2016 Wimbledon player profile: Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki, a two-time Grand Slam finalist at the US Open in 2009 and 2014 has reached the quarterfinals of every Grand Slam tournament except for Wimbledon.

The Dane has had injury woes this year and sustaining an ankle injury forced her to miss out two months of the entire  clay court season. 

Notable results to date

Wozniacki has not won a title so far in 2016 and she has suffered plenty of disappointing results. An even win-loss record of 9-9 is certainly not what Wozniacki expected after a good second half of the 2014 season and part of last year.

At the start of the year at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, she picked up easy straight set wins over Danka Kovinic, Christina McHale, and Alexandra Dulgheru but she fell to eventual champion Sloane Stephens in the semifinals in straight sets.

Following that semifinal defeat to Stephens in New Zealand, a shocking first round loss to Yulia Putintseva in three sets at the Australian Open occurred and more misery continued for Wozniacki as she lost to Dominika Cibulkova in the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy.

Two more significant results during Wozniacki's 2016 campaign occurred at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells when she suffered a second round loss to Australian Open quarterfinalist Zhang Shuai.

A third round loss to Elina Svitolina followed at the Miami Open, which would be Wozniacki's last match before the grass court season began as she suffered an ankle injury.

Wozniacki in first round action at the Australian Open against Putintseva (Photo by Michael Dodge / Source : Getty Images)
Wozniacki in first round action at the Australian Open against Putintseva (Photo by Michael Dodge / Source : Getty Images)

Best grass results leading to Wimbledon

Wozniacki's return to the WTA tour began at the Aegon Open in Nottingham in June, and she won her first round match over Cagla Buyukakcay in straights before suffering a disappointing second round defeat to Anett Kontaveit in three sets, despite winning the first set.

At the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, Wozniacki tasted a first round defeat to Yanina Wickmayer, a player she beat in the semifinals of the US Open in 2009 to reach her first slam final.

Wozniacki's final tournament before Wimbledon was at the Aegon International in Eastbourne and she secured two confidence-boosting wins over Alize Cornet and former US Open champion Sam Stosur before losing to Puerto Rican Monica Puig in the third round.

The Dane has some matches under her belt before Wimbledon begins and she has picked up some good wins and tough losses but Wozniacki will be one to watch at Wimbledon.

Wozniacki in action at the Aegon International in Eastbourne against Monica Puig (Photo by Steve Bardens / Source : Getty Images)
Wozniacki in action at the Aegon International in Eastbourne against Monica Puig (Photo by Steve Bardens / Source : Getty Images)

Best Wimbledon result

Surprisingly Wozniacki's best result at Wimbledon was reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon on five occasions in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015, as it remains the only slam where she has not reached the quarterfinals at least.

In 2009 as the ninth seed, she suffered a loss to future Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, the following year in 2010, Wozniacki was seeded third and thrashed 6-2, 6-0 by future two-time champion Petra Kvitova and in 2011 as the top seed, the Dane suffered a three set loss to future Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

Seeded 16th at Wimbledon in 2014, Wozniacki dropped only eleven games en route to the fourth round, easing past Shahar Peer, Naomi Broady, and Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh before falling to unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in straight sets.

Wozniacki was seeded fifth last year at Wimbledon and her passage through to the fourth round was similar to the previous year as she didn't drop a set to Shuai Zheng, Denisa Allertova, and 31st Camila Giorgi but she fell to the eventual finalist Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.

How Wozniacki's game translates to this surface

Wozniacki has an average serve on grass, her serve works better on a hard court. The Dane's fourth round exits at Wimbledon against Lisicki, Kvitova and Muguruza are big hitters, which Wozniacki has a disadvantage in as those players can blow anyone off the court if they have a good serving day and can return well.

The former world number one moves well on the grass and she is extremely fit and so she can go on for a few hours.

Wozniacki has achieved plenty in her career already at 25, she will be turning 26 next month but because time is on her size, it is time for her to maximise her potential by reaching the latter stages of Grand Slams on a consistent basis.

Can Wozniacki finally break her fourth round hoodoo and finally make the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and even lift the Venus Rosewater Dish?

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