2005 Year-End Ranking Predictions


 
January 6, 2005

ATP 2005 YEAR-END RANKING PREDICTIONS

RANK PLAYER THE SKINNY
1.
Roger Federer Only questions will be by how much and if he will win all four.
2.
Lleyton Hewitt

Former two-time World No. 1 got his game back in 2004, and arguably only Federer kept him from another top finish.

3.
Marat Safin Is there anyone more mercurial among the Top 10 than this Russian? A solid Masters Cup effort should carryover into a more complete season in the new year.
4.
Andy Roddick New coach Dean Goldfine has never coached a Slam champion, and he'll likely end 2005 with that same mark.
5.
Guillermo Coria All eyes will be on "El Fragile" to see if he has fully recovered from his French Open flop. Time will tell...
6.
Carlos Moya With Ferrero playing mental catch-up, King Carlos is the new leader of the Armada.
7.
David Nalbandian A tough off season and a poor 2004 campaign should provide enough motivation for the guy with the best shot at beating Federer.
8.
Juan Carlos Ferrero Should rebound from an awful 2004 season and an embarrassing Davis Cup finale in which he was asked to sit on the sidelines. If that doesn't provide him with a motivational fire nothing will.
9.
Tim Henman Guess what? The serve-volley routine still works, but it isn't going to surprise anyone on the clay anymore.
10.
Rafael Nadal His heroic Davis Cup effort should spark "The Prodigy" to his first of many Top 10 finishes.
     

WTA TOUR 2004 YEAR-END RANKING PREDICTIONS

RANK PLAYER THE SKINNY
1.
Serena Williams A full, healthy season should put this actress back on top.
2.
Justine Henin Health is again the key for the former No. 1, and a good second half of the year will lift the Belgian into contention for the top spot.
3.
Anastasia Myskina With the fab four of Serena, Venus, Kim and Justine still uncertain after 2004 injuries, this screaming Russian is probably the best of the remaining bunch.
4.
Amelie Mauresmo Will it ever happen for the talented Frenchwoman? After 2004, it doesn't look good.
5.
Maria Sharapova Probably won't repeat her Wimbledon and year-end Championships efforts, but the Russian starlet figures only improve overall.
6.
Lindsay Davenport With the top players absent, the veteran American stepped up and took charge in 2004. Unfortunately, they should be back in 2005.
7.
Elena Dementieva Her horrible second serve should continue to drive opponents batty. Just don't change it!
8.
Svetlana Kuznetsova Navratilova teachings paid off big time in 2004 with a shocking US Open crown. The improvements should continue.
9.
Kim Clijsters Jury is out until she actually plays with a fully healed wrist, which will be...???
10.
Jennifer Capriati A couple solid wins over Serena in 2004 shows Jen-Jen still has the ability to make some noise. Let's hope it sounds good.


2005 GRAND SLAM PREDICTIONS

Australian Open
Roger Federer defeats Lleyton Hewitt
Anastasia Myskina defeats Serena Williams
French Open
Guillermo Coria defeats Carlos Moya
Justine Henin defeats Anastasia Myskina
Wimbledon
Roger Federer defeats Andy Roddick
Serena Williams defeats Justine Henin
US Open
Marat Safin defeats Roger Federer
Serena Williams defeats Justine Henin

 





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