Australian Jarmila Wolfe has set her sights on winning a singles berth at this year’s Olympics, but first she wants to make a splash at the Australian Open.
Wolfe finished her Hopman Cup campaign with a 6-3 6-3 loss to world No.19 Elina Svitolina on Thursday.
The 28-year-old was satisfied with her performances at the mixed-teams event, with her best effort coming on Tuesday night when she led Serena Williams 7-5 2-1 before the world No.1 retired hurt.
Wolfe played doubles at the 2012 Olympics in London.
But the Slovakian-born right-hander is desperate to go it solo at the upcoming Games in Rio.
To do that, Wolfe needs to drastically improve her current world ranking of 105.
Wolfe is currently the third-highest ranked Australian female, behind Sam Stosur (27) and Daria- Gavrilova (36).
In 2011, she reached a career-high 25th in the world, and she’s confident she can get somewhere around the mark again.
“I would love to play the Olympic Games, in the singles this time,” Wolfe said.
“The end of last year wasn’t very good.
“So if I can get my ranking back at least to the top 50 (that would be the first step).
“And then if I play something similar to what I did this week, if I can get back to where I used to be – to 25 at least – that would be fantastic.”
In 10 Australian Open appearances, Wolfe has only made it to the second round once – last year.
Although Wolfe is yet to earn a spot for this year’s edition, she’s almost certain to land a berth in the main draw.
First, Wolfe will venture to Tasmania for the Hobart Open – an event she won in 2011.