CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: «It means a lot for me to carry national flag during the Olympics» - ST. PETERSBURG LADIES TROPHY
During the all access hour press conference seed number 3 Caroline Wozniacki answered questions from the press representatives.
Question: Hello Caroline, nice to see you here. You were not on the initial enter list. At which point have you decided to ask for a wild card?
Caroline Wozniacki: I always had this tournament among my preferations. I just need a lot more matches to play during this part of the year. That’s why I came here.
Q: You got a very successful start of the year, you were in the semifinals. And then you lost Australian Open in the first round. Can you make any comment?
CW: I felt very good during off-season. I tried my best but was unlucky in Australia. But it’s sport, you have to deal with it. It’s nice to be here and I hope I can play better.
Q: What’s your impression of St. Petersburg? And how far do you want to go in the draw?
CW: Obviously, I would like to win, that’s why I’m here. It’s my first time to St. Petersburg. It’s a beautiful city. I didn’t have much time to do sightseeing yet, but I will do it as soon as possible.
Q: We know you were struggling with injuries last season. How do you feel right now?
CW: Yes, last season I got injury after injury. But now I am injury free.
Q: In between the Australian Open you got a long break. How did you fill it in?
CW: It wasn’t that long. I took a couple of days off and started training and getting ready for the rest of the season.
Q: Yesterday Russia lost to the Nederlands. Talking about the idea of abiding players to play several matches for the country to be eligible for the Olympics, what is your attitude towards it?
CW: I think, we represent our countries during every match we play at different tournaments. Sometimes it’s difficult with the schedules, but these are the rules. We have to follow them in order to play at Olympics.
Q: Where do you get the energy you need to play, to travel in distant places, to change time zones?
CW: We travel the world since we were little kids. We got used to it. It’s part of our job. We have to be ready. Also good sleep and eating well help a lot.
Q: Speaking about the Olympics, it’s come to know you are going to carry national flag during the Olympics. How did it happen?
CW: It means a lot for me. I’m really excited about it. I got a call from the Danish Olympic Committee asking about it. I didn’t think twice, I answered «yes» straight away.
Q: Since you mentioned you want to win this tournament or to reach the finals, who do you think are the other favourites among WTA players. And what can you say specifically about Russian players such as Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova?
CW: I don’t know who are the favorites. It’s a lot of good players here, it’s going to be tough competition. As for Elena, she’s been a long time on tour, she has a great technique. Anastasia plays very well lately. So it’s good to see a lot of good Russian players here as it makes tennis more popular.
Q: How come you started studying Russian?
CW: Honestly, I never actually studied it. My dad had a lot of friends from Russia and we spent a lot of time with their families. They could’t speak Polish or English, so I learned the Russian language as a kid and then it was easy.
Q: Did you have the chance to practice on Sibur Arena courts? What can you say about the surface and lightning?
CW: I didn’t practiced on central court yet, but it’s a nice surface, it’s not too quick. I think many good matches will be played on this surface. I need to practice on central court as well soon.