Maria Sharapova is currently World #2, but only #4 in the WTA's race to Sony Ericsson Championships, the WTA version of ATP RACE. In the year round ranking she is a substantial amount behind Justine Henin already after this week, and Justine's Pilot Pen points coming off, and while Justine has a U.S Open final and year end Championships title to defend, she played no tournaments in between those events due to injury. Maria Sharapova by contrast has a huge collection of points to defend, including her U.S Open title. Pretty safe to say there is practicaly no chance of Justine being caught by Maria. Maria currently is behind Jankovic in the WTA Race by about 1000 points, however Jankovic has already exceeded the best 17 counting tournaments by 4, playing 21, and any result now that is not outside her 17 best points-wise will result in her losing some points, the bottom remaining counting tournament whatever that is. Ivanovic is ahead by about 400 points, but with 15 tournaments played she is nearing the point she will have some tournament points dropped, but in her case she may not go over 17 by much so it may be only the worst tournaments of her year and very minor points dropped off. Behind Maria is Kuznetsova, Serena, and Chakvetadze by from 50 to 250 points. Chakvetadze is now at 15 tournaments, Kuznetsova at 13, so they could pass the 17 mark, particularly Chakvetadze, but likely like Ivanovic it would only be any very minor points dropped. Venus is about 600 points back in the Race, and probably wont play enough or consistent enough to catch up. Sharapova though is a very good indoor player, or has been in the past. She seems to be shaky and vurnerable right now though. So where will Maria end the year ranked?