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Safina rises to the top

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Take a good look at this version of the Yahoo! Sports Power Rankings because our list of the current players to watch in women's tennis could soon be very different.

Changes galore can be expected in the coming months, with Maria Sharapova on the comeback trail from injury and Kim Clijsters returning from retirement.

Vera Zvonareva is also likely to re-enter the list once her physical problems are dealt with and hopes to recapture her excellent early season form.

One player who looks to be here to stay is Caroline Wozniacki, the exciting 18-year-old Danish sensation who is beating a path toward the top.

Wozniacki reached the final last week in Madrid, before losing to Dinara Safina.

Safina rises to the top spot for the first time this week, surpassing Serena Williams, largely due to serious doubts about the American star's fitness. (Prior rankings are in parentheses.)

Yahoo! Sports women's tennis power rankings

1. (3) Dinara Safina: Settling into official No.1 spot

2. (1) Serena Williams: Injuries could ruin her clay-court season

3. (2) Venus Williams: Looking ahead toward Wimbledon

4. (7) Caroline Wozniacki: Rising star continues to shine

5. (5) Elena Dementieva: Solid but unspectacular form

6. (4) Svetlana Kuznetsova: Disappointing early loss in Madrid

7. (6) Victoria Azarenka: Mixed results on clay

8. (8) Jelena Jankovic: Quickly losing her aura of toughness

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