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Cybelle Darkholme
Apr 2nd, 2002, 03:35 AM
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1 Serena Williams -
America's Williams is the best tennis player in the world. No doubt about it. Didn't she defeat Switzerland's Martina Hingis, her sister, Venus, and WTA Tour rankings leader Jennifer Capriati of the USA in three days without dropping a single set in Miami? Serena lost one match this year. It was in January, when she retired while she was up 5-4 in the first set of her semifinal against fellow American Meghann Shaughnessy at the Adidas International in Sydney, Australia.

2 Jennifer Capriati 9
Capriati is still the official No. 1 player in the world, even though she just lost her second final to Serena Williams in as many tournaments. Let's put it this way: Jennifer Capriati is the best player in the world when Serena is not around.

3 Monica Seles 4
America's Seles lost her fifth semifinal this year in Miami, to Capriati in three sets. That's her worst result in seven events, though. And she lost 7-4 in the third-set tiebreaker.

4 Venus Williams 1
Serena's older sister took a beating at the hands of her sibling like never before in Miami. Her other loss came in the 1999 Grand Slam Cup. Venus, who was topping the standings after her victory in Indian Wells, drops three spots, but let's bet she's happy since her sister took over at the top.

5 Kim Clijsters -
Belgium's Clijsters is almost there but not quite -- "there" being the very top of women's tennis. Clijsters has yet to win a major breakthrough tournament. She lost to Seles in the quarterfinals in Miami.

6 Martina Hingis 2
What if that was Hingis' real place in today's tennis world? Well, that might be a little tough, but let's face it: Is she able to overcome Serena, Venus or Capriati today? If she is, she'll have to show it on the court soon. Hingis, of Switzerland, got crushed by Serena in Miami.

7 Elena Dementieva -
Russia's Dementieva lost to Venus Williams in the quarterfinals Miami in three tight sets. She is still the most successful Russian on the tour.

8 Tatiana Panova -
Panova is the second most successful Russian on the tour, and like Dementieva, she reached the quaterfinals in Miami, where she lost to Capriati.

9 Anne Kremer -
Luxembourg's Kremer lost to Dementieva in the round of 16 in Miami, but in the closest match of the tournament (1-6, 7-5, 7-6 (16-14)). Such an exciting score deserves a place in the rankings.

10 Daniela Hantuchova 1
Slovakia's Hantuchova didn't win a single match in Miami, but her victory in Indian Wells secured her a spot in the rankings for another week. She'll have to confirm soon, though.

Dropped out (last week's rank): Emmanuelle Gagliardi (3), Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario (5), Lisa Raymond (6), Anna Smashnova (7), Amanda Coetzer (8), Nathalie Dechy (10)