Petra Kvitova is just four match wins from becoming the new WTA No. 1. Kvitova is guaranteed to pass world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki provided the Czech can win this week’s Sydney tournament.
Kvitova is the No. 2 seed at the tournament behind Wozniacki, and as of the January 2 rankings she was just 115 points behind the Dane. The Sydney winner earns 470 WTA ranking points.
Wozniacki has held the No. 1 ranking for 65 weeks through January 9.
“Now I am [aware] but it doesn’t really matter,” Wozniacki told The Age. ”I finished the year as No. 1 twice in a row and very few people have done that and very few people have finished No. 1 and very few people have held on to the No. 1 ranking.
”I’ve held it for 64 weeks, so that’s a lot and a great achievement and it’s always been a dream of mine to reach that ranking, but now it’s just about improving my game and to try to win as many matches as I can.”
The 21-year-old Kvitova won Wimbledon last year and ended 2011 on a 12-match win streak with titles at Linz and the WTA Championships. She also beat Wozniacki at the Hopman Cup exo last week. Though the lefty doesn’t sound all that excited about reach the top of the WTA.
“Not really,” Kvitova said when asked last week of her desire to become No. 1. “My goal is only focus on my improving game.”
Both Kvitova and Wozniacki open with byes in Sydney. Kvitova could meet Sam Stosur in the quarters, Vera Zvonareva in the semifinals. Wozniacki is seeded to meet Aga Radwanska in her quarter, Victoria Azarenka in the semis.
Regardless of the outcome at Sydney, Wozniacki will still be the top seed at the Australian Open followed by No. 2 Kvitova. Australian Open seedings are based on the January 9 rankings.
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