Monday, October 6, 2008

Driving the point home?

Well, what do you think?

Jelena Jankovic is back at number one after winning her second title in as many weeks, this time at Stuttgart. Not only did she get the top spot back and a nice check, but she also got a new Porsche to boot!

I'm kind of torn, though, on who should be number one: I thought once Serena Williams won the U.S. Open, then it was a wrap. She also made the finals at Wimbledon and won Miami, plus picked up a nice-sized clay-court title. I mean, what else do you want out of your top player?

But look at what Jankovic has done: She made the finals at the U.S. Open, the semis of the French and the Aussie, and has won three titles overall.

I guess if you were to break it down, her accomplishments aren't as big as Williams', but what she has going for her is that she's out there every week racking up points.

If she keeps playing over the next few weeks while Williams is semi-idle, she'll only strengthen her hold on the top spot. I remember when she first got to one, almost everyone (here included) was calling her the most undeserving number one in history! I don't think that's the case right now, but I'm still pretty confused about it.

Again, what do you think?

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TopSpin said...

She's a deserving #1 no doubt; as you say, she performs consistently week in week out. That said I think Serena Williams and Sharapova are the higher calibre players and in my book at least, worthier of the number one ranking.

Naf said...

I'm impressed with Jankovic, and I think eventually, she'll win her Slams. I'm not sure she deserved to be number one either, and she's not the most undeserving number one either. I think that's Martina Hingis, in those two years she held it just by playing everything.

van said...

• Hey Topspin. Yeah, all of her court time is paying off for her, but there are a few players better than her, such as the ones you mention.

• Hey Naf, what's up? I hear ya: Those were the years she was losing every time she played the "big babes," right? At least Jelena's winning against every one.

Vava said...

I don't pretend to understand the points system, but it does seem strange to a casual observer that a #1 without a Grand Slam is a bit of a hollow title.

van said...

Hey Vava. Yeah, it is kind of odd, but she just won another tournament this weekend! I guess if she just keeps playing and keeps winning, the points will just continue to stack up. It will be kind of weird to see her clinching the number-one spot for the year without a major.