Wozniacki to end the year as Number 1

Caroline Wozniacki will end the year ranked world number one although her hopes of applying icing to the cake by winning the WTA Championships suffered a blow when she lost to Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in her second round-robin match on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old Dane was locked in combat with Zvonareva when news filtered through that Russian Maria Sharapova had withdrawn from the tournament with an ankle injury following a 7-6, 6-4 defeat by China’s Li Na.

World number two Sharapova began the day as the only player still able to topple Wozniacki from the summit but she was clearly not herself in an error-strewn defeat before announcing that her season was over.

It meant Wozniacki’s 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 defeat was immaterial as far as the rankings were concerned although with one win and one loss in the Red Group she could still miss out on the semi-finals here even if she beats Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Thursday — a tough ask after two three-setters in two days.

“You know, it’s amazing for me to finish the year as number one once more,” she told reporters after being congratulated by WTA Tour chief Stacey Allaster in a presentation.

“I mean, only very few players have finished a year as number one and to do it two years in a row is very special. I’m only in the beginning of my career and to have achieved so much already, it’s a dream come true.

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