TENNIS: Caroline Wozniacki took the first step to ending the year as world number one with victory in her opening match at the WTA Championships.
Three players had an outside chance of deposing Wozniacki in Istanbul, but simply by playing Agnieszka Radwanska the Dane was able to eliminate Victoria Azarenka from contention.
And by beating Radwanska |5-7 6-2 6-4, Wozniacki only needs to play one more round-robin match to do the same to Petra Kvitova.
The only rival Wozniacki cannot eliminate from the race so easily is Maria Sharapova, although if she goes 3-0 in the round robin stage and Sharapova does not, Wozniacki will be confirmed as the year-end number one. And that is also a step closer to happening after Sharapova lost 6-1 7-5 to US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the day’s final game.