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Wozniacki deposes Queen Serena as No. 1

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki will replace Serena Williams as No. 1 when the new rankings are released on Monday. Wozniacki, 20, became the first Dane, male or female, to claim the top ranking with a 6-3, 6-2 win Thursday over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the China Open in Beijing.

sports Updated: Oct 07, 2010 20:08 IST

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki will replace Serena Williams as No. 1 when the new rankings are released on Monday. Wozniacki, 20, became the first Dane, male or female, to claim the top ranking with a 6-3, 6-2 win Thursday over Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic at the China Open in Beijing.

"This is a real big step for me. To be the world No. 1 has always been a dream for me," Wozniacki said in a post-match interview on court at the Beijing Tennis Center.

"It doesn't feel like it's real."

Wozniacki is the 20th player to top the rankings since they began in 1975 and the third in the last two years to do so without having won a Grand Slam title, following Dinara Safina and Jelena Jankovic. The Dane said capturing a major title was her next target. "That would be like a dream come true," she said. Wozniacki has won 11 career titles, five of them this year, and has lost once in her last 21 matches.

She reached the US Open final last year, losing to Kim Clijsters. Her best Grand Slam result this season was also in New York, where she fell in the semi-finals.

Williams, this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, pulled out of Beijing due to a nagging foot injury. The American could make her return in Linz, Austria next week.