Wozniacki keeps top ranking, but grand slam demons remain

Caroline Wozniacki exits the Australian Open with her world number one ranking intact.

Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 15:45 PM IST

Melbourne: Caroline Wozniacki exits the Australian Open with her world number one ranking intact, but her semi-final surrender to China`s Li Na will stand as another missed opportunity to silence her critics with grand slam success.

The 20-year-old Dane dominated for the better part of two sets on Thursday, but crumbled when serving for the match to allow confidence player Li to grind out the win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena.
"I still had chances even after I lost that match point. I was serving, I had opportunities to go 6-6 (in the second set)," said a downcast Wozniacki, whose lone grand slam final ended with defeat to Belgian Kim Clijsters at the US Open.

"If you don`t take your chances, yeah, you lose the match. That`s what happened today. One ball could make a big difference."

"I could have been sitting here as the winner. But could have, would have, if I would have done something different."

"Right now, of course it`s a bit disappointing. I just need to get through this one. I need to get back on the practice court and keep working hard and I`m sure I`ll have more chances in the future."

Wozniacki grew tired of media questions about her number one ranking and ran her own post-match news conference after reaching the fourth round.

The ebullient Dane later concocted a tale about a kangaroo scratching, after worrying that media had thought her measured responses boring.

On Thursday, the accusation was that her game was too boring, after failing to land a killer blow and then not lifting the aggression in the third set to match the feisty Chinese.
"I don`t know. I don`t really think about that," Wozniacki said. "I was just trying to keep on going."

"I was trying to take one ball at a time, and that`s it. That wasn`t enough today, so, you know, it`s just bad luck."

"I will come back. Just need to have an hour or two and I`ll be back and on the right track again."

Bureau Report