It’s been a tough season for Caroline Wozniacki. The 22-year-old started 2012 as world number one and looked set to finally challenge for Grand Slam titles over the coming 12 months.
Yet after disappointment at the Australian Open and a first-round exit in Doha early in February, the Dane’s status was suddenly called into question and Melbourne’s champion Victoria Azarenka took the hot-seat.
The odd win in Seoul and Moscow only highlighted how far she’d fallen and with a Grand Slam record of one quarter-final appearance, a third-round defeat in the French and twice eliminated in round one at Wimbledon and New York, it was clear 2012 was not Wozniacki’s year.
The Dane, however, has not given up on a last-gasp jump back into the WTA top-10 and her participation in Sofia for the Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions could see her reach such a height – if she wins every match.
Indeed, this may be a tough ask seeing as Wozniacki must battle through a round-robin event first before heading into the semi-finals, but with a 6-2 6-2 victory over fifth seed Hsieh Su-Wei on Tuesday she is right on course.
The match lasted exactly an hour and Wozniacki was evidently full of confidence, serving hard and receiving with ease against her Taiwanese opponent.
It is nice to see Wozniacki enjoying her tennis again after a rocky season and if she can keep her head up in Sofia then a year-ending trophy will do wonders to make up for her fall from grace.