Caroline Wozniacki's failure to close out a quarterfinal match against Agnieszka Radwasnka could have major repercussions on the world rankings and her chances of breaking through at the Australian Open.
The world No. 1 had a chance to serve out Wednesday's match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken, then lost four straight games en route to a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 defeat. In that final set, which would have been avoided if Wozniacki had held serve, the 21-year-old Dane underwent multiple treatments on her left wrist.
With the loss, Petra Kvitova has a chance to overtake Wozniacki as the top-ranked player in women's tennis. It won't come easy, though. The world No. 2 would have to win the Sydney International to get to No. 1, a feat which would take a semifinal victory over Li Na and a finals win over either Radwanska or world No. 3 Victoria Azarenka.
If Kvitova doesn't win in Sydney, her ascension to No. 1 seems like an inevitability. Barring injury or an unexpected Wozniacki Grand Slam win in three weeks, it could happen at the Australian Open (Wozniacki is defending semifinal points; Kvitova, quarterfinal) or soon after.
"To be honest, I don't think about it," Wozniacki said of the No. 1 ranking. "The most important thing is to be healthy and be able to play and play well. I mean, what happens happens, it doesn't matter."
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