NEW HAVEN OPEN: Caroline Wozniacki attempts to get career back on track
NEW HAVEN >> Caroline Wozniacki is on the cusp of dropping out of the Top 10. She’s reached just one final this year and her relationship with professional golfer Rory McIlroy has drawn criticism.
None of that seems to bother her, though.
She still has the same bright smile, blond hair and sweet personality that had been a staple when she was at the top of her game and won four straight New Haven titles.
“That’s life,” said Wozniacki, ranked No. 10, of her struggles. “I feel like I’m on the right track and feel like I’m playing well. That’s what I’m thinking about right now.”
Wozniacki, along with No. 6 Sara Errani, No. 8 Angelique Kerber and No. 9 Petra Kvitova — the top four seeds in this year’s New Haven Open — were on hand for the tournament’s All-Access Hour Sunday at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
She seems excited to be back in New Haven, hoping to find success here once again get back to the level of tennis that had her ranked as the world’s top player for 67 weeks.
Wozniacki was forced to retire in her semifinal match against Maria Kirilenko last year at New Haven because of a knee injury and her streak of 20 straight Elm City wins came to an end. She said she enjoys the crowd here, along with the court at the CTC and the Yale campus. Wozniacki is simply comfortable in New Haven.
“It always feels like a second home coming back here,” she added.
Wozniacki is coming off a 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) loss to No. 2 Victoria Azarenka in the quarterfinals at Cincinnati. Looking back, she’s pleased with all that she’s accomplished at 23 years old. Her first Grand Slam remains as motivation and she’s confident she still has some great years of tennis left.
“I don’t really know the rankings or anything,” Wozniacki said.” I just play. I think I can beat anyone if I play well. Whether No. 1, No. 10 or No. 11, you have to beat the person on the other side of the net. I think I have great potential.”