Among tennis' women, only chaos reigns No. 1

Updated: June 12, 2009, 2:30 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

Ever since Justine Henin retired last spring, the WTA has degenerated into a free-for-all, with every title up for grabs and the world No. 1 ranking dropping in value faster than the U.S. dollar at the start of the recent recession. The tour has featured all chiefs and no Indians, with the distinction between contender and pretender rendered meaningless by the way women (even those who have won major events) commute so brazenly between either identity.

It looked like the professional ...

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