Williams needs to win Open to be No. 1

Updated: September 9, 2009, 9:44 PM ET
Associated Press

Here's one indication of how complicated the WTA's computer ranking system is: The WTA itself has a tough time figuring everything out.

A day after saying that Serena Williams could move past No. 1 Dinara Safina in the Sept. 21 rankings by reaching the U.S. Open final, the tour reversed itself Tuesday.

Instead, the tour clarified, Williams could rise from No. 2 a week after the tournament ends "if [and only if]" she were to win the U.S. Open.

There has been discussion and debate ...

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