September 8, 2009

Serena can become #1 by winning US Open

NEW YORK (AP)—It turns out Serena Williams can move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings, as long as she wins the U.S. Open. She just would have to wait until a week after the tournament ends. There has been much debate and discussion in recent months about why Williams is No. 2, and Dinara Safina is No. 1. The American has won three of the past four Grand Slam tournaments to raise her career total to 11, while the Russian is still seeking her first major title.

After Safina was upset in the third round at the U.S. Open, she was assured of retaining the top spot when the new rankings are issued Sept. 14, the day after the U.S. Open concludes—no matter how Williams fares the rest of the way. Williams plays in the quarterfinals Tuesday night. But the WTA said Monday that because of the rankings’ rolling, 52-week system, the points Williams would defend by winning the year’s last major tournament would be enough to push her past Safina in the Sept. 21 rankings.

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