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Confidence is what separates best from the rest

What separates a top-10 or top-20 player from the rest of the field? According to most players and experts, it's a simple one-word answer: confidence.

Updated: August 1, 2007, 2:28 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

STANFORD, Calif. -- After earning a hard-fought victory over No. 22 Sybille Bammer on Saturday in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University, Sania Mirza moved up to 31st in the WTA rankings, matching a career high (her goal is to crack the top 20).

When asked after the match what separates players in the top 10 from the rest, the 20-year-old's response was immediate and blunt: "Nothing."

Is she right?

When discussing top players, ...

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