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Number One Or A Slam?

by sam (U13856375) 07 October 2010
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Both are big achievements in tennis.... but which is the "best"?

Caroline Wozniacki is the new number one but without a slam title to her name some seem to be dismissing her achievement. Is this fair? Points dont lie. Over the last year she has been the most consistant.

Its good to have both but why such upset to have one without the other? There is no surprize when a player who is not number one wins a slam.

In the womens game there is less difference between slams and other events as all are played over 3 sets. In fact some say slams may be a little easier as the players get a day of rest between each match.

I believe Wozniacki has done extreemly well to be consistant enough to get to number one at such a young age. Look forward to the next time she plays the world number two. Although she lost the only two matches she has played against Serena Williams the last match was close and in the first it looks like someone retired.

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comment by sam (U13856375)

posted Oct 8, 2010

To suggest that there is little difference between slam and other tournament is rather absurd!

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Not sure if that comment was aimed at me but I will respond anyway...

Didn't say there was "little difference" between slams and other events just that for women there was less difference. Of course 7 rounds, with all the top players and most of all the extra pressure will always make it more difficult. For the men playing 5 sets a slam is a whole different thing.... not many players can beat Nadal or Federer over 5 sets.

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comment by MTF (U14113301)

posted Oct 8, 2010

"This anology for some reason came to mind.
Number One/Slam Title v Course Work/Final Exam"

GREAT analogy, VMP!

I personally think that being recognised as the best in the world at any sport is a huge achievement. That said, I also think we can get carried away with the rankings system in tennis. It's important because it stops the best players bumping into each other too early on in tournaments but, beyond that, I believe most players tend to look at their trophy haul more than their ranking. I always feel a tad sorry for players who get tagged with the "highest ranked player who hasn't won a title yet" label. I think this currently might be Dominika Cibulkova, or if not right now it's definitely an ominous distinction she's been awarded in the past. Last year she reached the Semis at the FO and reached no.12 in the world, so knocking on the door of the top-10. Yet every article couldn't resist mentioning how she was yet to win any WTA title.

Ranking is important... but getting that first title is a monkey all players are keen to get off their back. I imagine being a no.1-ranked player without a GS title is little different from the way a top-20 player without any title feels. But I honestly don't imagine Wozniaki is concerned at this stage -- perhaps Safina and Jankovic but not C-Woz as she's still so young and improving every tournament. If she's still slamless in 3 years' time, I'm sure the gremlins will begin to creep into her mind but right now she's just enjoying the moment, which she fully deserves.

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comment by Gimi (U14406911)

posted Oct 8, 2010

In the womens game there is less difference between slams and other events as all are played over 3 sets. In fact some say slams may be a little easier as the players get a day of rest between each match.
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Grandslam (especially Wim)is the best tennis tournament that every player dreams to win it. In Soccer, playing for caring cup and European champions (or world cup) league should then be same too, cos the playing time is the same.

If it was the same, why did players like Dinara, Zvonareva melt down in the finals of Grnad slams?

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posted Oct 8, 2010

If it was the same, why did players like Dinara, Zvonareva melt down in the finals of Grnad slams?
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Mental. The rules of tennis are the same. The players are the same. Its still 3 set matches.

But in media and some fans minds, slams are the be all, end all important tournaments and the prize money and ranking points are rather good!

Why do sometimes good footie team perform poorly in a FA cup or a World cup final. It happens in sport. Its not unique to womens tennis.

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posted Oct 8, 2010

Slam over number 1 imo!

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posted Oct 8, 2010

Saying that Major Women's Singles tournaments are easier than WTA Tournaments because the players have days off between matches is invalid, because it's the same for both players in each match.

In fact, there's always one round in a Major before which all or half the remaining women don't get a day off, since the Women's Singles final is always on a Saturday. At Wimbledon, it's the quarter-finals for all competitors. At the Australian and French Opens, it's the semi-finals for that half of the draw for which the quarter-finals are played on the second Wednesday. At the US Open, it's the final for both finalists.

The bottom line is that the Majors are the most difficult and prestigious four tournaments on the tennis-calendar for both genders, because everyone wants to win them so much, and all the top players will stop at nothing in their attempts to do so (barring certain French Open Men's Singles champions who don't bother showing up for Wimbledon).

The rankings are just numbers. Reaching the number-one ranking can never match the thrill of holding aloft a Major trophy.

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comment by bobito (U14150246)

posted Oct 9, 2010

"This is complete and utter BS. To become #1, you need to win best of 3 set tournaments against the best players in the world."

Really? You might want to check because I believe Miss Wozniacki has managed it without doing this. She hasn't beaten a top 5 player in a year and a half. Her wins have all come either at small tournaments with no other top players in the draw or when the likes of Serena, Justine and Kim have been injured.

It is worth noting that Wozniacki’s tally of 6930 ranking points is dwarfed by the 9610 Dinara Safina compiled to become number 1 or the 9076 Serena Williams had at the end of last year.

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posted Oct 9, 2010

Do you really expect people to agree with Wozniacki's ranking?

If by some fluke chance, Andy Murray gets to no 1 ranking by winning all masters event and no slams, do you truly believe he is the world number 1?

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posted Oct 10, 2010

It could be some players save themselves for the slams and dont give as much attention to other tournaments .
That way they lower injury possibilities etc.
Sometimes I feel they dont give their best at lesser events.
Points awarded for winning all events are fair and open to all under same circumstances.
Beating team Williams is not an easy task , usually one may beat one but not both in any given tournament.
Young players also need money and dont have a cushion of earnings or endorsements to buffer them.

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posted Oct 19, 2010

Winning a slam is totally different from the other tournaments. The slams always have the best available players playing. Plus knowing the world is watching plus arenas are much bigger and crowded adds pressure. Being number one is good but winning a glam slam add status forever!

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