Caroline Wozniacki’s indelible rise to the top has been burnished by her crowning as ITF World Champion for 2010. As well as winning a WTA-best six titles – at Ponte Vedra Beach, Copenhagen, Montréal, New Haven, Tokyo and Beijing – the season saw Wozniacki become the 20th woman to hold the No.1 spot since the inception of computer rankings in 1975.
In making the announcement, ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti paid tribute to the 20-year-old Dane’s “strong determination and continuous commitment to the game to earn the women’s No.1 ranking at such a young age.” She is the fourth youngest woman after Martina Hingis, Monica Seles and Steffi Graf to earn the year-end No.1 ranking.
Wozniacki finished 2010 with a 62-17 match record, having also reached finals at Indian Wells and the WTA Championships in Doha. She also reached at least the fourth round of all four majors – a feat only matched by Venus Williams – and went as far as the semis at Flushing Meadows.
“What an honour it is to be named ITF World Champion,” said Wozniacki, the first World Champion from Denmark since Kristian Pless was named Boys World Champion in 1999 – and the first Dane ever to take one of the governing body’s senior awards.
“To be listed with all the former ITF World Champions is something I am really proud of,” she added. “I had a great year in 2010 and I’m training hard to have an even better year in 2011.”
watch out video below easy to decide why she is no.1
Caroline Wozniacki cramping and full body twitch (Doha 2009)
This is painful to watch. But her will pulled her through the line at the end.