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Caroline Wozniacki: 2010 Season

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The right-handed top danish player started the 2010 season playing in Hong-Kong at a demonstration tournament. There she lost two singles matches for Team Europe but won two mixed doubles with Stefan Edberg. In her first WTA tournament of the year, Wozniacki suffered an opening round loss to Li Na of China in Sydney.

Moving on to Australian Open, she was seeded 4th, which should result in a semifinal qualification, if tennis was played on paper. This was also her first top-eight seed in her career, at only the age of 19. She again fell to Li Na, this time in the fourth round, in straight sets. Despite her 4th round exit, Wozniacki achieved her career high ranking of No.3.

As she was making her way to the top of the WTA standings, she was seeded 2nd at Indian Wells. Caroline Wozniack i played the final, despite to almost losing three times, after dropping sets en route. She lost to Jelena Jankovic in only two sets 6-2, 6-4. With the result, she again reached a career-best. She was seeded 2nd in the WTA classification. In Miami, at the Sony Ericsson Open, she was early disqualified to the fresh returned Justine Henin, in the quarterfinals, in three sets, after putting a good resistance. Her next tournament was at Ponte Vedra Beach, where she reached the final once again in 2010. This was also her first title of the season, after defeating Olga Govortsova in the final in two sets, 6-2, 7-5. Wozniacki went to the Family Circle Cup in Charlestone. She advanced to the semifinals, where she competed Vera Zvonareva. Despite her good shape, she was forced to forfeit because of an injury in the first set, after chasing a short ball at 4-2. The injury was thought to be serious.

With all these, she continued to compete in tournaments through the second part of the season, on the clay-court part. She suffered early losses in 4 tournaments (Stuttgart, Rome, Madrid and Warsaw). Although she was seeded 2nd at Roland Garros. There, she made her best up to date result at the French Open, advancing to the fourth round, without losing a set. There, she faced Flavia Pennetta from Italy, which put a fierce resistance. It took almost three hours for Caroline to defeat her, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2. In the last eight, she lost against Francesca Schiavone, the future title winner, and the current holder of the French Open title. At the double tournament, she teamed-up with Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia, but lost against the Williams sisters, due to Hantuchova, that was forced to withdrew because of a right shoulder injury.

As the defending title holder at AEGON International, Wozniacki lost early, once again. This was her first grass tournament of the year. She was seen the third favorite at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. In the first rounds, she passed Tathiana Garbin, Chang Kai-chen and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on her way to the last 16, where she was forced to face a brutal defeat at Petra Kvitova, 6-2, 6-0.

At e-Boks Danish Open, in her home country, she was seeded 1st. The tournament was at its first year, and it mainly appeared because of Caroline’s popularity in Denmark. She reached the final, and respected her seed, winning the last game against Klara Zakopalova, to win her second title of the year. In Cincinnati, she lost in the third round to Marion Bartoli of France. As the number 2 seed in Montreal, Caroline Wozniacki was forced to wait two days to play in the semifinals against Svetlana Kuznetsova because of heavy rain. She defeated both russians Kuznetsova, and Zvonareva (once again), for her third title of the season. She was the main favorite for New Heaven, and Caroline did not disappointed. She defeated Nadia Petrova in three sets (mirror sets) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, in the final to win her fourth title of the year. By virtue of this, and because she won the last three tournaments she had played at, she also won the 2010 US Open Series.

At Flashing Meadows Caroline was the top seed, mainly because of World No. 1, Serena Williams, who was forced to withdrawl. She easily advanced in the last 16, with losing just 3 games. There, she defeated the former winner of the US Open, Maria Sharapova, in two sets. This game is known to be the battle of the former and current most sexy players in the WTA. She then defeated unseeded revelation Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-5. In the semifinals, Vera Zvonareva, took revenge for her back-to-back defeat, and advanced in the final, by eliminating Caroline by a score of 6-4, 6-3. With her semifinal apperance, Wozniacki became one of the two, to reach at least the fourth round in all Grand Slam events in 2010, alongside Venus Williams.

Shortly after, she received the chance to become World’s No. 1, replacing Serena Williams, after obtaining her fifth title of the season, at Toray Pan Pacific Open, in a final against Elena Dementieva and after recieveing a first round bye, at Beijing, where she will face either Sara Errani or Peng Shuai. If she will get through, and reach the semifinals, she will become one of the most youngest world’s no. 1.

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Date Added: 06 December '10

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