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By ROY KAMMERER<br />Associated Press Writer

MUNICH, Germany (AP) -- Lindsay Davenport won the No. 1 ranking for the year and is not sure she deserves it.

She defeated Kim Clijsters 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) Saturday, advancing to the final of the $3 million Sanex Championships against Serena Williams.

Davenport's semifinal victory allowed her to take the No. 1 spot from Jennifer Capriati. Capriati had been No. 1 for three weeks and would have held the top ranking if Davenport lost.

Davenport says Venus Williams or Capriati deserves the No. 1 accolade because she failed to win a Grand Slam and they split the four majors.

``Obviously I can't help it that Venus only plays nine or 10 tournaments and that Jennifer didn't win more tour events. I think it's obvious they would be No. 1 then,'' Davenport said.

``I'm not going to sit here and defend myself. You know, I can't do anything about it. I'll just take it.''

On Sunday, Davenport will face Serena Williams, a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Sandrine Testud of France in the other semifinal. Davenport is 0-5 this year against the Williams sisters.

``Neither one of us is going to be thinking about the past,'' Williams said. ``This is the last match of the year.''

Davenport, seeded second, has won three straight titles and extended her winning streak to 15 matches. She missed 2 1/2 months this season with a bruised knee but is in position to win eight titles for the second straight year.

She also finished No. 1 for 1998 and joined four other players who have twice been No. 1 for the year.

Capriati won the Australian Open and French Open this year in a remarkable comeback from an array of problems. The majors -- more than No. 1 -- are what Davenport wants.

``I'd rather have two Grand Slams,'' she said. ``The first time was amazing, a real honor, but I've been No. 1 several times now.''

Davenport has been No. 1 five times, starting on Oct. 12, 1998, when she became the first American to lead the rankings since Chris Evert in 1985. She has finished No. 1 or No. 2 the past four years.

Clijsters, a French Open finalist who has risen to a No. 5 ranking, beat Davenport earlier this year at Stanford, Calif.

The 18-year-old Belgian was in command at the outset Saturday, surging through the first set in 24 minutes as Davenport had trouble keeping the ball in play.

Davenport took control in the second set. In the third, Davenport broke serve but the third-seeded Clijsters promptly broke back. Clijsters fought off five break points at 5-4 before Davenport prevailed in a tiebreaker.

``I'm not surprised it was a hard match,'' Davenport said. ``I thought she would be the toughest player I would face here.''

Clijsters started the year at No. 18 and won three titles this. She pushed Capriati to a 12-10 final set at the French Open.

``She's had a phenomenal breakthrough year,'' Davenport said. ``It takes some time to win the big matches and she's almost there.''

Capriati's chance to finish No. 1 faded Friday with a three-set loss to Testud. She had claimed the top ranking from Martina Hingis.

Capriati was fighting a throat infection during her quarterfinal loss. She said she was taking medication and was in bed all day before her match.

Davenport has a tour-best 62-9 record this year and has won more titles than anyone else.

``There's a huge debate in women's tennis about who should be No. 1,'' Davenport said. ``I've had a very consistent year. It's great to end the year No. 1.''
 
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