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Shinobu Asagoe took over as the No. 1 Japanese player and Ai Sugiyama settled for second in the latest rankings by the WTA released Monday.

Asagoe, who earned points with her quarterfinals appearance in the singles at the Bausch & Lomb Championships in Florida last week, improved from 26th to 22nd in the world rankings for women. Sugiyama, who was eliminated in the third round in the same tournament, went down from 23rd to 24th.

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