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Serena Williams the real No. 1 player

Updated: October 29, 2012, 3:05 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

For the third year in a row, the WTA year-end No. 1 ranking deserves a giant asterisk.

In 2010 and 2011, Caroline Wozniacki, who has refined the concept of the "one-Slam wonder" into the "no-slam wonder," was the mathematical and statistical No. 1 according to the WTA's system. However -- because of her relatively poor performances in the most important events, the four Grand Slams -- she clearly was not the best player in the world.

This year, Victoria Azarenka finished No. 1, ...

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