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Caroline Wozniacki: Former World No. 1 Will Continue to Slide

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 06:  Tennis player Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball to 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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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 12, 2012

Caroline Wozniacki may have once been the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world according to the rankings, but we all know she was never the top player on the circuit.

Since her WTA debut in 2005, Wozniacki has won 18 singles titles, but she has never been able to win a major championship, and that's the true test of an elite player.

On Friday at the Madrid Open, Wozniacki predictably lost to Serena Williams in three sets, falling in the third round of the tournament. She lost in three sets despite winning the first set, 6-1.

This is the life of Wozniacki, who has never been able to live up to her world No. 1 ranking. In fact, she's played worse this year; she doesn't have a single WTA title. She's gotten by on consistency throughout her career, but she's not even being consistent this year.

You wonder if the pressure has taken its toll on Wozniacki. She's basically the Andy Murray of women's tennis: always close to a major championship, but never gets it done. Williams admittedly got off to a sluggish start on Friday in Madrid, but was still able to make a rousing comeback while Wozniacki faltered.

The truth is, Wozniacki has never had superstar talent. She rarely beats herself, which is why she has 18 WTA singles titles, but when it comes to raising it up a notch, she simply doesn't have that extra gear that the elite players do.

That's why players like Williams overtake her in big tournaments:they reach a second level, while she isn't able to rise to the occasion.

Wozniacki is still a Top-10 tennis player on the WTA circuit, but it's pretty evident by now that she never was an elite player.


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