Q&A with Caroline on ESPN.com 14.04.09
Caroline, What players did you look up to when you were a kid?
I looked up to Steph Graf and Martina Hingis.
Ernest -North Hollywood, CA:
Hello Caroline! My question is what kind of changes do you make when switching for hard courts to clay???
I actually just changed my strength to get some more top spin with the ball. The rallies are longer, so you hav eto be patient.
Brandon (Detroit, Mi) :
What are your expectations for the clay season ?
I don't konw, I'm just going to take one match at a time. I just take one match and one tournament at a time.
Alex (Cincinnati, Ohio):
Hi Caroline, I was just wondering what you do to calm your nerves for the last hour or so before a big match?
I like to just listen to music. that makes me relaxed. I talk to my dad, who's also my coach, about tactics and then I'm ready.
Jennifer in Jacksonville, FL:
Caroline, I was so excited to see you win in Ponte Vedra last week!! Congratulations, you deserved the win. I'm a resident of Jacksonville and wonder, did you enjoy the MPS tournament, and what can we do to get you back here next year?
Thank you! I enjoyed the tournament. I really liked the area. Hopefully I'm going to come back next year.
Pam W (Australia):
What is your favorite tournament? Why?
I have a lot of favorite tournaments. If I had to choose one, I would probably take Indian Wells. It's a real nice tournament. Everyone is so relaxed. A lot of things are going on. I really like it.
Lisa, San Jose, CA:
Hi Caroline, Do you pick out your match outfits or does the sponsor select them for you?
I get with my sponsor and they have one collection for me that they want me to wear so I can represent that collection. Addidas picks it out, but if there is sometihng that I don't feel comfortable with, then we talk about it.
Ernest(North Hollywood, CA):
I think you Caroline are one of the players to watch on clay. What top players do you think are a threat on clay???
Let me think. I think some of the Spanish players for sure. Jankovic is good on clay. There are quite a few players. Safina is doing well on clay as well.
Pavel, Zlin, Czech republic:
Hi Caroline, congratulations to your current title at Florida. How did you celebrate it ? Do you expect similar conditions and surface in Charleston as well ? I wish you all the best. Pavel
Actually, I didn't get to celebreat too much. I celebrated with some good desert, good ice cream, chocolate cake. Yesterday I just relaxed and didn't do anything. I went shopping a little bit. THat's the way I celebrated. I am sure Charleston will be similar.
Kevin (Charleston, SC):
I've got good seats for Saturday's semi-finals. Please make it that far, but if you don't I have an extra ticket.
I can't promise, but I am going to try.
What is one thing you can't travel without?
My mobile phone. I always have my Sony Ericsson with me. It helps me get in touch with my family and friends back home. Without it, I would be lost.
patrick (San Diego, CA):
Congratulations on winning Ponte Vedra Beach. What part of your game have you improved on or will be improving on?
I think fitness wise, I have improved. I can stay in there for a longer time than before.
Khalid (Storrs, Conn.):
When you travel from tournament to tournament do you have any time to enjoy the city you are in? Or are you too busy playing tennis all the time?
No, I always try to go out and see what there is to see in the city. If you just go from the courts to the hotel, it can be a pretty boring life. I go and try to experience things.
How does playing the US compare to playing in Europe? Are the fans similar or different? Louder or more reserved?
Every tournament is different. The fans are different every time. In the US, the fans are enthusiastic. People really get the feeling for the matches.
Which nickname do you prefer? Caro, Wozzy, or something else?
Caro. Usually my friends are calling me Caro.
Lisa, Las Vegas, NV:
Hi Caroline - Did you enjoy your training in Las Vegas? Did you have time to check out the city or was it all business?
Yes, I did practice in Vegas for two weeks before Indian Wells. It was an amazing experience. For sure I am going to come back.
Do you develop any friendships with the women players on tour? How hard is it go from one city to another? Have you gotten used to it
You develop friends when you're on tour. It's always the same people around. You do have friendships with some players on tour. It's hard to be traveling from one city to another. I prefer to traveling the world to being in one place and not have that opportunity.