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Caroline: I'm completely smashed
The Day After: A tired Caroline reflects on backslappers, critics, pride and the lack of energy to be celebrated
07:58 - 15. sep. 2009 | Troels Christensen
NEW YORK (Ekstra Bladet): How tired she was, Caroline Wozniacki, when Ekstra Bladet met her on Monday, the day after the final of U.S. Open. Just after lunch and just before a much needed nap.
The intense weeks have caught up with her. In body and soul.
Perhaps because of this, she also lowers her guard and talks openly about her feelings, while her body language and eyes says everything about the physical battery level.
- I have been completely focused the whole way. Every day has been tough mentally. Now that it's finally over, and I can allow myself to relax a bit, then it all comes out.
- Well, I'm completely smashed. I am sore all over my body and just so tired. I just want to dive into bed. Again.
- Outside pressures increase when one approaches a Grand Slam finale. Have you said no to several things off the court this time?
- Yes, I have. I could really feel that I have become more sought after by the media and everyone else, so if I were to take part in it all, I would be completely smashed. Tennis is the most important.
- It's hard to put into words just after a big finale. How do you see it the day after
- Well, it was huge. But the best is, almost, that I was not really nervous. I could not feel the size of the match in that way.
- It was just another match that I wanted to win.
- In that way it has given me the knowledge that I can be in there and perform. I feel it says something about my personality, although the stage is big, it's something I can cope.
- It was a long hug between Kim Clijsters and you. What did she say to you?
- Well played, good game. And then she said something like: 'Your time will soon come'. She is so sweet.
- What have you been most proud of?
- Of my game in general. My reactions underway. I have been able to maintain my focus, even though it has been raining and windy. That I have every time, could come back and fought and won.
- Many have said that you were missing a result at a Grand Slam. Is it also a little nice to give a reply to that?
- I've never felt that I had to prove anything to anyone, but I can be a bit tired of so-called experts who the whole time, have to come and be wise.
- I mean: I understand that it is yours and others jobs to do so. But there are others for whom it is maybe not so necessary to seize every chance to comment.
- Yes, somewhere is it very nice to silence them.
- You must have received a flood of greetings from home. Are there any you have been particularly pleased with?
- The most important are those from my closest. From my big brother, friends and girlfriends. It's great that they get up in the night to follow me.
- You are entering a world populated by backclappers. Not all are, well, completely genuine, right?
- Nah-no. But I have got used to it, and believe me: I have gotten really good at sorting. I can see, when there is someone, who just wants to hang on.
- I try to be nice to everyone, but I also know who is there when things go less well. They are the ones I stick with.
- There are probably many who would like to pay tribute to you when you return home to Denmark?
- Yes, I've heard about all sorts of events, and think that it is cool, that people want to celebrate me.
- But may I be completely honest? I just don’t have the energy for it. I so need to relax and be myself. Just being with my closest.
- What do you most look forward to right now?
- When I have slept? Well, I look forward to a couple of weeks without tournaments. That I am not constantly in preparation for a new match.
- Finally, and in hindsight. Was there anything you would like to have done differently in the finale?
- I do not believe in that there looking back and regretting. I'd rather be positive and look ahead, smiles Caroline Wozniacki.
That we will so do. Not forgetting a fantastic performance.