By Josh Kramer
When the next WTA rankings are released, there will be a new world number one in Women’s tennis. How many of you out there are actually aware of who the current number one player on the WTA tour is? I am sure for the vast majority of my casual fans; you had to really think about that one. Well I will give you a hint. She has been ranked number one for 67 of the past 68 weeks. That probably did not help. Here is the giveaway hint. She is currently dating rising PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy. I bet every one of my casual fans can name the top four players on the ATP tour in the present though. Who doesn’t know about the “Fantastic Four?”
As I have said on this blog before, the WTA tour has turned into a Nancy Drew novel. It is a complete mystery. Nobody has a semblance of clue about what is going to happen next. We can be sure that when the new rankings are released, Caroline Wozniacki will no longer be the number one ranked player in the world.
You can thank savvy veteran Kim Clijsters for making this happen. Clijsters took the barely legal (21-year-old) world number one to school in the quarterfinals. It is not often that you see a world number 14 defeat the top ranked player with such ease. Well that is women’s tennis for you. In my Australian Open Preview, I did not even list Wozniacki as a contender or dark horse. How many times is the number one ranked player in the world not considered at least a threat to bring home the title? There is no rhyme or reason to it. Sports being unpredictable is one thing. But the fact that Wozniacki has been number one for well over a year straight just seems illogical. Either way, the beat goes on.
Now back to the subject at hand. Did you realize that Caroline Wozniacki has spent more time ranked number one than the player who just dismantled her (Kim Clijsters), Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Tracy Austin, and Jennifer Capriati. The difference is each of these dynamic players won multiple major championships during the course of her career. Maybe it is a flawed system. Maybe it is a sign that the rankings should be done differently. Either way I do know one thing.
Caroline Wozniacki will be asked one question for the rest of her career until she wins a major. “You have never won a Grand Slam. How do you explain your current ranking?”
Oh, the “Woes” of being Caroline Wozniacki.
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