October 22, 2009

Serena relinquishes #1 ranking on Monday

You may be asking, "what in the world is going on?" The #1 ranking seems like that fruitcake that gets passed around during Christmas, it looks nice but no one really wants it. Let me explain why Serena will lose her current #1 ranking. As you may or may not know, Serena has a 5 point ranking lead over Dinara Safina. As of Monday, October 26th, the points earned during the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships will be removed from the ranking total.

So what happened during last year's Championships? Here goes:

During last year's season ending Championships, Dinara lost each of her three matches. She was defeated by Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-4, beaten by Venus Williams 7-5, 6-3 and blitzed by Serena Williams 6-4, 6-1. Even with these losses (and not one win during the entire SEC), Dinara gained 210 WTA Ranking Points. On the other hand, Serena defeated Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-1 but lost to Venus Williams in Round 1 5-7, 6-1, 6-0. Serena gained 370 points towards her WTA Ranking.

So there you have it. Serena has a larger point total being removed from her WTA ranking as of Monday, which allows Safina to regain the #1 ranking. That being said, the race to end the year at #1 is still very close and very much alive. Depending on the other's performance, we might see yet another change in the #1 ranking. Will Safina get comfortable in the WTA Penthouse or will Serena evict her?

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