Could this be the year that world #1 player, Caroline Wozniacki will make a run for her first major title in her young tennis career? As the 2009 US Open finalist (loss to Kim Clijsters 7-5, 6-3), Wozniacki now has her eye on the trophy. I’m sure she’s under some immense pressure – especially being on the short list of world #1’s who have never won a major title (Jankovic, Safina, and Wozniacki). With Kim Clijsters not playing this year the gloves are off, she’s the #1 seed and she’s ready to close the door on a majorless career.
Of course, there are several obstacles en route to the US Open final; she’s likely to face Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 4th round, who I’m sure will give her a run for her money. The two have faced each other 6 times with Caroline edging the Russian 4 times. I’m certain that Wozniacki will have that match in the bag.
The biggest problem Caroline Wozniacki will face in her side of the draw will be current world #7, Na Li. Li has dominated Caroline 3 out of their 4 meetings, with Li winning the previous 3 meetings. Wozniacki is going to have to buckle down and play some very intelligent tennis to pull out of this potential tennis match as the victor.
Considering a win over Na Li, she could potentially face Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals. Jankovic known for her streaky tennis game, is coming off a solid showing in Cincinnati where she reached the finals and lost to Maria Sharapova. Wozniacki and Jankovic are pretty even in the head to head match ups, but I have the feeling that right now, Wozniacki has the edge. Like all of Caroline’s tennis matches, they will not be easy.
If everything goes in Wozniacki’s favor, she could potentially face 2006 US Open Champion, Maria Sharapova in the finals. Remember this is all “best case scenario” so I’m not calling the 2011 final match just yet. If this final were to happen, I give the edge to Caroline, being that she took out Sharapova on their last hard court meeting this year (Indian Wells). Of course, Sharapova has been playing some exceptional tennis this year reaching the finals at Wimbledon, Winner in Cincinnati, and Rome; so the match up could be extremely hard fought.
If Caroline were to win the 2011 US Open she would finally get off the list I mentioned above, the majorless #1’s list. It’s not going to be easy for Wozniacki by any stretch of the imagination, so either way the US Open should be exciting to watch anyway!