Australian Open 2012: Caroline Wozniacki: I’ll get my top spot back
Caroline Wozniacki is sure she will regain her place at the top of the world rankings following her quarter-final exit in Melbourne
Caroline Wozniacki is confident she will reclaim her spot at the top of the world rankings after she was beaten by Kim Clijsters in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
Wozniacki’s exit as a result of the 6-3 7-6 (7-4) defeat means she will lose her No1 spot after having held it for 67 weeks – but she insists she is not worried about her slip down the rankings.
“To be honest, I don’t really think about it,” said Wozniacki. “I have been there for a long time already. I finished [as] No1 two years in a row.
“We are just in January. In the end of the year you see who has played the best, most consistently all year‑round. I will get it back eventually, so I’m not worried.”
The 21-year-old is yet to taste Grand Slam success but she is remaining upbeat over her chances of winning her first Major.
“I start laughing every time because the media talks to me like I’m finishing my career and I only have one year left and time is running out,” she continued.
“The fact is I still have quite a few good years in front of me. I still have a number of Australians and a number of US Opens and Wimbledons and French Opens left.
“I will definitely do my best and try to win one or even more. You can just do your best, you can’t do anything more than that.”
Defending champion Clijsters, who faces Victoria Azarenka for a place in the final in Melbourne, reserved praise for Wozniacki and is confident the Dane is destined to win a Grand Slam.
“She’s worked very hard to get to where she is, and she’s one of the most consistent players,” said Clijsters. “I think she’s great for the game. She’s great for our sport, and she’s a great player. She has really good people around her who tell her to not listen to all that stuff that’s being said in the media room or around her.
“She’s good enough. I think it’s all a matter of experience, and trying to learn from losses and become better every Slam. Then she will definitely get there.”