Four WTA players have a chance of being ranked No.1 after the 2009 Australian Open.
Current No.1 and top seed at the Australian Open, Jelena Jankovic, is defending 900 points, having reached the semifinals last year. World No.2 Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals in 2008, and is hence defending 500 points. Dinara Safina, currently ranked third in the world, is defending only 4 points this year, as last year she lost in the first round. And finally, world No.4 Elena Dementieva is defending 280 points, having lost in the fourth round last year.
The winner of the 2009 Australian Open will receive 2000 points. The top four ranking positions are very close and here are some ranking projections:
- If Jelena Jankovic wins, she will remain No.1 regardless.
- If Dinara Safina wins, she will become No.1, regardless.
- If Serena Williams wins, she will become No.1 IF… she does not play Jankovic in the finals.
- If Elena Dementieva wins, she will become No.1 IF … she does not play Jankovic in the finals.
Moreover, with Jankovic winning her first round match at the Australian Open, Safina would need to reach AT LEAST the semifinals, while Serena Williams and Dementieva would need to reach the finals in order to have a chance to become the No.1 in the world. (photos: Ralf Reinecke)