Wozniacki Can Take No. 1 This Week in Beijing: Preview

by Staff | October 2nd, 2010, 12:13 pm

The seemingly unstoppable (when the Williams sisters are sidelined with injury) Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed this week at the China Open in Beijing, which has seen the loss the three Top 5 players due to injury — Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
Wozniacki will be the favorite after coming off the Tokyo title last week, and could see a rematch of the Tokyo final in the Beijing semifinals if the Dane and Elena Dementieva live up to their seedings.

Other Top 8-seeded players are Vera Zvonareva, former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, Francesca Schiavone, Aggie Radwanska, and Victoria Azarenka.

Other players of note are No. 10 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and No. 12 Maria Sharapova.

After a bye, Wozniacki will open against the winner of (WC) Shuai Peng and Sara Errani.

Other opening-round matches of interest are No. 11 Marion Bartoli vs. former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, No. 16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Kaia Kanepi, No. 5 Schiavone after a bye likely facing Daniela Hantuchova, and the No. 2 Zvonareva vs. former No. 1 Dinara Safina in an all-Russian encounter.

Kuznetsova is the defending champ, and Wozniacki could take over the No. 1 spot on the WTA Rankings this week with a deep run. Wozniacki is 0-6 career against the Williams sisters. The only four Top 20 players missing are the Williams sisters, Clijsters and Justine Henin.

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4 Comments for Wozniacki Can Take No. 1 This Week in Beijing: Preview

zola Says:

How long is Serena going to be out?
If Wozniacki becomes number one the debate of “the best player” will resurface. I think whoever becomes number 1, IS the number 1. They get there because they play more matches and get more points.

Mister Says:

Serena is the only #1, if Wozniacki gets to be the world #1 without winning a GS she will face the curse. The curse that J. Jankovic & D. Safina faced and where are they now?

mmm Says:

It’s hard for me to get behind Serena (as a fan) since she only plays 3 months a year. The other ladies on tour play a full schedule (10 months!) each year and Caroline will deserve the #1 ranking if she takes it. She does have a horrible record against top players though.

Bing Says:

Caro’s being #1 is the greatest joke ever. Yeah, on paper she is. But in reality, she did not even reach a GS final this year. Much less winning one. Oh wait, she didn’t even feature in a GS semi-final, except for US open. #1? Yeah, right!

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