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Time ripe for Safina to win first major?

Updated: June 6, 2009, 10:12 AM ET
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PARIS -- Dinara Safina's emphatic run to the French Open final has validated her No. 1 ranking and, to an extent, stabilized what had been a very liquid hierarchy on the WTA Tour.

The question now is whether she can conquer her first Grand Slam title. With the exception of a small hiccup in the quarterfinals versus Victoria Azarenka, Safina has been nothing short of brilliant in this tournament.

Safina's opponent, compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, has manifested mental toughness and ...

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