Top Ranked Women’s Tennis Players
January 23, 2012 by staff
Top Ranked Women’s Tennis Players, Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, kept alive her hopes of retaining that title Sunday night with a 6-0, 7-5 win over a former No. 1 seed, Jelena Jankovic, at the fourth round of the Australian Open.
With playing styles that Ricardo Sanchez – Wozniacki’s current coach (and Jankovic’s former coach) – admits are similar, like speed, defense and superior backhand to forehand, the match was often less about tactics and more about execution. And in terms of consistency, Wozniacki won decisively, hitting only 15 unforced errors (11 on her weaker forehand wing) to Jankovic’s 50.
“She was, you know, not giving me anything,” Jankovic said after the match. “Especially in the first set, I was just making errors and errors. I just couldn’t, you know, play those long, long rallies, and I was always the first one to kind of, you know, give up on the balls and kind of make the mistakes.”
Wozniacki’s ability to get the better of Jankovic in long rallies excited her brother Patrik, the newest full-time member of her large entourage, who stood with a raised fist in the front row of her player’s box on several occasions.
The match was the second battle of current or former No. 1′s at the tournament, following the injury-marred second-round encounter between Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick.
Wozniacki needed to reach the quarterfinals to have a shot of retaining her No. 1 ranking, which could still be taken by Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka or Maria Sharapova by the tournament’s end. Should all four players in contention lose their next matches, there would be a rare tie at the top spot, with both Wozniacki and Azarenka holding 7,085 ranking points.
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