Even though the Russian has not yet won her 1st Grand Slam singles title! Serena Willams is the world No.2 and currently holds 3 of the 4 Grand Slam singles titles. For Serena not to be No.1 is an insult to the place that the Grand Slam events deserve in the game and makes no sense to even those who only hold a small interest in tennis. It plainly should not be possible.
By no means is this Safina’s fault, she has obviously performed better than everyone at all of the other events over the past 12 months. Just in terms of how the rankings work it should be mathematically impossible for this situation to occur especially seeing that Serena has played 17 events just 2 fewer than Safina.
You cannot do any better in terms of dominating the major tennis titles other than to hold all 4. Serena went as far as the semi-finals at Roland Garros earlier in June 2009 at the only Slam she did not win.
Only 5 women in the history of tennis have held all 4 titles at once. The 3 Grand Slam (winning four majors in one calendar year) winners have been Maureen Connolly Brinker in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970 and Steffi Graf in 1988. Martina Navratilova won 6 in a row in 1983 to 1984 and Serena Williams held 4 in 2002 to 2003. So even for Serena holding 3 at once is a rare achievement.
The WTA tour needs to rectify this and now. Watch this space for the easiest and quickest solution to this problem.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Anastasia Myskina. Myskina was born on this day in 1981 and won her Grand Slam singles title in 2004 at Roland Garros. Her highest ranking of No.2 was first achieved on September 13, 2004.
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