“It’s a great honor to reach the No. 1 ranking and it is a dream that every girl who has ever wanted to play professional tennis shares. It is even extra special for me since my brother Marat was able to reach the No. 1 ranking and I am happy to share this achievement with him. There’s no question that while I am very proud of my results over the past year, I would have liked to reach this achievement in a different manner. I hope to prove to everyone over the coming months that I merit the honor of being World No. 1.”
-- Dinara Safina, on becoming the new #1 on April 20th. It's just sad. I hope she's genuinely excited for herself and recognizes the achievement. But it was a good PR move to preempt all the haterade that's going to be thrown her way. Lessons learned from JJ, perhaps?