After her exit to Barbora Strycova at Wimbledon last year Caroline Wozniacki’s form massively increased in the second half of the season winning the title in Istanbul runner up at the US Open and Tokyo as well as being one of the players of the tournament at the WTA Finals in Singapore. In the second half of last season I felt she was getting back to her best and in my opinion was the only played who pushed her best friend Serena Williams to her very best in every meeting they had however this year the Dane hasn’t carried on her form from last year.
Caro did win a title in Kuala Lumpur earlier in the year but didn’t have to play a player ranked inside the top 80 on her way to winning the title. This year Wozniacki hasn’t really impressed in the Grand Slams. In Australia it was a second round exit to an unseeded Azarenka, Julia Georges at Roland Garros and finalist Garbine Muguruza. At majors this year she has a win/loss of 5-3 so for a top 10 player it definitely needs to be much better than that. Wozniacki was unlucky not to win the titles in Auckland and Stuttgart as well this year but I haven’t felt she’s found her form at all from the backend of last year.
Defending points after a successful season on the tour is very tough. We have seen so many players in the past drop through the rankings after a poor follow up year. From now until the end of the season Caroline has 3530 points to defend, 1300 of which are from the US Open making the final and just over 600 from the WTA finals. It is crucial that she does find her form for the US Open in the tournaments leading up to it and qualify for the WTA Finals again!
In the current race to Singapore where the top 8 play at the WTA Finals Wozniacki is currently at 11 in the race with the only player to have qualified being Serena Williams. Defending points at this stage is important for any player, the tournaments come quickly and you can’t afford to be losing in the first couple of rounds.
Caroline decided not to defend her title in Istanbul this week but has opted to play the Bank of the West Classic starting on the 3rd of August ahead of the Rogers Cup. Wozniacki is the top seed for the tournament in Stanford this week after Serena Williams’s withdrawal.
Defending these points and getting to the WTA Finals at the end of October will be difficult but can Wozniacki do it?