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Safina defends No. 1 ranking

Updated: August 4, 2009, 2:28 AM ET
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CARSON, Calif. -- Dinara Safina hasn't run into Serena Williams lately. She has heard what the Wimbledon champion and others have had to say about her qualifications to be the top-ranked player on the WTA Tour.

"Ranking is ranking. I didn't do the ranking system," said Safina, the defending champion at the L.A. Women's Tennis Championships that got under way Monday.

Safina and the other top seeds had the day off, leaving the spotlight to Maria Sharapova, who defeated Jarmila Groth ...

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