Caroline Wozniacki Eliminated by Svetlana Kuznetsova at 2013 Australian Open

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIJanuary 21, 2013

Caroline Wozniacki had a rough 2012, and her 2013 season did not get off to an ideal start at the Australian Open.

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova eliminated the Danish star from competition, as the two-time Grand Slam winner took their Round of 16 battle, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.

Wozniacki reached the semifinal in Melbourne in 2011 and made it to the quarters last year, but was unable to equal her accomplishments from the previous two years.

At just 22 years old, she has already experienced plenty of ups and downs in her career. She reached the U.S. Open final in 2009 and continued her rise by going on to reach the semifinals at three majors before 2011 came to a close. 

She started 2012 as the world's No. 1-ranked player, but a string of disappointing results, including opening-round exits at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, caused her to fall all the way to No. 10 in one year’s time. 

During this disappointing stretch, she fired two coaches. Now, as The New York Times’ Christopher Clarey notes, Wozniacki will stick with the team of coaches that helped her flourish in 2010 and 2011, which is led by her father, Piotr.

This is certainly a disappointing start, but the season is young, and the talented Dane still has an extremely bright future with no shortage of chances to rediscover her winning form of years past.

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