Davenport must be licking her chops. Molik is the one woman who is an outside threat to her, but after all the dissapointments in big events of last year I dont see her letting an upstart spoil her chances.
Mauresmo will be out of the top 10 by the end of the year. I obviously should listen to my friends who say I, the rankings, and some experts highly overrate her. Then again some others dont, it was interesting to hear Shriver and Gilbert say she should not have been seeded #2. I wouldnt worry, I doubt she will defend her spring points and the no-chance slam champion threat will never have that inflated a ranking again. She is a very good player but not worthy of such a high ranking, and with all the up and comers, along with the regulars who can beat her, it would be shocking if she ever won a grand slam. By the way there is no shame losing 6-2, 6-2 to Serena, dissapointment for a top player, but not shame. However her effort level and apparent lack of any puncturing weapons against an elite caliber player, which has been on display before and I have been slow to catch onto is another matter.
That along with her past failure to take advantage of open draws, beat the best players even on truly off days, etc.....
Venus and Capriati will be joining Mauresmo in falling into the 11-20 bracket. It seems like Venus has delusions of her problems. She just claims she doesnt play her best and she is still the best player. Such is far from the truth. She has technical problems on both her forehand and second serve to be corrected, and if she doesnt hire a specialist to fix those, she will never be a slam threat again, and will regularly go out between 3rd round and quarters. Capriati has maxed out her potential, and we will see that when she returns.
Sharapova vs Serena, Davenport vs Molik, Davenport likely vs Sharapova or Serena. Should be exciting. Even with Venus losing, which isnt a big upset, considering Molik is a real up and comer, and Venus is more a second-tier top player now, the real cream has risen to the top providing some great matchups.