March 29, 2009 - TENNIS TOP TEN

This week...there were no dramatic changes in the rankings, despite all the action in Indian Wells' BNP Paribas Open. Winning the title further cemented Rafael Nadal's number 1 position, with seminfinalist Roger Federer trailing at number 2. While everyone is talking about the existence of a "Big 4" in men's tennis, Nadal and Federer's rankings points indicate that there are otherwise only 2 who are in a league of their own, with at least almost 200 points lead over the other guys.

Serena Williams continues to front the women in the rankings. Interesting enough, none of the 5 women in the top ten made a good showing in Indian Wells -- Serena and Venus Williams continued to snub the event, Dinara Safina lost in the quarters, Jelena Jankovic in the 2nd round, and Elena Dementieva in the 1st round.

Just around the corner is the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, supposedly the "fifth Grand Slam." With a stronger field of participating players, it is poised to shake up the Tennis Top Ten next week.


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1

RAFAEL NADAL

798

2

ROGER FEDERER

574

3

SERENA WILLIAMS

393

4

NOVAK DJOKOVIC

382

5

ANDY MURRAY

357

6

VENUS WILLIAMS*

325

7

DINARA SAFINA

320

8

JELENA JANKOVIC

266

9

ELENA DEMENTIEVA

243

10NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO**

215




Points are accumulated average per tournament, and adjusted to parallel Men's and Women's points

* least number of tournaments played
** most number of tournaments played

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