Let's hope Caroline Wozniacki enjoyed the five days in which she was free from questions about whether she deserves to be No. 1 because when the WTA rankings come out next week, the 20-year-old Dane will be back in the top spot.
Thanks to her semifinal appearance in Dubai, Wozniacki will have enough points to surpass Kim Clijsters in next week's rankings. The current No. 2 defeated Shahar Peer 6-2, 6-4 in a match played off Centre Court due to security concerns about the Israeli Peer.
Clijsters' brief reign is the 10th one-week reign in rankings history. Twice before, the displaced No. 1 got back to the top spot one week later (Monica Seles was passed by, and then leapfrogged, Steffi Graf in 1990 and Lindsay Davenport did the same dance with Martina Hingis in 2000), but that won't happen this time around. Clijsters doesn''t play another tournament until Indian Wells in early March.
Depending on how Wozniacki finishes up in Dubai, there's a chance the back-and-forth could go on for the early part of the spring. Wozniacki is defending 700 points at Indian Wells, while Clijsters defends just 80. Then in Miami, Clijsters is the defending champion (1,000 points) while Wozniacki has 250 points to protect. It's possible they could be doing this dance again next month.
Wozniacki received a purple floral arrangement in the shape of a "1" for her efforts. When she first went to No. 1 last year, she received a similar set of flowers, which makes me wonder whether the WTA has a full-time florist traveling to tournaments just for these very opportunities. What do you think she does with that? Puts it in her hotel room? Surreptitiously leaves it behind? Wouldn't a gift card to Cheesecake Factory be a nicer gesture?
- WTA rankings