Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki`s Grand Slam dream ends

Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam

New Delhi: The sunshine girl of tennis, Caroline Wozniacki`s love-hate story with the sport continues. The Dane, who loves to flaunt her affairs with golf sensation, Rory McIlroy, once again failed in the Majors. The season opening Slam in Melbourne thus witnessed, once again, a possible blot in the 23-year-old`s otherwise impressive career.

Once considered a Slam-winning material, the former Junior Wimbledon failed to shine in any of the Major. The lost against Garbine Muguruza in the third round on Rod Laver Arena once again invites arguments on her overall capabilities. Contrary to her miserly Slam show, Caroline has an impressive 21 WTA titles. After turning professional in 2007, she became the world No.1 in 2010 and continue to occupy the top spot next year.

However, despite the raise in the ranking and the favourables draws thus gained in the Grand Slams, her struggle continued. Her best performance in any of the Majors has been at Flushing Meadows. She lost the 2009 US Open final to the wild-card entrant and former top-ranked player, Kim Clijsters. Continuing her good show in the fast court, she reached semi-finals there in the next two editions.

In the Australian Open, another fast court tournament, she managed to reach at least the third round every time she enters the competition. In fact, she was a semi-finalist in 2011 and in the next edition, she reached quarters. In this edition, she has been seeded 10th and met two unseeded players in the previous rounds. After relatively easy outings earlier rounds, she succumbed to the Spaniard in the three sets, ending yet another of her many Slam dreams.

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