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Mauresmo suffers defeat in race for number-one ranking

Published 08/11/2006

Tennis star Amelie Mauresmo appears unlikely to achieve her goal of finishing the year as women's world number one.

The Frenchwoman needs to successfully defend her WTA Championship title in Madrid this week in order to stay top of the rankings.

However, she was thrashed in straight sets yesterday by Nadia Petrova in the round-robin stage of the competition.

Maria Sharapova, who could overtake Maruesmo in the rankings if she wins the WTA tournament, beat Elena Dementieva in straight sets yesterday.

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