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Time is ripe for Safina to take advantage of ailing tour members

A majority of the game's top stars will limp into the U.S. Open, leaving the door wide open for red-hot Dinara Safina to claim her first major.

Updated: August 21, 2008, 9:15 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

Tournament: U.S. Open Surface: Hard Draw: 128 Top seeds: Ana Ivanovic, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena Williams

Who's on first? Ana Ivanovic, for the time being, in what's turned out to be a wacky season in the women's game.

Ivanovic missed the Olympics with a thumb injury, fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic's is dealing with a calf strain and the Williams sisters have gimpy knees. Much like the Olympics, it's a battle of the fittest.

Jankovic, if ...

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