JJ got #1 in August winning ONE tournament in the prior 12 months and no slam final appearances. Safina has won 4 tournaments (3 tier-1s), Olympic final, and 2 slam finals appearances in the last 12 months. Safina also had 12 or so victories over top 10 players in the last year. Safina is going to get bashed and has been a few times when she had chances to get #1. JJ got special bashing not just for being #1, but for being arguably the weakest year-end #1 ever. That was quite deserved as she only had one slam final and when you list the year-end #1's, her name sticks out like a sore thumb (i.e. Evert, Navratilova, Graf, Seles, Hingis, Davenport, Serena, Henin, Jankovic). JJ is only the 3rd woman to ever get #1 without winning a major first (though Clijsters and Mauresmo eventually won majors) and Safina will be the 4th. Now that clay season has begun, Safina has very little room to add points. She won Berlin and made the FO finals. I guess she could play Rome and advance further at Wimbledon (she's never been past the 3rd round there), but her Olympic points fall off this year and she has to defend Los Angeles, Montreal and Tokyo. How she lost to Tanasugarn at a grass tourney final boggles the mind. Basically, I don't see Safina holding #1 for long. Hope she proves me wrong, but given her shaky play in 2009 I'm not that optimistic.