STANFORD, Calif. – “Shhhh,” hushed Serena Williams when asked about the rankings system in women’s tennis that seems askew with public perception. “They already think I’m No. 1.”
The computer, however, says otherwise.
Despite winning three of the last four majors, No. 2 Williams sits behind Dinara Safina of Russia by a substantial 1,742 points. Safina supplanted Williams atop the rankings in April but has never won a Grand Slam title.
That rankings dissonance continued to spark debate at the Bank of the West Classic here as Williams geared up for her first event since winning a third Wimbledon title.
“The only thing that gets under my skin is that everyone keeps talking about it and so now people know that I’m not No. 1,” laughed Williams, who opened her summer hardcourt campaign Tuesday night with a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) victory against Li Na of China.