AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012: Caroline Wozniacki free for Rory McIlroy

Wozniacki free for Rory after Aussie Open defeat by Clijsters

Out: Wozniacki was beaten by Clijsters

Out: Wozniacki was beaten by Clijsters

Caroline Wozniacki may have lost her world No 1 ranking but a small compensation for leaving the Australian Open is that she will be able to catch up with boyfriend Rory McIlroy.

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Centre of attention: McIlroy is set to take part in golf's 'Desert Swing'

Wozniacki has again found that a lack of firepower is stopping her at the biggest tournaments against the best players. She was nonetheless bullish afterwards and claimed losing her status was no big thing.

'I don't really think about it,' she said. 'At the end of the year we will see who played best, we are only in January. I will get it back eventually so I'm not worried.'

In the first semi-final, Clijsters, playing her valedictory Australian Open, faces Victoria Azarenka, who beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7, 6-0, 6-2.