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Kvitova not thinking about No. 1 spot

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Petra kvitova crowned a superb year with victory in Istanbul © PA Photos
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Petra Kvitova insists she is not thinking about Caroline Wozniacki's world No. 1 ranking, even though she admits she deserves to be named player of the year.

Kvitova, who started 2011 ranked No. 34 in the world, crowned a glorious year with victory in the WTA Championships in Istanbul, beating Wozniacki in straight sets en route to the final.

The Wimbledon champion beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5 4-6 6-3 to end the year on a high and move up to No. 2 in the world rankings. But despite securing her first grand slam title and winning the year-end championships, Kvitova insists the top spot is not on her mind.

"I'm not thinking about that at the moment," she said. "It's been a big year for me, I have improved everything."

Meanwhile, Elena Baltacha is set to become the first British woman since Jo Durie in the 1980s to finish inside the world's top 50 for two years running after moving up to No. 50.

"My big goal for the year was to defend the ranking points I had and keep my ranking up, so to have done that and got back inside the top 50 again feels like a really big achievement," Baltacha said. "This has definitely been the best year of my career, no question."

ATP Tour Rankings
1. Novak Djokovic (SRB), 2. Rafael Nadal (ESP), 3. Andy Murray (GBR), 4. Roger Federer (SUI), 5. David Ferrer (ESP), 6. Robin Soderling (SWE), 7. Tomas Berdych (CZE), 8. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA), 9. Mardy Fish (USA), 10. Gael Monfils (FRA)

WTA Tour Rankings
1. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 2. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 3. Victoria Azarenka (BLR), 4. Maria Sharapova (RUS), 5. Li Na (CHN), 6. Sam Stosur (AUS), 7. Vera Zvonareva (RUS), 8. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 9. Marion Bartoli (FRA) 10. Andrea Petkovic (GER)

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