At the age of just 26 not many would have said they had played over 700 matches with over 500 wins and won 25 career singles titles and been world number one but Caroline Wozniacki can but there is something missing and that is a Grand Slam title but this year I just have a feeling that may change.
Flushing Meadows has been a great tournament for Caro and she has even said she’d love to win it but the first half of the year is pretty much a free hit for the Dane who didn’t win a match at the first three majors last year so points will help her ranking and is currently sat at 19 in the world.
The only final of a major she has been to was the US Open many years ago but at the back end of last year she started to find form and win titles making the semi-finals of the US Open once again and it would be great to see her finally get her hands on a major.
With doubts over Serena’s level against the very best and a few top players missing from the tour for the first major of the year it could be an open draw with of course world number one Angelique Kerber leading the line but it also a good chance for Wozniacki and others to edge towards their first major.
One match will forever stick in my memory and that was her quarter final with Maria Sharapova. The picture below sums it up.
Image credit – (Aug. 30, 2014 – Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America)
Passion, energy, emotion it had everything but what stood out was some of the best tennis I have ever seen. Wozniacki is an inspiration to never giving up, she lets nothing go and gives 100% every match.
Right now I think her game is close to being at the level needed to challenge for the biggest titles on the tour. Her serve and especially the backhand and forehand which she relies on so much from behind the baseline look good the only thing and it’s a small thing is that return of serve when her opponent goes down the T maybe a deeper returning position or introduction of slice forehand on return could give her a chance.
This is a minor thing, the possibility of any opponent hitting serves down the T and all being that accurate is low but on big points can be vital!
I think 2017 will be her year. At the end of last season she went on a run where she won 21 of her 24 matches on the tour winning a couple of titles before having to withdraw in Luxembourg to end her season but is looking sharp right now and I think could finally get her name in the winners circle!