Women's tennis fans seem to be divided into two groups: those that think Caroline Wozniacki is true No.1 and those that believe she's not justifying her status without a Grand Slam title. David Fearnhead, sports writer and the author of "Bailey of the Saints" which is due out in October 2011, is definitely on the Dane's side and he's eager to tell you why.
There is a lot of stuff and nonsense currently being spoken about who is the real number one in women’s tennis. I’ve grown a little wearisome at the constant snipping at Caroline Wozniacki by those claiming that her number one ranking should come with some sort of asterisk to indicate she’s not won a Grand Slam. Many claim the best player currently on the women’s tour is Kim Clijsters, but this somewhat defeats the purpose of the WTA Tour.
Clijsters may have been undefeated in Dubai and Doha, but that was only because she didn’t show up – and that is a long way from any sort of victory.
The fact is that the number one player on the WTA Tour is Wozniacki and that is despite the massive jacking up of points players obtain from the Grand Slams. A fact reflected by the fact that only the Williams sisters – who are hardly famous for their attendance records – have played less matches than Clijsters. The number one ranking is rightly based on performances on the WTA Tour over a season, not just in the 4 majors.
Wozniacki took the number one spot in 2010 with 6 WTA titles to her name and 62 match wins. Wozniacki has done the hard yards. Turning up week after week to defend her number one ranking.
Yes, Clijsters took the Australian Open this year but she also fell in Sydney and Paris. Which disproves the myth that she would win more if she chose to play more. Clijsters' schedule is wise. She comes to tournaments fresher in both mind and body. Whilst Clijsters rested Wozniacki was busy winning the title in Dubai and coming close in Doha.
People point out that Clijsters has a winning record against Wozniacki, but lets face it they’ve only played each other twice and both were on hard courts – I hardly think this allows anyone to put up their feet and say Clijsters has Wozniacki’s number anywhere, anytime.
If we are to go on head-to-heads or the latest form guide then Vera Zvonareva could rightly claim to be the true number one, after all she has a winning record against Clijsters since the Belgian returned to the game in 2009. She also beat Wozniacki in Doha squaring up their head to heads at four all.
I’ve now doubt the debate will continue and intensify as Serena’s return from injury gathers pace, and there’s Venus to consider too, but the rankings do not lie. Wozniacki is the number one player on the WTA Tour and no victories should be handed to any player who doesn’t turn up to an event.
David is not the only reader of Women's Tennis Blog who thinks this way and wants to tell the world about it. Our contributor John Bolan also stands by Wozniacki as the real No.1.
Additional info: In case you want to read more from David, check out his previous contribution to Women's Tennis Blog: Ear plugs are available – Time to put a stop to the screamers in women's Tennis. (photos: Johan Rivera)