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French Open 2011: Why Caroline Wozniacki Still Won't Win Her 1st Grand Slam

Carrie DunnAnalyst IIMay 25, 2011

French Open 2011: Why Caroline Wozniacki Still Won't Win Her 1st Grand Slam

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a forehand during the women's singles round two match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2011 in Par
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    Caroline Wozniacki must be sick of being billed as the world No. 1 who still hasn't won a Grand Slam. 

    But that's what she is. 

    And, unfortunately for her, as much as she may want it, it's not going to change at Roland Garros this year, I'm afraid. And here are just some of the reasons why.

Wozniacki's Roland Garros Form Is Poor

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 25:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a backhand during the women's singles round two match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada on day four of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2011 in Par
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    Her best run ever at the French Open was last year. Admittedly, that was a quarterfinal exit to the eventual champion Francesca Schiavone, which is not to be sneezed at. But the years before that don't instil one with confidence either: twice knocked out in the third round and once at the very first hurdle.

Wozniacki's Grand Slam Form Is Poor

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    PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves during the women's singles round one match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2011 in Paris, France.
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    When was Wozniacki's last singles Grand Slam final? You have to go back to the 2009 US Open for that.

    She got to the semifinal there last year as well and to the Australian Open semifinal at the start of this year, but that's it. Her WTA record is still good—of course, else she wouldn't be world No. 1 (four titles so far this year)—but somehow she doesn't cut it on the big occasions.

Wozniacki Will Have To Contend with Kim Clijsters

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    KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 29:  Kim Clijsters of Belgium runs towards the net against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during the Sony Ericsson Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 29, 2011 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    As far as I'm concerned, Kim Clijsters is the No. 2 seed only in name. She's the best player in the field by a long streak, and what's more, her return to the tour after her career break has shown that she still knows how to win the big titles.

    Clijsters will be desperate to make her comeback at Roland Garros a championship-winning one, and as yet, I've seen no reason to think it won't be.

Wozniacki Has a Tough Road to the Final

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    ROME, ITALY - MAY 14:  Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark serves during her semi final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day seven of the Internazoinali BNL D'Italia at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre  on May 14, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Cli
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    Wozniacki has a tough third-round draw against Daniela Hantuchova, who's been around the tour for years and has great tournament experience. If she gets past her, she'll have the even tougher task of facing former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

    This will be a rough ride—and if Wozniacki does make it as far as the final, she'll have certainly proved herself as a top Grand Slam singles player. I don't see it happening this year, though.

    What do you think? 

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