WOZNIACKI IS NUMBER ONE, BUT NOT THE BEST

Caroline Wozniacki this week became the 20th female player to

ascend to the world number one spot.

It is some achievement for the 20-year-old from Denmark, whose

emergence has been one of the stand-out stories on the

WTA this year.

That she also claimed the China Open yesterday to complete a

wonderful few days says much about her focus; keeping her eye on

the prize despite achieving the more noteworthy feat of topping the

rankings.

”I’m very proud I can call myself the number one in the world

now. It’s an incredible feeling and something I’ve always worked to

achieve,” Wozniacki said.

But is she really the best player in the world?

Quite simply, no.

Her record in grand slams – the benchmark for all players – is

distinctly average.

Her best result was being runner-up to a returning Kim Clijsters

at last year’s US Open while in 2010 all she has been able to

manage is a semi-final run at her preferred Flushing Meadows.

Wozniacki reached the last 16 at the Australian Open and

Wimbledon – where she was hammered 6-2 6-0 by Petra Kvitova – and

fared slightly better at the French, losing to eventual champion

Francesca Schiavone in the quarter-finals.

Compare this to Serena Williams, the player supplanted by

Wozniacki.

In her three grand slams in 2010, Williams has won two – in

Australia and at Wimbledon – and reached the last eight at Roland

Garros.

On the American, Wozniacki commented: ”She’s a great champion.

What she has achieved in her career is a dream for me to

achieve.

”I’ll always see Serena as a big champion. For me right now

though, I should just enjoy my moment.”

It is evident Wozniacki looks up to Williams and so she

should.

The 29-year-old has won both of their two meetings and remains

unquestionably the best player in the world.

That this is this not reflected in the rankings is due to a

number of factors.

Firstly, Williams is a different player at the majors to the one

she is at the regulation tournaments.

Wozniacki has won six events in 2010, Williams two – both grand

slams.

The American also suffered a foot injury after Wimbledon and has

not played since. And the fact she is unlikely to return this year

means she won’t be able to defend the sizeable points tally she

accrued from her victory at the season-ending Tour

Championships.

So Wozniacki’s stay at the top of the rankings could be

prolonged.

Yet come Melbourne at the start of next year, bet on Williams to

once again show who is really at the top of the tree.