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Design the ranking system, not the outcomes

Updated: August 7, 2008, 6:26 PM ET
By Kamakshi Tandon, TENNIS.com

It's unfortunate when a player's ascension to No. 1 is accompanied primarily by discussion of what she hasn't achieved.

That's been a common theme for the women this decade, and it's ironic that it's resurfaced during the same time that such a titanic campaign for the top spot has been waged on the men's side.

First there was Martina Hingis, ending 2000 as No. 1 despite not winning a Slam that year. Then came Kim Clijsters, who got to No. 1 in 2003 without yet having ...

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