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Serena: I deserve to be world No. 1

ESPN staff
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Serena Williams has beaten Victoria Azarenka on five occasions this season © Getty Images
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Serena Williams believes she deserves to be world No. 1 after ending an impressive season with victory at the WTA Championships in Turkey.

Williams will end the year as the world No. 3 behind Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, but with two grand slam titles, an Olympic gold medal and now the season-ending trophy to her name, the American believes she should be classed as the best player in the world.

"I think it's a true statement, without trying to sound full of myself or anything," Williams said after her 6-4 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova in Istanbul.

"I always said that if I'm playing well and I'm doing everything right it's really difficult to beat me. I still believe that."

Williams has not lost to Sharapova since 2004 and also won all five meetings against world No. 1 Azarenka this season.

However, it was not really until her victory at Wimbledon that Williams' season began to gather pace as she went on to win Olympic singles gold and US Open glory, and she believes the 2012 season ranks as the second best of her career behind 2002, when she won three grand slam titles.

"I have to say No. 2 only because I didn't win the Australian Open and French Open," she said. "I faltered in the French and fell in the first round. I beat my record for 2002 match wise. But it's close. It's neck and neck."

Women's rankings: 1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 2. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 3. Serena Williams (USA), 4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 5. Angelique Kerber (GER), 6. Sara Errani (ITA), 7. Li Na (CHN), 8. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 9. Sam Stosur (AUS), 10. Marion Bartoli (FRA).

Men's rankings: 1. Roger Federer (SWI), 2. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 3. Andy Murray (GBR), 4. Rafael Nadal (SPA), 5. David Ferrer (SPA), 6. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 8. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG), 9. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB), 10. Juan Monaco (ARG).

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