Former World Number 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has feathers ruffled by legend Navratilova.
DUBAI — Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki hit back at Martina Navratilova on Monday for claiming that the Dane had never deserved to be top of the world rankings.
Wozniacki also suggested she has lost respect for Navratilova, regarded by many as the greatest woman player ever, implying that her TV commentating sought to stir things up and that it would be better to “think a little bit.”
“I would never say Martina was number one when there was no one playing,” Wozniacki said.
Her comment was an echo of Navratilova’s remarks at an Australian Open press conference, in which the 55-year-old legend said: “Clearly nobody feels Wozniacki is a true number one.”
Navratilova, whose 18 Grand Slam singles titles were achieved when the women’s game had less depth, also criticized the modern ranking system which placed Wozniacki at the top for 68 weeks.
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Britain’s Andy Murray will try to defend his AEGON Championships title at The Queen’s Club, 11th-17th June before targeting a unique grass court treble at The Championships, Wimbledon and the London Olympics.
After lifting the AEGON Championships trophy without dropping a set three years ago, Murray triumphed again in spectacular fashion last year, winning a thrilling, rain-delayed Monday final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The last British player to win three titles at The Queen’s Club was FG Lowe, who lifted the trophy for a third and final time in 1925.
“I’m excited to be going back to The Queen’s Club,” said Murray. “It’s a great tournament and the grass courts are as good as anywhere in the world, so it’s the perfect preparation for Wimbledon. There’s always a great atmosphere and having won the trophy twice previously, I have nothing but good memories. They also have one of the biggest trophies on the tennis circuit, and most of the Wimbledon champions are on it, so you know it’s a big deal. I’d love to win it again this year.”
Murray, guided by recently appointed coach Ivan Lendl – himself a two-time champion at The Queen’s Club (1989 and 1990) – began the year impressively. He won the title at the Brisbane International in the opening week of the year, and then reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne, losing a classic five-set encounter against eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He has now reached the semi-finals of the five most recent Grand Slam tournaments.
The AEGON Championships will be broadcast live, every day from 11th-17th June, on BBC Television and Eurosport.
Following some very impressive performances by the GB team in Israel which saw promotion for the Judy Murray led squad the draw for April’s Fed Cup World Group II play-offs as been made.
Great Britain will travel to Sweden in April’s World Group II play-offs after missing out on a home draw. The winners will earn promotion into World Group II – the second tier of the Fed Cup.
Swedens top players rank well compared to GBs top player with Sweden having two top 100 players in Johanna Larsson (62) and Sofia Arvidsson (74), but no-one else inside the world’s top 500, while Elena Baltacha (61) and Anne Keothavong (89) also feature in the worlds top 100 players. With Heather Watson (109) and Laura Robson (120) as back up to these players the GB squad looks to have the strength depth to cause Sweden some serious problems when they meet from the 21st-22nd of April.
France (s)(c)(*) v Slovenia
Switzerland (s)(c)(*) v Belarus
Sweden (s)(c)(*) v Great Britain
Argentina (s)(c)(*) v China, P.R.
Also drawn at the same time were the Play-offs for the World Group:
USA (s) v Ukraine (c)(*)
Belgium (s) v Japan (c)(*)
Spain (s)(c)(*) v Slovak Republic
Australia (s) v Germany (c)(*)
(s) = Seed
(c) = Choice of ground
(*) = Choice of ground decided by lot