There is a feeling among most who follow the WTA that Petra Kvitova, not Caroline Wozniacki, is the true world #1 at the moment. With Caroline falling 3-6 7-5 6-2 to Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Apia International Sydney, 2011 Wimbledon and Tour Championship winner (not to mention WTA Player of the Year) Kvitova has a chance to formally knock Caroline out of the top spot if Petra can go on to win the Sydney tournament. I am beginning to think that since the late part of last year until now, we are beginning to see top players figure Caroline out. I thought she had a good chance to win the 2012 Australian Open with Kim Clijsters and Serena Williams as injury question marks, and the rest of field, Kvitova included, not really locks in my mind yet. Now I don’t know. If Kvitova beats Li Na in the semis and the winner of Radwanska-Victoria Azarenka in the final, to go along with finishing 2011 with the Tour Championship, maybe there really is a new sheriff in town…and her name is Petra Kvitova.
But before we crown Petra the queen in Sydney or coming up in Melbourne, let’s not forget that she still has a semifinal date with Li Na. If this is a revitalized Li Na at the beginning of 2012, and I sure hope it is, then she can threaten anybody on hardcourts. I can’t wait to see what happens in the Kvitova-Li match. It should tell us a lot about where Li is and just how dominant Kvitova really is at this time.
Singles – Quarterfinals
(7) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 36 75 62
(2) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 60 64
(3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (8) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 75 64
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 76(3)