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Karolina Pliskova is ranked No. 1, but she wants a title to go with it

Karolina Pliskova is ranked No. 1, but she wants a title to go with it

As one of only 23 women who have been ranked No. 1 in the world since the Women’s Tennis Assn. adopted a computerized system in 1975, Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is in exclusive company. She’s in another group she’d be happy to leave at the end of the U.S. Open: She’s among the few women who have ruled the rankings without winning a Grand Slam tournament before or after they reached the top.

Because of that, Pliskova — who has been No. 1 since July — is No. 1 with an asterisk.

Kim Clijsters and Amalie Mauresmo earned the top spot before they won a Slam but Clijsters went on to win four titles and Mauresmo won two. Jelena Jankovic, Dinara Safina, Caroline Wozniacki...

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