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Three women sniffing at No. 1 ranking

There's added motivation for three of the four women's semifinalists. The winner will be accorded the No. 1 ranking -- at least temporarily -- in this prolonged period of instability on the WTA Tour.

Updated: January 28, 2009, 10:10 AM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open will produce not just a women's Grand Slam champion but also a different No. 1.

The current holder of the top spot, Jelena Jankovic, needed to reach the final to guarantee she would retain her lofty perch after the tournament. But her fourth-round loss left the door ajar, and those right behind have taken full advantage.

World No. 2 Serena Williams, No. 3 Dinara Safina and No. 4 Elena Dementieva have all booked spots in the semifinals, ...

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