World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki began her latest bid for a first grand slam title with a 6-2 6-1 win over Anastasia Rodionova on Monday, joining last year's finalists Kim Clijsters and Li Na in the second round of the Australian Open.
Petra Kvitova is just two wins away from moving to the top of the women's tennis rankings, after current world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki suffered a quarterfinal defeat at the Sydney International on Wednesday.
World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 2 Petra Kvitova both earned hard-fought wins at the Sydney International on Tuesday as the battle for the top spot in women's tennis intensifies ahead of the Australian Open.
Caroline Wozniacki survived a first round scare at the China Open Monday then defended French Open champion Li Na who has been the subject of fierce criticism for exiting at the same stage to a lowly-ranked opponent.
Put aside the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal storyline for a moment. It's one of the sport's most compelling developments in years, perhaps to come to a head at the French Open, but from this corner, the best story of the Rome Masters was Maria Sharapova's stirring triumph.
There are a number of ways for athletes to commit career suicide. Relentlessly bad play seems to work, along with a drunken car crash or a descent into drug-infested hell. Every so often, mere words do the trick. And if you're speaking from the outer edges of relevance at the time, well, you're Donald Young.
1. Clockwork Caro. Clay-court season kicked off last week. There were a number of counterintuitive results, but form held in Charleston where top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki won her third title of 2011, taking the Family Circle Cup. Among her victims: Jelena Jankovic and then Elena Vesnina in the final. "I know I can win a Slam," Wozniacki professes. Her next chance comes in Paris in a few weeks.
Caroline Wozniacki is our guest respondent for this week's Mailbag. Currently ranked No. 1 on the women's tour, the 20-year-old Dane has taken a break from preparing for the Sony Ericsson Open in order to answer your questions. We'll be back next week at our regularly scheduled time and place.
As I write this there are 24 players left in the draw and there have been zero huge upsets. Which makes for a promising final seven days. Herewith, our 2011 Australian Open midterm grades All marks given on the "Gentleman's C" curve...
1. The little match girl: Even before Caroline Wozniacki won the Beijing event, her WTA-leading fifth title of 2010, she had eclipsed Serena Williams and achieved the No. 1 ranking. Predictably, cheers were tempered with critique that the WTA computer rankings system is somehow flawed. (Wozniacki, of course, did not even reach a major final in 2010; Serena won two of the three she entered.) We know that gap in her resume. Why don't we consider what Wozniacki has done: She's won more titles and more matches than any other player this year. Given the points breakdown, to balance Serena's two Grand Slam titles, Wozniacki needed to reach the equivalent of eight major singles quarterfinals in one year. That's an awful lot of ground to cover. That's she done it suggests there's some heft to her record after all. If my life were resting on the outcome of a match, whom would I rather be playing: Serena or Wozniacki? No contest. But for now, let's acknowledge the Dane's successes, not her
I must say that I am very happy that Caroline Wozniacki blew your prediction of Sharapova getting to the finals. I detected this anti-Caroline sentiment in your comments ever since that controversy in one of the junior Slams (it might have been the U.S. Open; can't remember now). Hopefully, you will give Caroline credit after she clearly beat Sharapova. --Les Banas, Las Vegas
Once again, I have to object to the lack of respect accorded Caroline Wozniacki. First, dinging her for being No. 2 on the basis of a lot of play is not really backed up -- if you take out her worst half dozen tournaments it has little-to-no impact on the ranking. She has won two tournaments in a row coming into the U.S. Open, including a top-tier tournament. I agree with your assertion that other players haven't stepped up, but why then do you say you can think of a half dozen players that are better? Who are they, and what are their results to say they are better? It reminds me of every time someone says "no disrespect intended" followed by saying something respectful. Likewise, if the rankings are faulty, tell us your system that puts other players in "better" rankings and justify it. Otherwise, it's just so much smoke. It's odd to me that Wozniacki doesn't get more press and kudos. I suspect that it's a combination of a non-confrontational personality, lack of controversy and her
SI.com caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price, who is covering the U.S. Open in New York, after Serena Williams was penalized on match point in her 6-4, 7-5 loss to Kim Clijsters in the semifinals Saturday night. Clijsters will play Caroline Wozniacki in the final at 9 p.m. ET Sunday.
NEW YORK -- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the three biggest names in tennis, all currently remain in this, the fourth and final major of the year. But you could be forgiven for not realizing as much. This has been the U.S. Oudin, an event improbably hijacked by a 17-year-old from Georgia who is having an awesome-amazing-incredible time beating up on bigger and higher-ranked players.