Caroline Wozniacki: Stumble Against Serena in Madrid Hurts French Open Chances

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 10, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 06:  Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark looks on during her match against Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan during the second day of the WTA Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open Tennis on May 6, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
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Caroline Wozniacki hasn’t found much success recently and has never won a major tournament during her young career.

Unfortunately, a loss to Serena Williams on the blue clay at the Madrid Open does not bode well for her chances to get that weight off of her shoulders at the French Open.

Wozniacki blew her shot to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament on Thursday afternoon by falling to Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Even though the unconventional clay has drawn criticism from a number of top players, the fact remains that it is still a similar surface to what will be played on at Roland Garros in late May to early June.

The 21-year-old Dane has got to improve her play on that surface type if she wants any hope of advancing past the quarterfinals—her best finish at the French Open since she turned pro in 2007.

Wozniacki was the No. 1 seed in last year’s event but eventually fell in the third round to Daniela Hantuchova. It was just another disappointment in a long string of majors for the former world No. 1.

It’s been a tough 2012 for the young star. Wozniacki is just 18-8 in singles matches, and has yet to win a singles title at any event. In contrast to 2010 and 2011, when she garnered six titles in each season, this is a particularly down year.

Wozniacki has a lot of work to do between now and the French Open if she even wants a chance at capturing her first major victory.