll be #1 after it (I don't see Jennifer defending). Depending on how well Jennifer and Venus do at AO, and whether Lindsay defends Tokyo the next week, there could be yet another change.<br />Anyway: I think Capriati will be #1 after Sydney, either Lindsay or Venus after AO, and any of the three after Tokyo.
 

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Well this is how its like. Lindsay will have to defend 178 points at Sydney, Capriati 36. So there, Capriati will probably regain the number 1 spot if she does well, by reaching at least the semis.

At the Austrialian Open, Venus has 400, Lindsay has 436 and Capriati has 1040 points to defend. Because Capriati will now be seeded 1/2, she will definitely lose points at the AO, no matter what as she defeated the number 1,2,4 players in the world last year while winning it. Furthermore, I don't think Capriati will defend her title, so she'll lose her rank her, dropping to 2, or even 3 if Venus reaches the final or wins it, Lindsay will be number 1 unless Venus wins the AO.

After that at Tokyo, Lindsay will have to defend 426. Depending on Venus, Capriati and her own performance at the AO, Lindsay could still be number 1, but it is very hard to predict here.

Take away all the points from this 3 tournaments and you'll have:

Lindsay: 3862<br />Capriati: 3816<br />Venus: 3728

It is a matter of a 100 points seperating, whomever does the best will be number 1!
 
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