- ATP World Tour Finals 2014: Samuel L Jackson and Roger Federer back charity launch event
- Photos: Eugenie Bouchard all smiles for beach photoshoot
- Nadal v Ronaldo! Tennis star accepts football legend’s poker challenge
- Andy Murray says ‘Yes’ to Scottish independence
- Davis Cup 2014: Can Federer and Wawrinka finally win the elusive title?
- Photos: Rafael Nadal trains until dusk on road to recovery from wrist injury
Serena Williams should be world number one
Another blockbuster performance from Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon on Saturday ensured that the American now holds three of the four Grand slams.
This achievement should suggest that Williams would be ranked world number one.
However, remarkably this is not the case, with Dinara Safina beaten by Serena’s sister and Wimbledon runner-up Venus Williams (6-1 6-0), currently occupying the top spot in women’s tennis.
The Russian has enjoyed a promising year, gaining titles such as the Rome and Madrid Masters. She has also reached the finals of the Australian and French Open in 2009, but still does not currently possess any of the four majors.
Compare this to the dominant Serena Williams, current champion of Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open, it highlights the current absurdity in the ranking system of the Women’s Tennis Tour (WTA).
The ranking system currently favours the player who is the most consistent throughout the tennis calendar. Hence Safina who has won after appearing in four tournament finals on the WTA, claiming two victories and reaching two Grand Slam finals.
These statistics indeed concur with WTA chief, Larry King, that this is the fairest system and readily accepted by all those in the locker room.
“The ranking system is designed sort of around king or queen of the hill – who is the strongest, most consistent performer over the year,” he said.
“While I know it does stir debate, the one place it doesn’t stir a debate is in the locker room. The players believe in that ranking system.”
This could be an exaggerated claim as Serena Williams clearly doesn’t agree that the current system reflect who is the leading woman’s tennis player.
After destroying her older sister Venus in the Wimbledon ladies final yesterday, she still sat at World number 2, currently over 1,000 points behind the Russian, Safina.
Williams who was in jovel mood on the back of claiming her 3rd Wimbledon crown. Speaking to the media she joked about the absurdity of the rankings system.
When asked how much of a motivation was reclaiming the number 1 spot in women’s tennis for her, she candidly replied:
“You know, I’m not super motivated. I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles maybe you should be number, but not on the WTA Tour obviously…’
AmidÃ‚Â chuckles from Williams and laughter from the media present she further added: “You know, my motivation is maybe just to win another Grand Slam and stay number two, I guess…”
Williams, who has completed a career Grand slams, enjoying the attention from the onlooking journalists went on to take another swipe at Dinara Safina, ironically saying:
“I see myself as number. That’s where I am.Ã‚Â I think Dinara did a great job to get to number one. She won Rome and Madrid…”
It’s not the first time she has raised her concerns about the equality of the system. In March she daringly declared herself as the top women’s player on the WTA circuit.
One could see this as arrogance on the part of Serena Williams but surely she does have a valid point. The grand slams are the main events of the tennis year. Surely the should be waited as such.
It’s all very well playing consistently throughout the year, picking up Sony Ericsson WTA titles. The titles all tennis players want are the Grand Slams.
Ask any tennis fan who won the Madrid or Rome masters, and it will be highly unlikely they’ll know. But everyone knows who won Wimbledon.
So I offer my congratulation to Serena Williams, the unofficial women’s World Number one.◀ The Sport Review homepageNext story ►
Read more on...
Heather Watson aims to get her 2014 season back on track in China8 hours ago Tennis
Nadal v Ronaldo! Tennis star accepts football legend’s poker challenge16 hours ago Tennis
Andy Murray says ‘Yes’ to Scottish independence17 hours ago Tennis
ATP World Tour Finals 2014: Samuel L Jackson and Roger Federer back charity launch event1 day ago Tennis
Photos: Eugenie Bouchard all smiles for beach photoshoot2 days ago Tennis
Davis Cup 2014: Can Federer and Wawrinka finally win the elusive title?4 days ago Tennis
Andy Murray receives Shenzhen Open and China Open wildcards7 days ago Tennis
WTA Finals 2014: Maria Sharapova qualifies for Singapore1 week ago Tennis
ATP World Tour Finals 2014: Marin Cilic win fuels ticket demand1 week ago Tennis
Photos: Rafael Nadal trains until dusk on road to recovery from wrist injury1 week ago Tennis
US Open 2014: Marin Cilic rides new-found joy in tennis to first Major1 week ago Tennis
Photos: Serena Williams parties with Caroline Wozniacki after US Open win2 weeks ago Tennis
Photo: Novak Djokovic vows to come back stronger after US Open loss2 weeks ago Tennis
US Open 2014: Serena Williams roars past Caroline Wozniacki to ‘No18 Club’2 weeks ago Tennis
Photo: Czech Republic ace Tomas Berdych relishing Davis Cup semi-final2 weeks ago Tennis
Liverpool star leads Twitter tributes as Nishikori & Cilic reach US Open final2 weeks ago Tennis
US Open 2014: Roger Federer makes no excuses after Marin Cilic loss2 weeks ago Tennis
US Open 2014: Djokovic ‘nowhere near best’ against Nishikori2 weeks ago Tennis
US Open 2014: Roger Federer reflects on ‘very special’ last-eight win2 weeks ago Tennis
Photo: Rafael Nadal vows to return to action as soon as possible2 weeks ago Tennis