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17 April 2024

Wozniacki regains number one spot

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki returns the ball during a quarter final match of Dubai WTA Tennis Championships in Dubai on Friday (AP)

By Agencies

Caroline Wozniacki regained the world number one ranking from Kim Clijsters when she reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Open with a 6-2, 6-4 win on Friday.

Clijsters held the top spot for one week after winning the Australian Open last month and reaching the final of the Paris Open last week. She and Wozniacki will both compete at Indian Wells starting on March 23.

In an interview on Thursday, Wozniacki said she would not consider becoming number one again.

"To be honest I am not really thinking about it," she insisted.

"I am so focussed on the tournament because that's the most important thing for me."

Wozniacki rallied with characteristic consistency, and moved smoothly and well, but despite some good rallies she faced little that stretched her.

Her most significant achievement was dealing with an opponent who was able to mask her intentions with short backswings from double-handed strokes on both wings.

"You don't get many players who do that on both backhand and forehand," said Wozniacki. "But I have played her before and had my tactics ready."