Behind Caroline Wozniacki in a poor form and has yet to prove, and Maria Sharapova still recovering from an injury to one ankle, Masters Women, which begins Tuesday in Istanbul, looks extremely open.
In women’s tennis in the hierarchy still fluctuating, the 2011 Masters, played for the first time in Istanbul after three years in Doha, should allow Wozniacki to legitimize its position as world No.1, or the Russian runner to take the power.
At the top of the rankings last year, the Danish, aged 21, who is continuing to criticize a game as bland as his personality, has increased the success in minor tournaments. But she is still waiting for the consecration Grand Slam.
The Masters, the last visit of the season, and one of the most important, it offers the opportunity to fill in the boxes blank his record. This will be his second chance. It failed last year against Kim Clijsters in the final.
The Belgian, winning three times, is absent this year, as Serena and Venus Williams. Good news for Wozniacki, as these three players, whose season was marred by injuries, accumulate six wins in the last ten years at the Masters.
But Denmark’s disappointing fate of two tournaments in Tokyo (third round) and Beijing (quart), since its semi-final against the US Open Serena. It will be under pressure, not yet assured of retaining its leading position at year end.
Sharapova to return three years after The Masters awards the winner, in addition to an attractive allocation (1.250 million), up to 1500 points in the WTA rankings. A bonus that could allow Sharapova – or possibly the Czech Petra Kvitova – a place to recover N.1 she held in 2005.
Russia’s return to Masters – she won seven years ago – for the first time since 2007, when she was given in the final to Justine Henin. It would be the favorite if the mystery will persist on the status of his ankle injury incurred late September in Tokyo.
A finalist this year at Wimbledon, Sharapova holds the second largest in the world. His best since his shoulder surgery in 2008, which left fear the worst for the career of one who has won three Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbledon 2004, US Open 2006 Australian Open and 2008).
“This year I grew as a player, I improved. It gives me great confidence for the future,” said the Russian, arrived one week in advance to Istanbul. But the uncertainty surrounding it is such that everything seems possible for less experienced players, but in shape.
Petra Kvitova (N.3), Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (N.4) and Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska (n.8), by far the most prominent players in the fall, are few.