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Caroline Versus The Kangaroo
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 2:40pm PST USA
Caroline Versus The Kangaroo, Caroline Wozniacki MELBOURNE--Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, nicknamed Sunshine by her friends for her smile, has a lot to smile about these days including a top singles' tennis ranking and a homeland recently named the world’s happiest country. But what’s next for the Dane: a grand slam title?

After winning six WTA Tour singles titles last year, Wozniacki topped the WTA Tour singles rankings to end the year despite her having never won a grand slam title.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark

The Dane Sunday admitted that she hadn't really gotten beaten up by a baby kangaroo in a Melbourne park as she had earlier said.

A finalist finish at the 2009 US Open has been her best grand slam result to date.

At the Australian Open Tuesday (Monday night USA time) in the quarterfinals, Wozniacki takes on the French Open champion and 6th seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy as the third scheduled quarterfinal match on Rod Laver Arena. Head to head Wozniacki is tied with Schiavone 2-2 with Wozniacki winning the duos’ last two meetings with ease.

This fact coupled with the fatigue the Italian is likely to experience following a record length four hour, forty-four minute fourth round would seem to point towards a semifinal Melbourne match for Wozniacki.

In the semifinals, the Dane is seeded to meet the red hot ninth seeded Na Li of China who defeated Wozniacki at both Sydney and Melbourne last year. Li is 9-0 this year after winning the WTA Tour stop in Sydney to start her year. Should Wozniacki get past Li, she could then meet the US Open champion, Melbourne favorite and second seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium whom Wozniacki has never defeated.

Should Clijsters win the tournament with Wozniacki losing before the semifinal round, Clijsters would Monday top the WTA Tour rankings.

Wozniacki has not appeared overly concerned about protecting her top ranking in Melbourne as she has instead taken the global media for a spin twice in an attempt to break out of her reputation for being a drag in the press room.

First last week Wozniacki turned the tables on the press by giving her own public relations campaign and requesting only “interesting” questions. Then the Dane Sunday admitted that she hadn't really gotten beaten up by a baby kangaroo in a Melbourne park as she had earlier said in what she would later explain was a joke.

Not to be outdone, one Melbourne tennis fan showed up dressed as a kangaroo complete with boxing gloves.

Caroline Wozaniacki turned professional in 2005 and resides in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

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