Serena Williams has officially assumed the world No. 1 ranking again. But her rightful ascendance in the rankings might very well be blunted by further sanctions stemming from Williams' U.S. Open outburst.
Dinara Safina has spent an athletic lifetime escaping the shadows cast by others, and never as quickly as her critics demand. As Safina says herself: "Doesn't matter, fast or slow," because she's playing like a No. 1 now.