THE TIMES’ RANKINGS
LISA DILLMAN’S TENNIS RANKINGS AND COMMENTS
*--* Rank Player Comment 1 SERENA WILLIAMS Anniversary of “the great turnaround” against Venus coming up in Miami 2 VENUS WILLIAMS Eighteen months and counting since last victory against younger sister Serena 3 KIM CLIJSTERS Trophy watch: Better a black whale than a white elephant 4 LINDSAY DAVENPORT Newfound positive attitude vs. Capriati vanished about 37 hours later 5 AMELIE MAURESMO One of many players to fall to the West Indian Wells virus 6 JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE Slump hit low point with second-round loss to Smashnova last year in Miami 7 JENNIFER CAPRIATI Inspired late-night semifinal vs. Davenport best women’s match at Indian Wells 8 DANIELA HANTUCHOVA Indian Wells repeat performance halted by wee one, Coetzer 9 MONICA SELES 2002: Lost to Capriati in Miami after holding two match points. 2003: Question mark 10 CONCHITA MARTINEZ Guess who’s back? Did she find a fountain of youth somewhere in Palm Springs? MEN Rank Player Comment 1 LLEYTON HEWITT Settling in for long-term ownership of No. 1, ripping up rental agreement 2 ANDRE AGASSI Indian Wells turned into a flat tire after his injury withdrawal 3 GUSTAVO KUERTEN In search of charisma and passion? Call 1 (800) TRY-GUGA 4 RAINER SCHUETTLER Starting to show that Melbourne wasn’t a one-off result 5 ANDY RODDICK Would be interesting to see him play Schuettler at full strength someday 6 YOUNES EL AYNAOUI Rivalry vs. Hewitt producing most dramatic matches in 2003 7 ROGER FEDERER Relinquished title of hottest player on tour to Hewitt. Over and out vs. Kuerten 8 JUAN CARLOS FERRERO Thanks to him, the world got to know about Brian Vahaly 9 MARAT SAFIN Indian Wells trip -- exploding sneaker, exploding stomach, exploding psyche 10 AMERICANS Would Taylor Dent/Mardy Fish have fared better than Mario Ancic at Indian Wells?