I am just curious why you guys think a player who has not reached a slam final in 6 years, is 99% likely to never win a grand slam, and 80% likely never to reach another slam final; continuosly only gets a few games from Venus and Serena when they play their best(even other top players were more respectable most of the time than she against them);
regularly loses to Henin, Clijsters, Davenport, and other top players when they are in even reasonable form; has so much praise and recognition in general, and as far as her chances in major events. Furthermore she lost twice to Dementieva in slam quarters last year, when her draw was wide open to a final or win. She failed to reach a slam final last year in what was generally considered a crapshoot year for womens tennis. Opportunities were huge vacancies last year and she didnt come through even with that to face. She also failed to beat an extremely sluggish Serena in the Wimbledon semis last year, and a horrendously off-form Venus in the 2001 U.S Open semis. So she can usually loses to top players, in grand slams the true measuring events of a players ability, even when they are playing their worst and she is playing in peak form.
The only two things I praise her for are her record in tier 1 and tier 2 clay court events, very strong; and her record against Capriati, very impressive. Other than that she is very second tierish, which is nothing to be ashamed of, just not worthy of the hype and recognition she seems to receive, especially from the crazed French press. With Sharapova, Kuznetsova, Dementieva, and even Zvonareva only getting better and better in the near future to go along with the Americans and Belgians that have surpassed her for years I dont see her staying in the top 5 for long, but she might stay in the top 10. The best days of her inflated career are past I predict. Her diamond raquet she recently won will be her best career souvenir.