Caroline Wozniacki is determined to break her Grand Slam duck at the forthcoming US Open, but is she jeopardising her chances of success by not taking a break?
The Danish star remains world number one but had to withdraw from the Swedish Open last week due to a shoulder problem.
She was facing Sofia Arvidsson and took the first set but was then hit by the injury, forcing her to serve underarm before being advised to quit by a trainer.
Wozniacki leads an incredibly busy schedule and the appearance in Sweden was her ninth tournament in the space of ten weeks.
No other player in the top 20 of the world rankings play as much competitive tennis as the 21-year-old does and there are suggestions her continued appearances are hampering her. Those placing US Open tennis bets
will have to bear this in mind.
Wozniacki is likely to benefit from the injury-enforced lay-off – there is no word on when she will return to competitive tennis – but she will have hampered her US Open preparations by continuing to play until a problem erupted.
She is forced to face questions about her lack of Grand Slam success every time the tournaments come around, and that will be no different at the US Open, but Wozniacki will have to be more careful picking and choosing her tournaments if she wants to be in prime condition when the Grand Slams come around. The US Open 2011 odds
indicate she will do well, but she may not be at the top of her game.
Kim Clijsters remains number two in the latest rankings despite injuring her knee in early June and having to miss Wimbledon.
The Belgian star is looking for a third consecutive US Open triumph if she manages to return in time to compete at Flushing Meadow and is expected to return to training in the near future.