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Wozniacki not dwelling on Doha defeat

  • dgec
  • 02 November 2010
  • 09:11

Caroline Wozniacki insists ending the year as world No. 1 is more important than winning the WTA Championships.

The Dane lost a thrilling final against Kim Clijsters in Doha on Sunday, which saw the Belgian claim the crown for a third time and move ahead of Serena Williams to No. 3 in the world rankings.

Victory at the Australian Open in January would see Clijsters regain the No. 1 ranking for the first time since 2006, but Wozniacki is guaranteed to end the year as the world's top player after six titles in 2010.

"I'm still No.1 at the end of the year, so it doesn't have any effects," Wozniacki said after her defeat to Clijsters. "I've had a fantastic year. I won six tournaments; I've beaten so many good players.

"You know, you cannot win every match. I've made the finals of the championships and I lost one match today. I cannot do anything about it now."

Wozniacki is the fifth woman to become world No. 1 without having won a grand slam, and her failure to reach a major final in 2010 has led many to question her right to occupy the top spot. A grand slam title will be a main prority for the 20-year-old next season, but she insists he is happy with her season and is set to take a break before returning to action in the new year.

"I will come back in the off-season and train but right now I'm proud of my season," she added. "I'm happy about how I've been playing. I'm going to enjoy some time off."

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