Wozniacki aims for ranking rise

27 December 2016 09:51:53 EST

Caroline Wozniacki says that she is looking ahead to the 2017 season which she hopes will result in her rising up the world rankings.

The world number one in 2010, the Danish star is now down at 19 in the WTA world rankings having had an injury-hit 2016.

I always believe in myself and I know I can win against anyone on the tour.

Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki lost in the first round of the Australian Open earlier this year, suffered an ankle injury which forced her out of the French Open and was also a first round casualty at Wimbledon.

Her poor 2016 at that point resulted in her falling out of the world top 50 for the first time in eight years, though there has been a solid recovery since.

She surprised many by her run to the semi-finals at the US Open. She beat the eighth and ninth seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova and Madison Keys on her way to the last four where she was beaten by the eventual winner Anglelique Kerber.

She continued with her revival later in the season, winning two WTA events; the Pan Pacific Open and the Hong Kong Open and therefore goes into the new season with some confidence.

She starts her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland and told New Zealand media that she was always convinced that she could recover and get back to the top of the game.

She said: "I never doubted myself. I had a bad injury that took me out of the game for quite some time. I wasn't feeling 100 per cent comfortable coming back and was maybe lacking the last five or 10 per cent.

"So I think it's normal to drop down a bit after an injury. But I always believe in myself and I know I can win against anyone on the tour."

Wozniacki is 25/1 to win the first Grand Slam of 2017, the Australian Open. Defending champion Kerber is 10/3 to win at Melbourne Park while Serena Williams is priced at 5/2.

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