Deposed Wozniacki happy to be spared the dreaded question

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Reuters - Caroline Wozniacki said she was looking on the bright side after losing the world number one ranking to Kim Clijsters.

“At least I won’t get this question over and over again: ‘How does it feel to be number one without winning a grand slam?’,” the Dane told reporters on Monday at this week’s Dubai Tennis in which she is the top seed.

“I don’t feel a difference (as number two). The sun is shining, I’m still playing the same way and I’m still here to compete in the tournament and try to win it. There’s absolutely no difference.”

The 20-year-old Wozniacki could swiftly re-capture the top ranking with Clijsters choosing to miss a tournament featuring eight of the world’s top 10.

She begins her campaign against either last week’s Pattaya winner Daniela Hantuchova or slumping Russian Anna Chakvetadze but is not worried about moving back to the top of the rankings. “If I’m number one that’s great, that’s what I always practise for, that’s of course what I’ll try to reach. If I’m number two that’s great,” she said.

“At the end of the year you always see who was the number one of the year, who played the best in the whole year. At the end of the year you want to make it to the year-end championships. That’s the goal.

Wozniacki has joined players including Venus and Serena Williams and Francesca Schiavone on the WTA Player Council, which works with tournament directors to provide the best conditions for the athletes.