Caroline Wozniacki: Former No. 1 Needs Grand Slam Title to Regain Top Spot

Luis BatlleContributor IMay 13, 2012

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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Caroline Wozniacki seems outright impossible to stop in nearly every tournament she competes in, yet when it comes to the ones that count, she has fallen short every single time.

Wozniacki boasts 18 ATP titles for her career but has yet to win the big one: a Grand Slam title.

The closest the Denmark talent got to a Grand Slam title was in her 2009 run at the U.S. Open, where she was defeated by class talent Kim Clijsters in the tournament's final in straight sets.

Other significant runs for the younger talent came in 2010 and 2011 with Wozniacki finishing the 2010 French Open in the quarterfinals and a 2011 Australian Open where her run would end in the semifinals.

Yet what is so wonderful about a talent like Wozniacki is that there is no panic meter going off, nor is there any sign that she is falling off the map.

She is just 21 years of age. Yes, just 21 years old and already she has been a No. 1 and has a whopping 18 titles.

All things considered, she has lived up to the hype and made a name her for herself in the game.

There is no doubt that Wozniacki's youth may be the very reason she was unable to win any Grand Slams. She is younger and less experienced than the majority of her opponents in the later rounds, and has been outworked by those with plenty more experience.

Her loss to Clijsters in the U.S. Open final three years ago came at 18 years of age, while Clijsters had boasted multiple Grand Slam titles and a plethora of experience as a pro. It is absurd to make anything of the fact that she has been unable to win a Grand Slam in her first few years.

There is no denying her impressive forehand, precise backhand and outright control she brings each time she steps on the court. If anything, the fact she has been able to win nearly 20 titles in her first few years as a pro is especially impressive.

It wasn't until around the age of 21 where Serena Williams' career took off for her, either, as she would go on to dominate in 2002.

Wozniacki now sits at No. 6 in the world and continues to impress with her gracious, dominant play. In due time, it would be foolish to think that she doesn't walk away from the game with multiple Grand Slam titles and one of the better careers the sport has seen.