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Tennis: Wozniacki vows to reclaim top spot as Clijsters loss ends reign

Simon Briggs

Published 25/01/2012 | 05:00

What was Caroline Wozniacki feeling after she lost yesterday's quarter-final, and with it her long hold on the world No 1 spot?

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There was no great sense of devastation as she commended Kim Clijsters for being "just that little bit better than me". But relief, as some have suggested? That seems a little far-fetched.

In the 67 weeks that Wozniacki spent at the top of the rankings, she faced endless questions about how she had climbed so high without winning a Grand Slam.

But Wozniacki is a staunch competitor, if nothing else. And judging by her bullish demeanour after her 6-3 7-6 defeat, she is hardly ready to concede the battle.

"We are just in January," Wozniacki said. "At the end of the year you see who has played the best, most consistently. I will get it (the No 1 spot) back eventually, so I'm not worried."

Consistency is Wozniacki's middle name, and if the rankings system stays as it is there is every possibility she will indeed climb back up to the top.

What seems less likely is that she will break into that Grand Slam elite. Wozniacki was asked yesterday whether she believed that she would finally land a Major. She was positive about her chances -- but then she is always positive about everything.

"I start laughing every time because the media talks to me like I'm finishing my career and time is running out," Wozniacki said. "I still have quite a few good years in front of me. I still improve."

Wozniacki is only 21 and she is right to say she is improving. Her first serve has put on a bit of extra sting but that will not be enough unless she learns to gamble.

In yesterday's other quarter-final, Victoria Azarenka beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7 6-0 6-2. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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