From my column on AOL Fanhouse
MELBOURNE, Australia — Caroline Wozniacki, No. 1 tennis player in the world, had just completed another non-loss to Francesca Schiavone – the only way to describe Wozniacki’s victories – when she was immediately put on the defensive about it.
Schiavone had hit 41 winners, she was told, and you had only 14. Schiavone also made almost all of the unforced errors, meaning she took all the chances.
Can you be the No. 1 player when the other player is taking all the initiative?
“I just want to know who won the match,” Wozniacki snipped. “I think I did that … If I still win the match, that’s the most important thing in the end.”
Wozniacki did get the victory, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semis of the Australian Open. But there is reason she has to defend herself. It’s because of this: she isn’t the best player, and hasn’t even shown she’s among the top five. Serena Williams is the best, but she isn’t here, still nursing a foot injury that happened somehow, someway. She’s not saying.
The year’s first major, without Serena, throws all of women’s tennis up for the taking. It’s the great opportunity. The question is this:
Is anyone willing to take it? Continue reading