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Newz Forum: OTHER: TENNIS: Serena is ranked # 1 for Wimbledon

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Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 09:27 PM
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Serena Williams will be seeded No. 1 for Wimbledon, despite being ranked only 10th in the world. The two-time defending champion received a big break in the seedings announced Wednesday by the All England Club, which took into account her previous record and prowess on grass.
 

Venus Williams, who lost to her sister in the last two Wimbledon finals and is ranked eighth, also got a break when she was seeded No. 3.

Thursday's draw will determine whether the Williams sisters could meet for a third straight year in the final.

Russia's Anastasia Myskina, the French Open champion who is ranked No. 3, is seeded second for Wimbledon, which begins Monday.

The women's field is wide open after last week's withdrawals of top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne and No. 2 Kim Clijsters -- Henin-Hardenne with a viral illness and Clijsters with a wrist injury.

Amelie Mauresmo is seeded No. 4, followed by Lindsay Davenport, French Open runner-up Elena Dementieva and Jennifer Capriati.

The seedings were more straightforward for the men, with the top four following the rankings.

Defending champion and top-ranked Roger Federer is No. 1, followed by Andy Roddick. Guillermo Coria, who lost in the French Open final, is No. 3, with 2002 Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian at No. 4.

Britain's Tim Henman was bumped up from sixth in the rankings to No. 5 in the seedings. Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero dropped from fifth to sixth.

Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, was seeded at No. 7 _ three places above his ranking.

The Williams sisters, who have faced each other in six Grand Slam finals, both lost in the quarterfinals of the French Open and have slipped steadily in the rankings. Last week, Serena was No. 11, out of the top 10 for the first time in five years.

During one stretch, the sisters won eight of 11 Grand Slam tournaments. But Venus last won a Slam in 2001, and Serena hasn't been in a major final since last year's Wimbledon.

Serena had surgery on her left knee Aug. 1, and didn't return to the tour until March. Venus lost six months to a torn abdominal muscle, won consecutive tournaments in April and May, then hurt her left ankle at the German Open in May.

[Edited on 6/16/2004 by Ben]



Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 09:29 PM
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How in the world can Serena get a number 1 ranking at the most presguious tournament in the world, when she hasnt played that much at all and is ranked number 10 in the world? there are far better players than her, she is horrible lately she doesnt even deserve to be ranked in the top 10 or even 20.



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 09:41 PM
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I remember in other years there being a controversy in the seedings for Wimbledon. seems those Brits don't pay too close attention to the world rankings.


I think that they consider the playing surface, and some players are better on some surfaces than others, even though thier current rankings don't reflect such.


Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 09:42 PM
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even so, has serena done that well im wimbledon



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:00 PM
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2 time defending champion should make the seeding somewhat legitimate, I'd think.


Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:08 PM
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but her surgires dont you have to count that into effect, and how much playing time she has had over the year



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:19 PM
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Talk to the Brits on that one, but i guess they figure her playing style is going to make up for the surgeries?


Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:21 PM
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look at how she did in france, that was a poor performace.



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:22 PM
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I think they should just do it by the world rankings. That way nobody lucks out and gets off easy, or gets screwed. The people who make those rankings are hardcore staticians, they have it right. Don't go playing with it



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:34 PM
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Yeah, but that's Tennis, they should take the surface into account, the ball bounces much differently on each.


Ben

posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:36 PM
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but you are ranked in the world on your peformance and you should be rewarded for your hard work at the top tourneys



posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 10:44 PM
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Yeah, I understand your point, but the arguement is that a clay court specialist won't be expected to do well on grass.

Just look at Pete Sampras. undeniably one of the best all-time players. But never won at the French Open. Because that's clay, and he was a grass man.

Dude.


TRD

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 02:36 PM
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I agree, they get the rankings right each year. If you look at wimbledon over the past 5 years she is the best player. Maybe they should incorporate current world rankings into it somehow. Like just a shift of 1 or 2 places depending on their ranking on the world scene for the year.


Ben

posted on Jun, 17 2004 @ 11:00 PM
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i konw exactly waht your saying gibbs, im a tennis player and i know how it varies from each surface, but you ahve to count into other factors before you jump and say she is number 1.



posted on Jun, 18 2004 @ 06:19 PM
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but she still is the defending champ, until someone knocks her off.




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