Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki eyes first slam

New world No1 and top seed admits she must now win a major in order to justify her ranking

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Caroline Wozniacki replaced Serena Williams as world No1 last October (Photo: Karl Norling)

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Top seed Caroline Wozniacki believes she is close to claiming that elusive grand slam title as the 20-year-old Dane gears up for her latest bid for a major at the Australian Open.

The new world No1 begins her campaign in Melbourne with a first-round match against Argentina’s Gisela Dulko on Monday and Wozniacki has her sights firmly set on sealing her first major title.

“The aim now is to win a grand slam,” Wozniacki said. “I’m lucky that my game works well on every surface and so I think I’m close to winning one. I have the ability but you need seven good matches and everything has to fall into place. You need the experience, a good draw and some luck.”

Wozniacki, who replaced Serena Williams at the top of the world rankings in October of last year, says holding the top spot is “huge” but admits she must now back up the achievement by winning a grand slam.

“It’s definitely a huge thing for me,” she said of being world No1. “Ever since I was a little girl it was a dream for me to become No1. I’ve been striving for that since I started playing. Of course the second goal is to win a grand slam but, always, this was my first dream.

“I knew if I won my third-round match in Beijing [against Petra Kvitova last October] I’d become No1. So I was nervous but my dad was there and that it made it extra-special – because he’s also my coach.

“For the two of us to be side by side when we had this big celebration on court was great. But it’s probably taken me until now to work out what it really means to achieve this first big dream.”

The Dane admits to not having studied her draw in Melbourne in detail, preferring instead to focus on the challenge at hand. She said: “The only thing I know is that I play Gisela Dulko. But I’ve not looked at the draw at all. I never do because there’s no point. Why try to work out who you might play in the quarter-final when you haven’t even won your first round?

“I know Dulko is not easy. She gets lots of balls back and she likes this surface. So it’s important I only think about her.”

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