Wozniacki Beats Schiavone, Secures WTA No. 1; Isner v. Monfils in France Friday
by Sean Randall | October 28th, 2010, 7:56 pm
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Congratulations to Caroline Wozniacki who clinched the year-end 2010 No. 1 ranking today after beating Francesca Schiavone at the Doha Championships.

Wozniacki, whose best Grand Slam result of the season was a semifinal at the US Open, becomes the 20th player in the history of the WTA to finish a season No. 1. The Dane and 2008 No. 1 Jelena Jankovic are the only two players among the 20 without a Slam title on their resume. My guess is at just 20, Wozniacki will get a win eventually.

“This has been the most amazing year in my career, during which I realized my dream of becoming No.1,” said Wozniacki after her 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Schiavone. “Capturing year-end No.1 is a huge accomplishment for me and I am thrilled that all the hard work has paid off.”

The win also puts Wozniacki into the semifinals, alongside Vera Zvonareva, Kim Clijsters and Sam Stosur.

Clijsters clinched her spot with a tough 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Victoria Azarenka. Stosur was defeated by Elena Dementieva 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) but still qualified under the tiebreaking system.

“I did know that going in, so I was obviously happy once I won the first set, but I really wanted to win the match,” said Stosur of need just a set to advance. “You always want to win the matches when you’re on the court, but in the end it’s still a positive and I’m through.”

With Wozniacki’s No. 1, there’s not much left to talk about in Doha, but things are heating up for the men this week. Tomorrow in Moscow, Russians Mikhail Youhzny and Dmitry Tursunov headline play. Vienna on Friday features Jurgen Melzer, Marin Cilic and Marcos Baghdatis.

But France will has the best matches in Montpellier with JW Tsonga v. Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils v. John Isner plus Nikolay Davydenko and Ivan Ljubicic are also in action.

MONTPELLIER FRIDAY SCHEDULE

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] N Davydenko (RUS) vs [6] A Montanes (ESP)
[5] J Isner (USA) vs [3] G Monfils (FRA)
[4] I Ljubicic (CRO) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
Not Before 7:00 PM
G Simon (FRA) vs [2] J Tsonga (FRA)
[3] W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA) / J Ouanna (FRA)


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57 Comments for Wozniacki Beats Schiavone, Secures WTA No. 1; Isner v. Monfils in France Friday

Kimmi Says:

btw, is Montpellier a new tournament? before this week, i never heard about it before.

monfils is another one of my faves left in the draw..davydenko too. lets see how they do tomorrow.


Gregoire Gentil Says:

There is definitely much talk to do about Doha. Woman tennis on tennis-x is really the third wheel…

Have you noticed that Caroline could be out if Dementieva wins in two sets and with the good number of games? Remember the story of last year on the men side which Murray (if I remember correctly) was out in the same conditions. What will be the stance of Schiavone??? I need to calculate the number of games of Dementieva but she lost badly against Wozniacki.

This rule of better number of games is odd. A better rule would be to qualify the winner of the match between the two (in this case Caro !!!!) And what about if they have the same delta of games. I remember some discussion last year that they will toss up. Scary if it’s true.

Hope Caro will make it ;-) Go Caro!


Gregoire Gentil Says:

Apologize! According to http://www.wtatour.com/news/20101028/and-then-there-were-four_2256076_2200291, it seems that Caro made the cut. Super cool!

But I’m confused, Dementieva can still finish with 2 wins/1 loss like Caro. So which rule applies?

BTW, objectively ;-), Caro looks the best on the pictures of the link mentioned above.


Hypnos Says:

“There is definitely much talk to do about Doha. Woman tennis on tennis-x is really the third wheel…”

What’s the second wheel?


jane Says:

margot, did you see the nice photo of Andy M at his brother’s wedding? The boys are in kilts. I saw it at Andy Murray.com. Kim’s in that photo as well- all looking very dapper and cheerful. :)


margot Says:

jane: yes, I did ta. He scrubs up very nicely these days ;) Did u c it on “Murraysworld”? Best site, I find 4 Andy. Also, really nice article, “The Curious Case of Andy Murray” by Alexandra Willis in “The Independant.” Another good newspaper.
BTW “Chinatown” got best ever pic for pre 1980 film !!!!!!!! Polls are such fun ;)


margot Says:

jane: duh, just read u didn’t c it there! Too early 4 me, obviously :)


jane Says:

margot, will have to check out Murraysworld more then; I notice the bros are teaming up in doubles at Valencia as well. Good on them. “Chinatown”? Not my pick. But hard to pick just one anyhow. Will look up that article; hope Murray not aging backwards or anything ;)


Vulcan Says:

Jane, margot:

You two seem to have a pretty good pulse on what is going on over in the UK when it comes to Murray. Do you think the British public think he has a better chance of winning Wimbledon than Henman did? Does the same “Henman Hill” and “Cooooomeon Tim” fervor exist for Murray as did for Henman? Henman was an attacking player back when the courts were fast…Murray is more of an all court player with the Wimby courts now slower. I think Henman had the better shot at doing it.


margot Says:

Vulcan: the crowd loved Henman, God knows why. He’s middle class/establishment and was a product of the LTA. His grannie or gt grannie played at Wimbledon blah, blah. To a large extent Andy is an “outsider” – Scottish, shy, inarticulate, learnt his craft in Barcelona, etc. Of course the “Great British Public” would love a Brit to win Wimbledon but, for 11 months of the year, they couldn’t care less about him.
Disagree with you re Henman, Andy is a much better player and has far more chance than Tim ever had, but…he’s gonna have to win a slam somewhere else first, to take the pressure off.
After all, Rafa did it :)


jane Says:

margot, have just read the article, and a fine one it is, since it forcusses more on the lad than the tennis, for a nice change.

Vulcan, since I am in Western Canada, I’ll leave margot, a UK dweller, to answer your UK-related questions; I am curious about them too. However, I personally think that Murray will win Wimbledon one day; for whatever reason, I enjoy watching him most on grass, although I know he’s had best success on hardcourt. I think his touch and variety translate well to grass. Henman, while having a lot of flare in his game as well, didn’t have quite the confidence I think Murray has. Murray doesn’t have to serve & volley to win Wimbledon. If he can simply serve well, the rest of his game can and should do the job. But we’ll see.


Fedend Says:

Murray will remain a strong second favorite at Wimby for the next three years, and he will definitely win when Rafa falters there which is bound to happen sooner than later. He has to remain patient and try to go deeper consistently and then he will get a chance like Federer did at FO.


margot Says:

Fedend: ah, I forgive u 4 forgetting about Andy on other thread..;)
jane: glad u liked that re Andy, I did too. read somewhere else he really misses “Maggie Mae” when he’s away. Bless. But have u heard of latest injury ?? Hilarious! Honestly, he’s just a kid.
gr8 quote re Chinatown “it’s a wonderful film but it has a cold heart.” Yep. Have just seen such a lovely film: Jean Becker’s “Dialogue avec Mon Jardinier.” In the midst of these dark times, truly life enhancing.


Vulcan Says:

Wow, Murray over Federer as a second favorite? I’m not sure I wouldn’t even continue to keep Federer as my pick to win there…over the years I’ve always been amazed out how players tend do well at tournaments that they have had previous success at. Maybe it’s just being familiar with the conditions and the nuances of the tournament that puts players in a comfort zone that allows them to perform well but I suspect it is something more…maybe Von can chime in here but there has to be a psych term for feeling the good vibe from previous success so much that it allows you to perform well again.


Vulcan Says:

Margot,

Henman always struck me as just a tad pompous (notice the use of the word pompous here as opposed to arrogant – much in the same way as the lunatic, in the movie Speed who, when accused of being crazy, responded “I’m not crazy, I’ve got two million dollars, I’m eccentric”) – I remember when he beat Roddick in Paris (a match that I thoroughly enjoyed) in twin tiebreakers and I think that was the point at which I thought – hey this guy can do some serious damage…twas not to be. I would compare his game most to Edberg’s in that he had the booming kick serve, the awkward forward, the dominant backhand, and well, similar volleying skills (this is probably where the comparison falls short). It’s because his game was so similar to Edberg’s at a time when that was a winning game to have at Wimbledon that I thought he had a good shot.


margot Says:

Vulcan: I love your quotes. Yes, he was/is a pompous git, not arrogant I agree, very middle England! Ah well, although, I believe he beat a young Fed at Wimbledon and his volleying skills were brilliant, he lived in the age of Fed, alas. Also, he just lacked that killer instinct, remember that pathetic fist pump? Yuk!


Fedend Says:

Vulcan,
For all the great things he has done in his career, someday he should become an underdog due to aging.
I wont consider the 3o yr old Federer as a top 3 favorite in any of the slams.
Istill favor Nole to have very good end to 2010 and snatch the number ranking from Federer.
And most probably Federer will never ever be seeded 1 or 2 in slams in future.
You know very well about the favors (draws, schedule, etc) he will be missing if he is not seeded at the top.
If he gets seeded at 3 or below he will have to get past atleast 3 among Murray, Nole, Delpotro, Soderling, Berdych and the GLADIATOR. That will be close to impossible.


Kimmi Says:

ah monfils wins after losing the first set. great come back. too bad for isner, but has he ever had a big win..like a top 10 player? always seem to stuggle when playing players that moves and return serve well..

davydenko loses a strange match. you would think no-one wanted to win in that match. montanes was serving for the match twice, davy keep breaking back but cant hold his own serve..definetly no confidence.

btw the lucky loset that replace gulbis in vienna beats muster in his first round, seppi in the second round and now cilic. ha-ha he is in the semi..he must thank gulbis for giving him a chance. good on him!


Kimmi Says:

OK, isner beat roddick..so he had a big win!


Kimberly Says:

Kimmi, I stick to my guns, Davy,cilic, verdasco…bracket breakers!


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – they can probably win one match..but i agree with you, never to take them to the qtrs or even R16.


Kimmi Says:

melzer playing well, just beats almagro in straights to move to the final. he wants to defende his title.


Kimmi Says:

draw in valencia is out. Muzza starts with feli lopez..hmmm tough first round. tsonga in the qtrs, verdasco or davy in the semi.

the way verdasco and davydenko are playing, i wonder who will get to the semi.

soda pop has the toughest in imo. montanes first round. probably almagro in the second. wawa or monfils in the qtr. ferrer or youzhny in the semi.

bring it on..


margot Says:

kimmi: oh, easy 4 Andy at the mo., seems to have hit some nice form :) R u watching Tsonga v monfils? Am really looking forward to this on. I love Tsonga but dearie me, he is hot/cold, not just in same match but in same game!


margot Says:

PS If u r, who was seeded 1, do u know?


Kimmi Says:

margot – i hope its still easy for andy. he needs to continue his good form. Go andy. lets defend the title.

I am watching youz/ tursunov at the mo. let me switch to tsonga/ monfils..i was waiting for that match to start.

davydenko was seeded # 1 in montpellier. he lost to montanes yesterday, who lost to ljubo today…

I like monfils margot. go la monf.


margot Says:

kimmi: yes, Go Andy go!
Ah, poor Davy, not playing well is he? Can hardly believe he won year end 2009. What a difference a year makes. Watching these two: quite similar, athletic, huge forehands, big serves, main difference is Tsonga’s backhand is much steadier, I’ve just noticed Monfils runs round his at every opportunity.


margot Says:

Hmm, nice tennis from Monfils game 9 but generally not gr8 :( Too many netted backhands and wild forehands from both. Must be really difficult, I suppose to play someone u know that well.


Kimmi Says:

monfils is having a great tie break so far.


margot Says:

Well, well, first set to Monfils looking by far the more calm, mature and composed of the two. what is the world coming to? Tennis has picked up kimmi.


Kimmi Says:

yeah, forst set monfils. needs to keep it up.

i am watching the girls too margot. stosur and kim on court. go kim.


Kimmi Says:

forst – should be “first”


margot Says:

Go kim too :) after all she has your name ;)


Kimmi Says:

tsonga with a break point and he breaks,

ah, the lucky loser in vienna serving for the match for the final. what a run


Kimmi Says:

kim got broken right off the bat..not good


Kimmi Says:

ah the lucky loser got broken while serving for the match…danger time


Kimmi Says:

stusor is plating well and her kick serve is working so far.


margot Says:

second to Tsonga who is playing better. He’s all crash, bang, wallop though isn’t he, not too much subtlety. Gr8 when it works but so prone to not.


Kimmi Says:

plating..ouch! that should be playing.

LL serving for the match, gets broken then loses the tie break..third set here we come, cant see his chances now i am afraid


Kimmi Says:

tsonga coming back, he looks the better player now.

kim breaks back. 3-3


Kimmi Says:

margot – just when i was giving up for monfils he breaks. 3-2


Kimmi Says:

la monf wins. sorry margot. next time for tsonga


margot Says:

kimmi: don’t mind at all, like Monfils very much too! He deserved to win, Tsonga’s game was littered with errors. I suppose he hasn’t played that much lately. Is this the first time Monfils has beaten him? Hope he wins tomorrow, that’d be nice for the French.
Maybe catch you tomorrow, kimmi :)


Kimmi Says:

yay! kim first set in the bag..

in vienna, the Lucky loser is up a break in the third. serving for the match again. very impressed the way he was able to compose himself. i hope he wins.


Kimmi Says:

wow! the LL ranked 157 is in the final in vienna. congrats for the win. I didn’t give him a chance after he lost that second set. he was able to regroup and play his bet tennis to win..


margot Says:

Ah yes, re kim, excellent. Sometimes think Stosur’s a bit flaky in key moments.
kimmi: never heard of this “lucky loser” !


jane Says:

Ljub vs. Monfils – that could be fun. Ljub can play the role of the “old” grim reaper guy, versus the young and crazy-haired hometown whippersnapper. : ) Gotta catch that match but so early!


Kimmi Says:

yeah, jane! but i say go the crazy-haired hometown whippersnapper ha-ha

hmm somehow kim was not tested in this match, congrats to her though. final will be tough…

margot – never heard of this lucky loser either. he was in after gulbis pulled out. he really used his lucky to the fullest.

he playes the homeboy favorite melzer in the final


Kimmi Says:

wow! zvonareva has no chance against wozniacki. are we going to see a bagel? yes, there is a begal..

final

kim vs wozniacki


jane Says:

I don’t know Kimmi: I check and the bald bomber is 4-2 over the young whippersnapper. : ) Mind you, one win was due to retirement and Monfils is playing with crowd support, which he loves. So it could be a great match.


Kimmi Says:

jane- have you seen the basel draw.

ah, federer side gets roddick and nalby..hmm tough one for federer i think!

http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/328/mds.pdf


Kimmi Says:

federer opens up with dolgo and djoko opens up with ernie..all the up and coming!


jane Says:

Thanks Kimmi! No, I had not seen it. Methinks Nole will have a tough time of defending his title! And Fed will have his work cut out getting to the final. It’s a loaded draw this year, so many players have decided to descend on the Swiss’s home turf : ). Guys like Nalby have played there for some time I think, but Berdy, Roddick, Melzer, Baggy, Ernie – I think for a lot of them this is their first go round at Basel. I bet it’s an awesome place to go, and this can only be good for the tournament.


Kimmi Says:

i agree, a lot of newbies this year.

is ljubicic playing 4 or is it 5 weeks in a row? good for him he is not going all the way coz he would be tired methinks. he is in the final in montpollier this week. semi in stockholm last week. lost to djoko second round in shanghai and before that lost to ferrer in semi in beijing. busy schedule.

lets see how far he gets in basel


sar Says:

Ana Ivanovic splits with coach Heinz Gunthardt.
on Oct.30, 2010,
Ana and Heinz Gunthardt have ceased their coaching relationship. The pair began working together in February, with Gunthardt serving as Ana’s coach through to this month’s China Open. Although the Swiss was an almost ever-present figure at Ana’s tournaments during this time, he combined the role with his position as lead commentator for Swiss television. “I’m very grateful to Heinz for all his hard work, and for sharing his knowledge with me,” said Ana. “We had nice success together and we definitely made improvements to my game. “Looking ahead, I really need a full-time coach who is with me at all tournaments and during training periods. Heinz has family and other obligations, which I fully respect, so he is unable to give me the kind of commitment I am looking for.”

Gunthardt said: “It’s been a real pleasure working with Ana. She’s got lots of talent and I feel in the last few months the hard work that we have put in started to pay off. If Ana feels she needs a coach at her side full-time to be able to further improve, it cannot be me.” “I wish her all the best and I will be supporting her.”


sar Says:

Jane, first Nole has to get past Gulbis. I don’t know how much energy he wants to spend here with Paris coming up. I’d tell him to try to get to quarters……


jane Says:

Makes sense sar: Paris is more points so better to put his energy into that. On the other hand, i am sure he’ll try his best at Basel.

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