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I deserve top ranking: Serena

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WASHINGTON – Even though she won four big titles during the year, Serena Williams will still end 2012 ranked No 3 behind Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.

After backing up her victories at Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open with the WTA Championships title on Sunday, Williams concurred with Sharapova and world No 8 Li Na that she is in fact the world’s top female tennis player.

“I think it’s a true statement, without trying to sound full of myself or anything,” Williams told reporters after overcoming Russian Sharapova 6-4 6-3 in the final of the season-ending tournament.

“I always said that if I’m playing well and I’m doing everything right it’s really difficult to beat me. I still believe that.”
Williams beat Sharapova each of the three times they met this year and also won all five of her matches against No 1 Azarenka of Belarus.

“It’s surprising to win two grand slams, the Olympics, Madrid and the Championships and to be No 3,” said Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

Williams said that her 2012 season comes a close second to her 2002 season, when she won three grand slam titles.Mouratoglou believes that if she stays healthy, the 31-year-old American can win many more majors. –Reuters

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