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Women's tennis gets new number one – Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline WozniackiAs of today it's certain that women's tennis will have a brand new world number one player when the rankings are refreshed on Monday, October 11th. As you must already know, it will be 20-year-old Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark.

The moment has been anticipated for a long time because of Wozniacki's consistency, and especially after she won the Tokyo tournament last week, when it became a fact that she would reach the top of the rankings if she advances to the quarterfinals of the following event in Beijing. Well, that's exactly what happened – Wozniacki beat Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2 in the third round of the China Open, earning her impressive 56th match win in 2010.

Wozniacki, who started her professional career in 2005, will become the 20th player in the history of women's tennis to reach the top position in the rankings and will end Serena Williams' reign over the number one spot which will have lasted for 49 weeks, since November 2nd, 2009. The Dane has won 11 WTA singles titles, including five this season, and played the final of the 2009 US Open.

In the quarterfinals of the China Open Wozniacki will play former world number one Ana Ivanovic who won two tiebreaks to overcome seventh seed Elena Dementieva 7-6(2) 7-6(4). The two-set match featured a pair of tiebreaks even though Ivanovic served for the first set at 5-3, and even though Dementieva had a set point at 5-4 in the second set. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)

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19 thoughts on “Women's tennis gets new number one – Caroline Wozniacki

  1. bb

    Good job…however…deserving? Not so much. No Grand Slam win and no win over: Ivanovic, Jankovic, Serena, Venus, Kim, Justine, Sharapova(except only once). I mean she never really beat a top player so I am worried that the ranking system is completely flawed. In time, when (if) she beats the top players and wins a grand slam, then she will be understood and accepted. For now, her number one ranking is far-fetched. You cannot give a person world number one with her playing well in the past year. She should have been playing well in the last couple of years in order to desreve her rankings!

    What do you think Marija?

  2. Marija Post author

    Bb, I think Wozniacki is pressured too much, while nothing about the ranking system is her fault, I think she should be given a break and a moment to enjoy her success. She just practiced hard, played, won, and rightfully reached the top spot. Why didn't all the other players that "deserve it" win all those matches? Their problem…

  3. jacob

    its not flawed. just because she achieved a goal before another, doesn't make the tour flawed. this is why im never on this site anymore because every comment seems to be stupid and under me.

  4. sam

    sorry, but if some is "the games best player" with out winning a grandslam, the system is flawed.

    and rankings don't seem to count for much, serena is still head and shoulders above the rest!

  5. seeker

    serena doesn't need to prove anything at all. w/ all the grandslams etc. she's been there.. and we all know she deserves to be "the best player" (who's active), for now. bec. she's still playing. her goal now is to be a GOAT( greatest player of all time)while enjoying tennis.

  6. Marine

    There is nothing wrong with the rankings. Grand slams outweigh other tournaments a great deal but winning a GS doesn't mean being the best player these days. When it comes to ITF tournaments only Williams is pretty good winning 2 out of 4. But when it comes to WTA events, her performance is pretty average and that is just not good enough. Caroline proved herself with her results and that "better" players did not pull their weigh it's their fault.

  7. LuLinQa

    rankings are not about grand slams! where will you get it? if it were about GS Navratilova or Evert would be still on the top even without hitting a ball. I really love serena but I don't admire someone who is still somehow injured and doesnt pay attention to the tennis anymore.

  8. Bróna

    I don't like that this has happened, but congratulations to Wozniacki. She is by far one of the most consistent players on the tour and she has had a great season. I do have to mention Serena here though- I think it is remarkable that she was able to hang on to the number one ranking all throughout this season, despite having only played 6 tournaments. It just shows how good she is. With her next tournament starting on Monday, the next few weeks should be very interesting… :)

  9. Marija Post author

    LuLinQa, about Navratilova and Evert, that's exactly what I'm thinking when people are saying how Serena is a better overall player than Caroline.

  10. seeker

    serena is better player than caroline bec. they are the players who are still playing and active in the WTA tour. that is why… Navratilova or Chris or even steff, are not playing anymore in the WTA…

  11. Marine

    Brona, Serena hangs on no.1 thanks to saving her energy for slams where she can earn most points. And I believe that taking a long layoffs contributes a LOT to her success. It would be interesting to see how well would she do if she played her full consistently and went far/won most of tournaments she enters.

  12. Bróna

    Marine, I agree with you. I was just pointing out that it's a pretty tough thing to do- and her record in majors is great. Caroline has been in contention for the ranking for the whole season but she only managed to get it now. And yes, it would be very interesting to see how Serena would do if she played fully, I have to think that she would be in the same part of the rankings that she is now.

  13. Angelina

    Who cares about the ranking? Caroline is no daubt a good player but not a champion like Maria, Serena, Kim etc. She needs some big trophys. Good luck for her.

  14. joy dilks

    If im the president of tennis association will not allow a tennis player who never won a single grand slam to be world one.If Wozniaki is really a good player,why she never beat Serena,kim,justine etc!
    She's the highest point because even a mickey mouse tournament she battle.I saw her parents how they encourage her to continue to play even though she had cramp and crying.

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