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Serena confirmed as number one

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:53

The 23-year-old Russian was serving at 1-1 in the opening set against Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic when she had to retire.

Safina’s place at the Australian Open could now be in doubt due to the injury as she said she will have to take at least six weeks off from tennis.

“I’ve been having pain since (winning) Portoroz (in July). I’ve been using anti-inflammatories to play with this pain for about three months,” she said.

The Russian was replaced in the tournament by compatriot Vera Zvonareva, who will play the remaining two White Group opponents Safina was supposed to play, beginning with Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday.

Serena defeated Venus 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in two hours and 41 minutes for her second win in two days after her defeat of Svetlana Kuznetsova.

It was Venus’ second loss of the tournament, following her defeat by Elena Dementieva.

Earlier, Denmark’s Wozniacki defeated Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka 1-6 6-4 7-5.

The contest lasted two minutes short of three hours as Wozniacki won her first match of the tournament, inflicting Azarenka’s first loss after her defeat of Jankovic.

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