Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova insisted yesterday that becoming World No 1 has never been one of her dreams, although she did concede reaching the pinnacle of the sport would be "nice".
The Czech had a golden chance to overtake reigning World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki at last week's Sydney International until her loss to China's Li Na in the semi-finals.
However, she is only 295 points behind the Dane and can move to No 1 if she has a good run at the Australian Open and Wozniacki fails to reach the final four this year.
Kvitova said: "It's very close, but still it's really far away because, you know, many players can be top. Everybody at the top can play really well. I know it's just some points, but still it's a really big step."