Maria Sharapova Failed to Seize the Throne of Caroline Wozniacki

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova finally had to give up the world  no. 1  remains in the hands of Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. Maria Sharapova decided to withdraw from the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istambul. An ankle injury forced the woman tennis player from Russia was unable to complete participation.

Sharapova’s decision was taken after she was defeated Li Na in the second game on Wednesday October 26, 2011. It became the second defeat world number two after the day before she subdued by Samantha Stosur. Thus, the Russian tennis player loses the opportunity to displace Caroline Wozniacki from the top of the WTA rankings at the end of this year.

“My ankle did not heal as expected after I finish the first game,” said Sharapova, as reported by Reuters.

“Swelling gets worse. That’s my limit movement, and I do not want to take risks with it, especially at the end of the season because I just had time to recover rather than force myself and lead to other injuries,” said Sharapova.

Caroline Wozniacki has secured year-end No.1 for the second straight year. Having risen to No.1 on October 11, 2010, Wozniacki has spent all but one week since at No.1 (Kim Clijsters was No.1 the week of February 14 this year) and that will continue through at least January.

Wozniacki joins seven legends – Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Martina Hingis – who have concluded consecutive WTA seasons ranked No.1.

“It’s amazing for me to finish the year as No.1 once more,” Wozniacki said in press after playing Vera Zvonareva. “Very few players have finished a year as No.1 and to do it two years in a row is very special. I’m only in the beginning of my career, and to have achieved so much already is a dream come true.”

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