Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Wozniacki, Kvitova head to head for No.1 in WTA rankings. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on Petra Kvitova to be the one to take the Australian Open, and this would put her at the top as the new top seeded star of women’s tennis.
Her exemplary performance in 2011 and the humble persona put her in favor in my book, and Wozniacki may not have the emotional stability and confidence under pressure—and there’s plenty of that to go around as the build-up to the 2012 Australian Open draws nigh.
Wozniacki, Kvitova Head to Head for No.1 in WTA Rankings
With the tennis telescope firmly focused on Australia for the first Grand Slam of 2012, it comes as no surprise that the stars of the courts are hitting the headlines with growing urgency.
What promised to be the biggest coup for Sydney was an anticipated battle in the final for the No1 ranking between the top woman for 64 weeks, Caroline Wozniacki, and the most improved woman of the last 12 months and current No2, Petra Kvitova. Should Kvitova win the title, she would enter the Australian Open as the new No1.
The drama started before the two women even arrived in Sydney, for they faced one another in the team-based Hopman Cup in Perth last week. It was only their second meeting in 16 months, and Kvitova won—just as she had in their only 2011 meeting at the WTA Championships.
Once in Sydney, it looked as though neither woman would make it beyond their first match. Wozniacki battled past the woman who beat her at the same stage last year, Dominika Cibulkova, in a two hour 22 minute three-setter, while Kvitova took just three minutes fewer to win her three-setter.
Come the quarters, and the campaign for No1 took a dive for Wozniacki. After winning the first set against Agnieszka Radwanska, she became increasingly troubled by a wrist problem, sought medical treatment, and finally lost the match in tears. Both her No1 ranking and her participation in the Australian Open looked in jeopardy. Meanwhile, her rival powered to the quarters for the loss of just four games.
But a new day reconfigured the scene. Wozniacki was boosted by an MRI scan that showed no serious wrist damage while Kvitova was beaten in her semi despite winning the first set 6-1. There would be no change at the top until the Australian Open had run its course
And that seems entirely appropriate. Wozniacki and Kvitova ended 2011 with six titles apiece and deservedly filling the top two spots. Now, at the same age, both seem on the cusp of an important phase of their careers.
Will Clijsters be fit enough to defend her first Australian title or Sharapova strong enough to regain her crown of four years ago?
Will home favorite Sam Stosur bounce back from early exits in two straight Aussie tournaments to regain her US Open-winning form?
Can Serena Williams recover from the ankle sprain that forced her to withdraw after two rounds in Brisbane, her first matches since losing the US Open final?
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Wozniacki, Kvitova head to head for No.1 in WTA rankings, and although the coveted position is pushed aside at the moment, I’m confident that it would be only human for it to be of major concern for Caroline Wozniacki, and a huge incentive for Petra Kvitova to accelerate to the best of her ability to claim the prestigious prize.