Plenty of surprises possible in 2005

Originally Published: January 4, 2005
By Pam Shriver | Special to
As the 2005 season begins this week, there's no way to know who could be the surprise of the year. The crucial thing is to have everyone healthy. The women finally are where the men were in the past: Any number of players have the potential to finish the year at No. 1.

In fact, the top of the women's field is crowded with players who could be No. 1 now. This year could see a major with Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, the Williams sisters, the Belgians and all these new Russian players competing.

A top player on the women's tennis tour more than 15 years, Pam Shriver hosts ESPN's women's tennis telecasts. She also appears as a sideline reporter on select men's matches.