Stosur Stomps Out Wozniacki’s Bid to Clinch No. 1
by Staff | October 27th, 2010, 10:06 pm

Caroline Wozniacki needed a win today to lock-up the 2010 No. 1 ranking, but Aussie Samantha Stosur prevailed 6-4, 6-3 in the WTA Championships in Doha. ADHEREL

“Anytime you beat the No.1 player in the world it’s a good thing,” said Stosur who is 2-0 thus far in the round-robin competition. “It’s so exciting to be here. Everything seems to be coming together. Hopefully I can keep playing like this.”

Wozniacki, the current No. 1, won her opening match yesterday and a win today would have secured the No. 1 ranking over Vera Zvonareva.

“I think I had break points in almost every game in the first set, and I didn’t take any of them. Sam had one and she took it,” Wozniacki said after the match. “I never like losing. I prefer to win. But Sam was playing well today and it was tough. Hopefully I can win tomorrow so I can be through to the semifinals.”

With Vera Zvonareva also winning today – she beat Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-4 – Wozniacki will have another chance tomorrow to clinch No. 1 by defeating Francesca Schiavone in her final round-robin match.

In the other White Group match, playing in her first tournament since her US Open triumph, Kim Clijsters easily beat the ailing Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 6-2.

“It wasn’t my best tennis, but it was good enough,” said the two-time champion Clijsters. “I felt I did a lot of good things, and there are a few things I need to tweak. The more matches I get, the better.”

Tomorrow, Championships debutant Stosur can win the Maroon Group by defeating Elena Dementieva. Should Wozniacki lose tomorrow, Zvonareva would overtake her for the No. 1 ranking by winning on Friday and going on the take the tournament title Sunday.

Thursday’s schedule:
Samantha Stosur vs. Elena Dementieva
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Francesca Schiavone
Kim Clijsters vs. Victoria Azarenka

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6 Comments for Stosur Stomps Out Wozniacki’s Bid to Clinch No. 1

Kimo Says:

The number of comments on this thread just shows how interested everyone is in the WTA’s YEC….NOT.

BT Says:

Good win for Sam.

I think Clijsters will win the title.

Kimberly Says:

kimo—lol. If there were a halfway decent mens tourney this week I probably wouldn’t even be following at all.

BT–agreed but I’m putting her just a step above the Williams on her level of interest in the tour. Its really sad when three of the top players can hardly be bothered.

Michael Kennedy Says:

It is truly a strange tournament without the Williams sisters. I think we all feel like Kim Clijsters is the main attraction follow by Caroline Wozniaki. Even though it seems like the Williams sisters should be there, I think many agree that Serena’s fan base has never really recovered from her freak out attack on the linesperson at the 2009 US Open. While the public may accept thugs in Football and Basketball, tennis does not.

One other person I hear that a lot of people are watching is the sentimental favorite, Sam Stosur. If you like the unexpected underdog type story, you have to love Sam Stosur. I would watch just for that.

Kimmi Says:

great win by Kim. azarenka fought her hearts out to win the second set..she then looked out of gas.

Kim and vera has qualified in their group

Stosur and probably wozniacki will qualify in the other group.

Hope we get great matches in the semi

Siddy Says:

More of a reflection of interest in Wozniacki. Most people just thinks she is a place holder until Serena starts playing again. The real battle for the best is between Serena, Henin, and Cljisters.

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