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Lesbian tennis
star Amelie Mauresmo grabs top spot again

Lesbian tennis
star Amelie Mauresmo grabs top spot again


Lesbian tennis star Amelie Mauresmo has again grabbed the top spot in her sport, making her one of the most successful out athletes in the world.

Australian Open champion Amelie Mauresmo will start this week's Nasdaq-100 Open in the United States as the top-ranked female tennis player in the world--again. Mauresmo replaced Kim Clijsters atop the WTA Tour rankings on Monday, regaining the number 1 position she held for five weeks in September-October 2004 and again making her one of the most prominent lesbian athletes ever to have taken the top spot in her sport.

Mauresmo and Clijsters missed last week's Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., which was won by Maria Sharapova. Clijsters won the Indian Wells title last year, but the Belgian has been out with an injury and fell to number 2 in the rankings after losing her points from that win.

Justine Henin-Hardenne was third in the rankings, followed by Sharapova and Lindsay Davenport. Mary Pierce, Nadia Petrova, Elena Dementieva, Patty Schnyder, and Venus Williams round out the top 10. All are entered in the Nasdaq-100 Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., starting on Wednesday. Clijsters is the defending champion.

Mauresmo, the first and only French player to be number 1, leads the WTA Tour this year with three titles, including her first Grand Slam. She has 3,511 points, and Clijsters 3,290. In the previous rankings on March 6, Mauresmo trailed by only 28 points. (AP)

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