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Serena Williams is No. 1 in Grand Slams, but No. 2 in the rankings

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Her shirt (and logic) might suggest that she's No. 1, but despite winning Wimbledon, Serena Williams will stay ranked No. 2 when the new WTA rankings comes out this week. This despite the fact that today's win gave Serena her third Grand Slam in the past 12 months, while the woman she trails, Dinara Safina, has none.

Serena is usually diplomatic about this question (which has come up since Safina ascended to No. 1 in April), but couldn't resist taking a few digs today when asked about it by reporters:

"I think if you hold three Grand Slam titles you should be No. 1, but not on the WTA Tour, obviously so. My motivation is maybe just to win another Grand Slam and stay No. 2, I guess."

Serena managed to keep a straight face through those sentences, but couldn't help but bury her head in laughter after this quote:

"I see myself as No. 2; that's where I am. I think Dinara did a great job to get to the No. 1. She won Rome and Madrid."

Serena has the right idea. While it has to be frustrating to be held down by a rankings system that is clearly flawed, it's not a big deal and certainly not worth any more than mild annoyance. (Although one does have to wonder, where does the WTA get its rankings formula? The BCS?)

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