Rankings debate getting old


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is tired. Tired as another long year stutters towards its climax and
tired of wading into a debate that has been running in women's tennis for much
of the past decade.

another WTA season drew to a close yesterday, little appeared to have changed when Caroline Wozniacki was beaten in the final in Doha despite having secured the end-of-year
world number ranking without having won a major title.

like Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic before her, the blame apparently lies at
Wozniacki's feet, an argument TL finds a little harsh to be honest.

all, why should Wozniacki be blamed for the vagaries of the ranking system? It is her fault that she has played more tournaments than her rivals?

is a big Kim Clijsters fan and has been since being taken at a young age to see
her compete in the mixed doubles final at Wimbledon
way back in 2000.

it occurred to TL last night that those same people who are now claiming how
much better Clijsters is than Wozniacki, and how she, or Serena Williams,
deserve to be number one, have conveniently forgotten that when the Belgian was
number one back in 2003, she too was yet to win a Grand Slam title. In fact,
she'd already lost in three Slam finals and would take another two years before
picking up the first of her three (to date) US Open titles.

with that TL is done on the matter. For a run through of all the women's world
number one players since rankings began 20 years ago, have a look at the handy
video recap below.


Federer is a genius. There, Tramlines has said it.

He is especially good at trick shots, with his between-the-legs shot
becoming almost a regular occurrence on the ATP Tour these days.

so, any time anyone else tries to imitate the current world number two, it
probably isn't going to turn out all that well. As one hapless friend of Pat
Rafter's found out this weekend.

former world number one and two-times US Open champion was attempting to
recreate Federer's recent video where he knocked an aluminium can off someone's
head with a millimetre-perfect serve. But it didn't exactly go according to

happened when Rafter tried it? Well watch the video below to find out.



final women's rankings of the year sees WTA champion Kim Clijsters move one
spot higher into third, pushing injured Serena Williams down into fourth. Caroline
Wozniacki and Vera Zvonareva retain the top two spots respectively.

Stosur moves back up into sixth after her run to the semi-finals in Doha, leapfrogging French
Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the only other change to the women's

not much change over on the men's tour either with the top 13 all remaining
exactly the same as last week.

Monfils moves up a spot to 14th after his win in Montpellier, with Marin Cilic dropping down
into 15th.

down the rankings, young Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin jumps a whopping 30 places up
to 58th after winning his maiden title by beating Mikhail Youzhny in St Petersburg.



Winner: "Remember
He-man is the strongest man in the universe, but superman has way more powers.
Who would win in a arm wrestle. He-man or superman??" - Serena Williams tackles one of life's
biggest questions as she continues her recovery from a foot injury.

Runner-up: "Just ordered some wheat toast from room service to
which the response was......... " do you want it toasted?......"
- Andy Roddick highlights the perils
of room service whilst travelling the world. It's a tough life, Andy.

Wooden spoon: "People
in front of me on the toll bridge just payed for me and I have no idea who they
are. Thats gotta be a good sign." - Nope, Tramlines hasn't a clue
who Devin Britton is either.



is nothing Tramlines enjoys more than researching this section of the blog to
bring loyal readers an update on one of the world's toughest battles.

so, TL's head dropped a little this week when it discovered that Alex
Bogdanovic is still out of action as he continues to battle a back injury.

competition is turning into a bit of a rout now due to A-Bog (GB)'s absence
although to be fair to Alex Bogomolov Jr, he did enjoy a solid week in Seoul by
beating Somdev Devvarman (102 places higher than him) to reach the
quarter-finals before eventually losing to world number 39 Lu Yen-Hsun. No
shame in that.

A-Bog (US)
18-11 A-Bog (GB)



all about the men now after the women's season drew to close in Doha yesterday. The men
still have a couple of weeks to go though and are gearing up for one last push
in their bid to qualify for the World Tour Finals in London at the end of the month.

such there are strong line-ups in both Valencia
(Andy Murray, Robin Soderling, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer) and Basel (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Tomas Berdych and
Andy Roddick) before the penultimate Masters tournament in Paris next week.

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