16 Jan 2012

Wozniacki out to win first grand slam title

6:42 am on 16 January 2012

World women's tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki will begin her quest to prove the doubters wrong and win a maiden grand slam when she meets Anastasia Rodionova on the first day of the Australian Open today.

The 21-year-old has been the world's top ranked player for more than a year but is yet to win a grand slam title, a tag that has dogged the women's game and started to wear thin on the tall Dane.

Wozniacki enters the year's opening grand slam having sustained a wrist injury last week in Sydney, and while she says she expected to be 100 percent by the time she walks out onto Rod Laver Arena there is still some doubt about the effectiveness of her two-handed backhand.

Also in action on day one include defending womens champion Kim Clijsters, 4-time champion Roger Federer, world women's number one Caroline Wozniacki and 2009 mens champion Rafael Nadal.

The New Zealander marina Erakovic plays her first round match against Irena Pavlovic of France.