After winning Wimbledon Serena Williams made some sarcastic comments when asked if she was disappointed not to be number one in the world.
She has won two grand slams this year and many regard her as the best female player on the tour but last weeks quarter final exit to little known Australian Samantha Stosur suggests otherwise.
It has been well documented that the Williams sisters only play the ‘big’ tournaments these days but I didn’t see the family name being engraved on the Bank of the West Classic trophy in Stanford, Califonia – not a massive event but the $700,000 prize fund was enough to attract the multiple time grand slam champions.
It was the world number 12 and former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli who took the spoils beating Venus in the final in three sets to claim her fifth WTA title.
While it’s clear they both bring their best form to grand slams I feel that if Serena wants to be number one, which she clearly thinks she should be, then maybe she should start bringing this type of form to all the other tournaments.
Dinara Safina currently occupies the number one spot and although she was dominated by Venus in the Wimbledon semi final I think she deserves to be there.
She has worked the hardest out of all the female players in recent times and has got the most rankings points as a result.
During the post Wimbledon press conference on July 4th Serena said: “I see myself as number two.
“I think Dinara did a great job getting to number one – she won Rome and Madrid,” which caused the room to erupt with laughter.
This is a funny comment but lets see what happened to Serena in the two tournaments she mentioned.
In Madrid Serena retired in the first round after losing the first set and in Rome she lost in the second round to Patty Schnyder.
Had Serena won these two events she would be number one in the world so perhaps the rankings aren’t so fickle after all.