Tokyo - Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, fresh from her first
Grand Slam final appearance in five years, said on Monday she was ready to
contend for more major titles.
The Dane returned to the top ten in
the rankings after making the last two of the US Open earlier this
month, where she lost to top-ranked Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3.
currently ninth in the standings, bouncing back from 18th position
early in March - her worst ranking since holding the number one spot in
2010 and 2011.
In Tokyo on Monday for the Pan Pacific Open,
Wozniacki denied she had ever been away from the game's top echelons and
vowed to keep "getting better".
"I've finished the year in the
top 10 in the last six years, so I was never really gone," said the
24-year-old, who has received a first-round bye this week.
excited about the next year as well," she added. "It's all about getting
better. And keep improving and the future's looking good."
who is yet to win a Grand Slam title, has appeared in only two major
finals. In 2009 she lost to Kim Clijsters, also at Flushing Meadows.
season's four Slams saw four different winners, something that will
give Wozniacki hope she can go to the next stage and capture that
She described her two weeks at the US Open as a "great run for me".
played Serena who just was better than me that day. You know I just
have to be happy about the way everything turned out," the tenacious
defensive player added.
In Tokyo, Wozniacki - who won the 2010 event - is seeded second while world number-eight Angelique Kerber is the top seed.
The 26-year-old German is the highest ranked at the $1 000 000 Pan Pacific Open.
a big week for the pair as they seek a spot in the season-ending WTA
Finals in Singapore next month, which features the top eight in the
"That'll definitely be a big goal of mine," said
Wozniacki, who will also play in WTA Premier events in Wuhan, Beijing
and probably Moscow before the grand finale.
The winner of 22 WTA titles has only one victory so far this year - the Istanbul Cup in July.
win-loss record has improved to 25-6 since a first-round exit from the
French Open in May, days after a public break-up with world number one
golfer Rory McIlroy.