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Caroline Wozniacki: 2009 Season

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Caroline’s third professional season began at ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zeeland, where she made it to the last 8 players, where she lost at Elena Vesnina 6–3, 0–6, 6–3. Caroline Wozniacki then reached the quarter-finals of the Medibank International in Sydney where she lost to World No. 2 Serena Williams 6–7(5), 6–3, 7–6(3) despite having three match points when serving for the match at 6–5 in the third set. Seen as the 11th favourite for Australian Open, Caroline reached the third round, where she surprisingly lost at an Australian Wild Card, Jelena Dokic 3–6, 6–1, 6–2.

Seeded first at the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, Wozniacki advanced to the final but lost to the Belarussian future super st ar teenager Victoria Azarenka 6–1, 6–3. They set up as a team and won the double title against Michaëlla Krajicek and Yuliana Fedak couple 6–1, 7–6(2) in the final.

Wozniacki joined at the first two Premier Mandatory US tournaments. She reached the quarter finals at both Sony Ericsson Open and PNB Paribas Indian Wells losing to Vera Zvonareva, respective Svetlana Kutznetsova. Wozniacki won her first title of the year on the green clay of the MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach. After winning a tough first round match against Samantha Stosur, she easily passed Virginie Razzano and Daniela Hantuchová in straight sets to reach the semifinals where she survived four match points to defeat Elena Vesnina 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(5). She then defeated Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak in the final 6–1, 6–2.

Seen as the fifth favorite at Family Circle Cup, she made it to the final, after defeating Elena Dementieva, top seeded player, before losing to Sabine Lisicki. At Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and Internazionali BNL d’Italia she suffered early defeats and eliminations. Wozniacki advanced to the final at the inaugural Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open where she lost to World No. 1 Dinara Safina 6–2, 6–4.

At the first Grand Slam tournament, Caroline lost to the romanian surprise Sorana Cirstea in the third round, after being seeded the 10th.

At the middle of the 2009 season, she had won only one title, before the grass court season. Wozniacki won at AEGON International in Eastbourne. On her road to victory, she passed Alisa Kleybanova, Samantha Stosur, Ekaterina Makarova and eventually, in the seminfials her namesake Aleksandra Wozniak and Virginie Razzano of Italy in the final in only two sets 7–6, 7–5. The seminifals game was the most difficult, where Caroline had to recover from a set down.

She built a name around her after these two victories of the season, and after reached semifinals, and finals in other tournaments. Her only disappointment was the French Open, where she couldn’t make it through. With all these, she was seeded 9th at England’s main tournament, and main grass court open, Wimbledon. Saahe defeated the #20 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues 6–2, 6–2 before falling to Sabine Lisicki in the fourth round, 6–4, 6–4.

On her 19th birthday, she lost in the final of the Swedish Open 7–5, 6–4 to María José Martínez Sánchez of Spain. In her first hard-court tournament in preparation for the US Open, after receiving a bye in the first round of the LA Women's Tennis Championships she lost in the second round, once again, to Sorana Cîrstea 1–6, 6–4, 7–6(5). After this flop, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the Cinncinati Masters, losing to Elena Dementieva, in only two sets 6–2, 6–1, in a match where the russian superstar left her no chance. In Toronto, she lost once again in the second match to Zheng Jie 7-5, 6-3. A terrible hard-court season was prefigured for Caroline, but against the odds she went to defend her title at the Pilot Pen Tennis in New Heaven. There, against Edina Gallovits, she had her first 6-0, 6-0 victory in the first round in a match that took less than an hour. She made it to the final of the tournament, where she defeated Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-4, to save her hard-court season. The challenger put a tough resistance, but Caroline was too determined to win her third title of the season.

At the end of the hard-court season Wozniacki was the 9th seed at the US Open. She was the first Danish woman to reach a Grand Slam final, where she was defeated 7–5, 6–3 by unseeded Belgian Kim Clijsters who had recently returned to the WTA Tour after retiring in 2007. Wozniacki's runner-up showing allowed her to reach a career high ranking of No. 6 which shortly after improved to No. 5 without playing. By reaching the US Open final in September she qualifed, for the first time in her career, for the WTA Tour Championships in Doha which start October 27.

In her first match since the US Open she retired due to a viral illness at 0–5 in the first set against Aleksandra Wozniak in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, after having received a bye in the first round. She then lost to María José Martínez Sánchez in the first round of the China Open 6–7(5), 7–6(2), 6–0.

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Date Added: 03 December '10

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