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.
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.
I wish to meet this lady some day.
Can’t wait to see JJ vs Wozniacki tomorrow, I’ll be cheering for JJ all the way. Before I liked Wozniacki ’cause she’s a cool girl, but now not anymore. I’m just sick of her behaviour on the court- her nervous reactions after the opponent hits a winner, drama after EVERY little injury (remember Bejing 2010 against Ivanovic), fake medical time outs and calling her father on court in every single match (today she called him while she was leading 5:2 in the 2nd set?!). I mean, that’s not a spirit of a champion at all, and not even a sports spirit. Kim is just the real number one, someone to admire in every way.
If JJ ruins her 4-0 head-to-head against Wozniacki now, well, … oh I just hope she won’t.
I like Wozniacki, I think she is cool. If she was a model drama queen, oh dear, than the tour would be happy place…
As for tomorrow’s match I don’t see much hope for JJ. Caroline is still on fire and very motivated now that she got her no.1 “back” from Kim. JJ will have to play her best tennis to beat Caroline tomorrow.
It has been a pleasant surprise to see Jankovic playing well this week! Her victories against Kanepi and Stosur can only serve to boost her confidence and the match against Wozniacki will be interesting. I’ll be rooting for Jankovic.
why you eliminated my message!! The first thing that i’ve said on that was that caro for meis a great top ten player! But she is not the best of the word! The best is clijsters that have points on her ranking of 2 gs, a masters and 2 premiers events! Caroline only won small tornaments.. She is n1 only because she plays a lot of tours! This things on atp doesn’t exist! Only rios became a n1 player without winning a slam.. But he have been “the best” only for a small period! I was very happy when kim returns at the top of the ranking last week because she deserved that before! And now i’m very dissapointed even if i like caro! Goodbye! Like other times i have to say SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH!
Brenda, I didn’t delete your comment. Is this the one you’re talking about? Seems you mixed up the posts where you left the comment.
I even responded! 🙂
Your English is excellent by the way.
Uhh!! I’m sorry!! I din´t realize where I was talking jaja 🙂
Brenda, you stunned me for a moment. I was confused.