October 30, 2012 by Tejmgas
While everyone complains about the recent footballing scandal surrounding referee Mark Clattenburg, it seems all other sports have been forgotten. England have a tour of India coming up, there is the return of the US Grand Prix to look forward to, Wiggins scooped the Velo d’Or award as best ride of 2012 etc etc.
But the sport I want to look at today is tennis and a question that has puzzled me for a while.
Who is the real women’s number 1?
Unlike the men’s standings (which has only seen 3 number 1’s over the past few years), it seems like the women’s standings are constantly changing. Sometimes its Sharapova at the top, sometimes Wozniacki, Stosur, Kvitova, even Jankovic (remember her).
Currently it is Azarenka but many people (including me) don’t think she is ‘the real’ number 1. She just doesn’t show the consistency or domination that we see from a Djokovic or a Federer.
Then who should be number 1?
There are many contenders, as is the huge depth of talent in women’s tennis but I think the true number one has to be Serena Williams.
After coming back from a horrific injury it didn’t seem like she was back to her best, losing in the earlier rounds of tournaments to lower ranked opponents. However, in 2012 she has totally dominated, winning 7 titles (including 2 grand slams) as well as the WTA Championships and an olympic gold medal. She boasts a season record of 58-4, a 93.55% win rate which is phenomenal.
But what truly makes her ‘the real’ number 1 is her ability to beat highly ranked players over and over again. In 2012, she has a 5-0 record against Azarenka as well as a 3-0 record against Sharapova.
If that doesn’t scream number 1 then I don’t know what does.
While she may not end the season as number 1 (instead at number 3) it is only a matter of time before Azarenka is dethroned and Serena takes her rightful place at the top of the pile.