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