During the last 20 years on the WTA tour, the following group of players cracked the top 5 in Singles Rankings, but never reached the #1 spot: Mary Pierce: Mary's highest singles ranking was #3, which she achieved in 1995. During an injury-riddled career, Mary won 18 Singles Titles and reached 6 Grand Slam Finals, winning twice at the '95 Aussie Open and the 2000 French Open. Gabriela Sabatini: In 1991, Sabatini reached the #3 singles ranking, but would go no further. Sabatini won 27 singles titles and was a 3-time Grand Slam Finalist. Sabatini's lone Slam win came at the 1990 US Open, upsetting Steffi Graf in the Final. However, Steffi got the best of Sabatini in the 1988 US Open Final & the 1991 Wimbledon Final. Conchita Martinez: Conchita's highest ranking was #2, which she attained in 1995. Conchita won 33 singles titles and was a 3-time Grand Slam Finalist. At 1994 Wimbledon, Conchita knocked off Martina Navratilova in the Title Match. Conchita was a runner-up at the '98 Australian Open and the 2000 French Open. Jana Novotna: In 1997, Jana attained a career best #2 in the world singles rankings. Jana was a 4-time Grand Slam Finalist, capturing the 1998 Wimbledon Title. In addition, Jana was a runner-up at the 1991 Australian Open, 1993 Wimbledon, & '97 Wimbledon. For her career, Jana racked up 24 singles titles. Mary Joe Fernandez: A remarkably consistent player, Mary Joe's highest singles ranking was #4. Always a threat at the Slams, Mary Joe reached 3 Slam Finals: 1990 Australian Open, '92 Australian Open, & the '93 French Open. Mary Joe's best chance to win a Slam came at the '93 French Open, where she played Steffi Graf in the Final. Playing her best tennis, Mary Joe nearly beat Steffi in a tight 3-set match. For her career, Mary Joe captured 7 singles titles. Honorable Mentions: Kimiko Date & Iva Majoli. Kimiko and Iva both attained the #4 singles ranking. As to whether these 7 women were Contenders or Pretenders for the #1 Ranking, this is how I see it: 1. Mary Pierce - Mary was a serious Contender, but career offset by injuries. 2. Sabatini - Good but not great, Sabatini was a Pretender to Steffi & Monica's reign. 3. Jana - Supremely talented, Jana was a Contender in my book with the results to prove it. 4. Conchita - Often overlooked, Conchita was a Contender without a doubt. 5. Mary Joe - The best player to never win a Slam. If Mary Joe had more weapons, she could have gone down as a Contender. 6. Kimiko - A very solid player, Kimiko could have been a Contender had it not been for injuries. 7. Iva - Had some success, including a Slam win. However, must go down as a Pretender. Compare these 7 women, and tell me whether you believe they were Contenders or Pretenders for the #1 Ranking?. And please explain how you reached your conclusions?.