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Is the ranking system appropriate?

Updated: August 12, 2003, 6:18 PM ET
By Howard Fendrich | Associated Press

Maybe it's time for the WTA Tour to consider a new ranking system, one that rewards pure excellence over pure consistency.

By any standard, Kim Clijsters is a fantastic tennis player, among the best in the world. But is she really No. 1? No way.

Until Monday, that distinction rightly belonged to Serena Williams, who earned it by winning five of the past six Grand Slam titles. Clijsters never has won a major championship -- the first top-ranked player with that lacuna ...

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