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Tennis: Wozniacki in critics blast

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI insists she does not "need to prove anything to anybody" despite assuming top seed status for the Australian Open without ever winning a Grand Slam event.

Much has been made of the Dane's ascent to the top of the world rankings even though she has a poor record at the Majors, with her best result an appearance in the 2009 US Open final.

The absence of defending champion Serena Williams has focused more of the spotlight on the 20-year-old but she is determined to take it in her stride.

However, she insisted: "You don't become No 1 by winning small tournaments or getting bad results.

"I am a good player, I won six tournaments last year, I don't have to prove anything."

Focus will also centre on Vera Zvonareva, the second seed who has reached the final of the last two Grand Slam events, Justine Henin, Kim Clijsters, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Irish Independent