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Caroline Wozniacki has ended the past two years as the World No.1, a difficult feat and one she should be proud of. However, the current World No.4 wasn’t the top women’s player because she stood out from her rivals. It is because she managed win that extra match or tournament. That is how close knit women’s tennis is at the moment.
Unlike the ATP World Tour, where Novak Djokovic is dominating every tournament he enters, you would have to go back to the likes of Justine Henin (specifically in 2006-7) to find a player that was one level above their opponents. Since then, we have had the likes of Safina, Ivanovic, Jankovic, none of which have been able to assert that kind of authority.
There is no doubt that Wozniacki has done extremely well over the past few seasons. However, she hasn’t been able to capture a Grand Slam. If she were to win one, this is what she should draw from Djokovic: play less tournaments and focus on the big prizes. In 2011, Djokovic only played 15 tournaments. On the other hand, Wozniacki played 23 tournaments. Instead of wasting energy and playing tournaments with minimal competition, put your feet up and prepare for ones that count. In this case, it is the Grand Slams.