Wozniacki says she is in the form of her life
A confident Caroline Wozniacki declared yesterday she was in the form of her life as she targets a first Grand Slam title when the Australian Open begins.
The Dane first rose to world No1 eight years ago and is back riding high at No2 after a 2017 season in which she reached eight finals and won the season-ending Tour Championship.
“I think I’ve improved everything (since first becoming No1),” Wozniacki said at Melbourne Park.
“I think nothing very drastic, but at the same time it’s small improvements all the time. That’s also what
“I’m healthy. I’m just going to enjoy that, see where it takes me” – Wozniacki
makes tennis fun. You’re never perfect. There’s always things you can work on.”
And she claimed she felt no extra pressure to win a first Grand Slam, despite rising expectations with defending champion Serena Williams ruled out after the birth of her first child.
“I don’t put more, I don’t put less pressure. It’s just the same. It’s a new tournament, a new year.
“I’m healthy. I have the opportunity to play here. I’m just going to enjoy that, see where it takes me.”
“I never look at the draw. There’s always so many great players in the draw. For me, it’s all about just focusing on myself, taking it one match at a time.
“I only know my first-round opponent, and that’s how I like it, how I like to keep it. Then we focus from there.”
Wozniacki faces Romania’s world No57 Mihaela Buzarnescu in the first round.
Meanwhile, US Open champion Sloane Stephens weighed into the simmering row about Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena.
American legend Billie Jean King called for the show court to be renamed because of the Australian great’s divisive views on gender equality.
“I respect what Billie Jean said,” Stephens said. “Well, I respect all of my fellow players, colleagues, their lifestyles. I don’t think there should be hate towards anyone,” added the American.
“I love ... everyone that I play with on a day-to-day basis. I support whatever it is they want to do and how they want to live.”
Firing on all cylinders: Wozniacki is looking to win her maiden Grand Slam.