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