Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki will head Down Under early for the Australian Open in order to play in the season-opening Brisbane International at the end of December. The Danish star will join Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova at the Queensland Tennis Centre, adding some huge interest into the first event of the calendar year.
In the tournament will be a fascinating indicator of what sort of form the players are in, there will be little doubt it’ll be current world number one Serena Williams who heads to Brisbane as the favourite with betfair.com after her sensational season.
Wozniacki will head to Australia looking to begin 2014 in positive fashion on the back of a fairly dismal season this year. The 23-year old slipped down to 10th in the world rankings, reaching only two finals and winning picking up just one title during 2013. While Wozniacki’s best win came against Azarenka in Indian Wells, the Belarusian was one of just three top-10 players the Dane managed to beat all year.
Wozniacki will return to Brisbane in a similar position to where she was at the beginning of 2013, which begun with a shock first-round loss to 103rd ranked Ksenia Pervak. While the 2011 semi-finalist went on to reach fourth round of last year’s Australian Open, Wozniacki will have been disappointed not to have beaten Svetlana Kuznetsova and progressed to the quarter-final stage.
A strong showing in the Australian Open would be a huge boost to Wozniacki’s hopes of getting herself back into the mix at the top of the rankings next year and back among the favourites with Betfair for the major titles. But at 23-years old, the Dane will know that it is perhaps more important for her to be focused on winning her first grand slam title rather than reclaiming the number-one spot in the rankings.