Incoming WTF: #4 Caroline Wozniacki
Posted by Brodie under: Caro
Tournaments Won in 2009: AEGON International (Eastbourne), MPS Group Championship (Ponte Vedra), Pilot Pen (New Haven)
Ranking Points as of October 19: 5475
The Land of Oz and American Hard Stuff
Despite an insanely successful season, Caro’s first couple of months were surprisingly pretty slow. She lost in the quarters of Auckland to Vez, and to hometown favourite JD in the third round of the Australian (and yes, I’m still bitter over getting up at 3:30 to watch Ana and Caro lost their third round matches at the SAME TIME, when they would have played each other if they won… sigh). She even lost in the quarters of Pattaya to Rybawhatever (um…). She lost in the quarters of both IW and Miami, to eventual champ Bepa, and after an impressive win over Lena, to Kuz in the extreme Florida heat (the second set was one of my faves all year, Caro took it in the tiebreak, and it was just a total competitive mental slugfest, and then dropped the third).
Its fake fungus clay, but Caro won her first title in Ponte Vedra with an impressive win over CanWoz. In Charleston, Caro made the final but lost to an energized Ms. Licky. Not a huge fan of clay, she fell in the second round of Stuttgart to Mono, and only made the third round of Rome, falling to Vika. Her clay breakout came in Madrid however, making the final without dropping a set, where she then lost to Dina. Things didn’t go so well at the French, however, losing in the third round to dubs partner Sorana Banana.
High On Grass
Caro’s second title of the year came in the Wimbley warm-up tournament in Eastbourne, over Gypsy. And despite NOT being invsible at Wimbledon, she lost to an overpowering Ms. Licky in the fourth round. In between, she played the clay Swedish open and lost in the final on her birthday to MJMS, but then got over it quickly, went home, and partied it up with the Rad sisters and some other (presumably hot) Dane friends.
Hard For America
Caro’s hard court season got off to a surprisingly slow start, with an opening second round loss to Banana. In Cincy, she fell in the quarters to Lena. And then of course in Toronto, thanks to my curse, she fell to JZ in the second round in straights after being up 5-1 in the first (I got to see her crying on the golf cart afterwards with her dad, happy times!). Luckily she turned things around in a huge way afterwards, winning a rather insane 11 matches in a row, winning New Haven over Vez, and defeating Bana, Kuz and Mel on the way to her first slam quarterfinal and eventual final, where she of course lost to Mom in straights.
Asia and Beyond
Asia has been of an injury filled crapshoot for Caro, retiring in the second round of Tokyo and losing in the first in Beijing. She made the semis of Osaka losing to Sammy, and then retired in Luxembourg so her dad’s insane friends (who I had the pleasure of sitting with in Toronto) could collect tons of money, obviously.
This is Caro’s first trip to a Year End Championship, and is set to finish the year for the first time in the top 10.