BEIJING, China - World No.2 Caroline Wozniacki won her Sony Ericsson WTA Tour-leading 55th match of the year on Wednesday, and is now one win away from becoming the 20th player ever to rise to No.1 in the world.
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Wozniacki, the top seed at this week's China Open, was down an early break in the first set but got into gear quickly, beating Sara Errani, 64 62. It was Wozniacki's first win at the tournament, having gone 0-3 previously.
If she beats Petra Kvitova in her third round match on Thursday evening, Wozniacki will replace Serena Williams at No.1 on next Monday's rankings. In her last match against Kvitova, she lost 62 60 at Wimbledon this year.
"I felt like I did what I had to do to win my match today, and I'm happy to be through to the third round," Wozniacki said. "Hopefully I can play even better in my match tomorrow. Tomorrow is just another match. Hopefully I can win it."