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Friday, January 30, 2009

Who Will Be No.1 Now?

Jelena Jankovic's run at No.1 will come to an end - at least for now - when the next Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Singles Rankings are published this coming Monday, February 2, 2009.

Following the results at the Australian Open through the semifinals, it is projected that Jankovic will fall to No.3 and Zvonareva will reach a new career-high of No.5. By virtue of her semifinal loss, Elena Dementieva will remain at No.4. But who will be the Top 2?

Whoever wins Saturday's singles final - Serena Williams or Dinara Safina - will be No.1. For Williams it would be a return to the top spot, having spent 61 non-consecutive weeks of her career there; Safina is aiming to become the 19th player in Tour history - and second Russian, after Maria Sharapova - to become the world No.1. Should Safina win and become No.1, it would also be the first time in history that a brother and sister are No.1 on their respective tours (Marat Safin was ranked No.1 on the ATP World Tour for nine non-consecutive weeks between December 2000 and April 2001).

Williams vs. Safina final
Champion will be No.1 and runner-up will be No.2.

Rounding out the Top 10 will be Venus Williams at No.6, Svetlana Kuznetsova at No.7, Ana Ivanovic No.8, Agnieszka Radwanska No.9 and Nadia Petrova No.10.

Looking a little lower down the projections, Zheng Jie is expected to rise to No.20, making her just the second Chinese player ever to crack the Top 20 (after Li Na); Carla Suárez Navarro is expected to rise to No.30 (her Top 30 debut); and Jelena Dokic is expected to surge into the Top 100 (approximately No.91).

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