The good news for Caroline Wozniacki is she’ll no longer have to endure the onslaught of questions regarding her status as the WTA’s Slamless No. 1.
The bad news is her quest to get that monkey off her back at the Australian Open is over after losing to Kim Clijsters 6-3, 7-6 (4), in the quarterfinals. It was a scratchy match most of the way, with Clijsters combining a dominating set and a half before getting nervous and having to settle herself to seal it in the tiebreaker.
Wozniacki’s run as the WTA No. 1 — 49 straight weeks and 67 overall — came to end as Clijsters, ranked 14th, moved two wins away from defending her Australian Open title in what may be her final appearance in Melbourne. The new No. 1 will be Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka, Clijsters’ semifinal opponent.