Kim Clijsters may have taken the No.1 ranking from Caroline Wozniacki, but only a week later the 20-year-old Dane ensured her return to the very top. Probably a week wasn’t enough for Wozniacki to rest from all the talks about how she doesn’t deserve the position because she hasn’t won a Grand Slam, but like it or not, she’ll be spending her 19th week at No.1. That’s a pretty long reign, I would say. Clijsters, the winner of 41 singles titles including four Grand Slams, has held the top spot for 20 weeks in her career (in four different periods and over the course of eight years). Wozniacki is extremely close to that number even though she first became No.1 in October 2010, less than half a year ago.
The match that was decisive for Wozniacki’s ranking was her encounter with Shahar Peer in the quarterfinals of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. The top-seeded Wozniacki avenged her last year’s loss to the Israeli at this tournament with a routine 6-2 6-4 victory. Interestingly, Wozniacki had less break points than Peer, but she obviously converted more of her chances (6 of 8, compared to Shahar’s 3 of 10) and improved to 5-1 against Peer.
Now that we’re talking about these two players, I though to share a nice interview from a couple of years ago with Peer interviewing Wozniacki.
Sixth seed Jelena Jankovic will be Wozniacki’s opponent in Dubai semifinals. Jankovic advanced with a 6-3 5-7 7-6(4) win over fourth seed Samantha Stosur.