Australian Open 2012 Predictions: Why Caroline Wozniacki Won't Exit Quickly

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJanuary 13, 2012

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 04:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a shot in her singles match against Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria during day five of the 2012 Hopman Cup at The Burswood Dome on January 4, 2012 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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The especially talented No. 1 seed Caroline Wozniacki is just 21 years of age and has already taken the sport of tennis by storm as the world's top-ranked player.

However, heading into the 2012 Australian Open the doubt continues to loom large as despite the numerous victories and 18 singles titles, she is still yet to win a Grand Slam.

Yet, it's those same doubters that fail to give her the credit due for her winning play throughout the course of an entire season.

Entering her sixth year as a pro and the 2012 Australian Open, Wozniacki has her best years ahead of her in the sport. For her career she has recorded an solid 298 wins, 63 of which came last season. These wins last season were paired with just 17 losses.

According to, she will also be good to go after the wrist injury she recently suffered. The MRI revealed it was simply inflammation of the wrist and nothing more, as this will inevitably help her chances at putting forth a strong run at the Aussie Open.

Aside from her No. 1 ranking and solid win percentage, Wozniacki is a sure-fire threat in this tournament due to her strong success at the Australian Open in years past.

In the last three seasons, Wozniacki has made significant improvement in her play at the Aussie Open.

Three seasons ago, she was taken down in the third round. In 2010, Li Na got the best of her in the fourth round. Last season, Na would take down Wozniacki in the semifinals in a match Wozniacki let slip from her grasp.

In last year's match- where she played arguably her best tennis of any outing at the Australian Open to start the match- she would win the first set 6-3 and looked to be in full control. Li Na, who has consistently had Wozniacki's number as of late and a 3-1 record against her, pushed back with two dominant 7-5, 6-3 sets to go on to the final.

Na would later go up a set in the final against Kim Clijsters before Clijsters eventually picked up her game and went on to win the 2011 championship.

What makes Wozniacki such a great player is her special attention to detail and strong overall game at such a young age. The expectations have been especially high for Wozniacki, yet the truth is she has several years before she necessarily has to be consistently winning Grand Slams. The truth of the matter is that she just 21 years old.

In 2012, based on her steadily improves play at the Australian Open as well as her strong foundation in the wins column, there is no doubt that Wozniacki is set to make a strong run in this year's tourney.

It can be understood with utmost clarity that she is evidently improving in the sport and is inching that much closer to a Grand Slam title. Will it be at the 2012 Australian Open? Perhaps. Does she have the ability to win one 2012? Absolutely.