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Old Aug 12th, 2014, 07:50 PM   #4486
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Caroline Wozniacki Hardly Broken Up

One of the better articles I've read post-Rory. Our girl, Caro

Still, I would prefer there to be fewer references to Rory in these articles, though. That may take awhile.
Yes, but the Rory references are inevitable for now. Proud of Caroline though. She's a girl in a million.
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Old Aug 13th, 2014, 04:12 PM   #4487
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Caroline Wozniacki's Career Cratered When She Dated Rory

"In a Great Place," Wozniacki Wants to Win

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Interview with Caro after win over Aga in Cinci

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her presser is very good from last night the girl does indeed sound very much motivated
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her presser is very good from last night the girl does indeed sound very much motivated
Did she say that she knew she didn't play too well? And what she needed to work on?
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Did she say that she knew she didn't play too well? And what she needed to work on?
yes, she said she is very unhappy with her serve especially, but she takes the positives of very good returning (which is true).
She also said that she feels great and ready for the USO
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yes, she said she is very unhappy with her serve especially, but she takes the positives of very good returning (which is true).
She also said that she feels great and ready for the USO
Thank you that's great to hear! I'm excited to see how she goes at the us open!
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yes, she said she is very unhappy with her serve especially, but she takes the positives of very good returning (which is true).
She also said that she feels great and ready for the USO
Good to hear, but we know from experience that she also would have said that if she was on a losing streak of four or five matches.
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Q. She was able to break you eight times in the match, three times in the third. What was she doing well or what were you not doing well with your service games?
SERENA WILLIAMS: She is a really good returner and she was getting everything back. She just made some good shots.
And then not only after the return, she was able to play some really good points.
Yeah, so just she was able to do that really well.
Q. You two got to No. 1 playing pretty different styles of tennis, you and Caroline. You think there is still room for offense and defense to be successful?
SERENA WILLIAMS: Oh, for sure. I for sure think that. She's still playing great tennis, and even better than what she's been playing in the past couple years. She's really taking that defensive game and really just doing well with it.
She also has added a lot of offense to her game and trying to go for some shots. She does both really well.

Q. What have you seen? You've had some easy wins over her the past couple years. These last two weeks were pretty tough.
SERENA WILLIAMS: Yeah, she's just really ‑‑ I think her serve has obviously improved a lot. Also, I think she just gets an extra ball back and makes you just play an extra point, an extra shot, which can be difficult at times.
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Q. Tough loss today. How do you feel about your preparation for the Open?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I think I'm well‑prepared for the Open. I've gotten a lot of matches these last few weeks. In general I'm very pleased about the way I've played.
I'm excited for the US Open coming up.

Q. Are you playing New Haven?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, I'm going to play there.

Q. She was able to break you eight out of nine times. Was she able to get a better read compared to last week?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I just didn't serve well today. Didn't get many first serves in. When I did, they weren't placed very well. It's frustrating, because you lose a set 6‑4 in the third and you only hold serve once.
I actually broke Serena three times in the set. I don't think that happens very often to her either.
So, you know, you feel like you're there and my all game was there. I was fighting. I was running. I was trying to take the ball early. I was returning well.
Then my serve comes around and I can't seem to hold serve. It's frustrating thing when you're out there on the court.

Q. What were some things that your dad was talking to you about during the coaching session that kind of got you to where you could get to 6‑4 in the third?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, he just tried to give me a few pointers on the serve, things to remember. Kind of kept telling me that I need to stay aggressive. I need to stay closer to the baseline.
That was really it.

Q. Were you distracted at all when Serena, the trainer came out to see her?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No, not at all.

Q. Along the lines of your success in breaking her so many times in the last set, what do you attribute that to?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: That's obviously a very positive thing, because Serena is known for the best serve on tour. So to be able to break her that many times is a very positive thing.
Obviously hurts a little bit even more because I feel like my serve is good as well, so I should be able to hold serve more times. It's kind of, you know, bittersweet feeling I suppose, because I just seemed to kind of lose the rhythm a little bit on my serve in the second set.
Yeah, then when I had second serves ‑‑ obviously she was returning well, but then when I have second serves I was pushed back straightaway. She was in attacking mode. That makes it kind of hard.

Q. What were you pleased with with what you did today?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I was very pleased with the way I was fighting. My returns worked good. Got a lot of returns back and deep.
I was pleased in general about my game. The only thing I wasn't pleased about was my serving.

Q. You two got to No. 1 playing very different styles of tennis. Do you think there is still room for both styles to be successful on tour, at the top of the game?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, I think so. You know, obviously Serena is a very strong athlete and she's going to have a different game to mine.
But at the same time, I think what we both do and try to do is take the ball early, try and push‑‑ try and stay close to the court and try and make the opponent run, you know, go for the winner when we can.
I think in that way it's a little similar. Obviously she just has more power than me. She has a huge serve. I usually have a decent serve, just not today.
First set I served pretty well, and then it went downhill from there.

Q. Do you feel more clarity on court now? I know there were times you were trying to be more aggressive and didn't seem to have as clear a game plan as maybe the last couple weeks.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I feel good. I know what I want to do out there and I know what brings me success. That's kind of what I want to keep doing.

Q. You mentioned some specific things that Serena is very good at. Does that mean that your preparation for matches with her is any different?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No. I have a game plan out there that I want to play. I want to make her play my game and she wants me to play her game, so that's how it is.
But it's not different. I know that I'm up against a great opponent and player, so I know it's not going to be easy.
Usually I know that if I break her once that's great. Today I broke her quite a few times and still that didn't help me. (Smiling.)

Q. When you talk about just having a substandard serving day, do you mean percentage? Power? Placement? What exactly does that mean to you?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Little bit of both. You know, the percentage was lower and I think I didn't place it as well as I have in the previous matches and in Montréal. You know, I got a lot of great serves in, put her into defense straightaway, and today I didn't manage to do that.
You know, I knew that she was going to be aggressive on my first serve. That puts a bit more pressure on ‑‑ sorry, on my second serve. That put a bit more pressure on my first serve. I was serving pretty well, as I said, in the beginning, but then I kind of just lost a little bit of timing. Then trying to work my way back in, it's hard, you know.

Q. So aside from the disappointment in your serving today, you were happy with the other aspects of your game today?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, I think I can be happy. I ran a lot of balls down and made her play that extra ball and was aggressive when I could and tried to move forward and mix the pace up a bit. I felt comfortable out there. Felt pretty good.
It's a positive sign going into the US Open.

Q. Did you feel like she was going for more on first serves today compared to Montréal?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No. She always goes for it. In Montréal I had games where she aced me three times in a row. I was like, Okay, next game.
So I felt like I got more returns back in this match.

Q. You've been a fairly popular sort of dark horse pick already for the US Open. People think with this form you've shown you can make a good run there. Do you feel that?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I play well, and I think to beat me you have to play very well. So just to have wait and see what's going to happen.
But I always believe in myself. I feel good. I feel good on these courts. New York has been a good place for me in the past.

Q. How are you feeling on match play? Still confident you want to go through with playing New Haven next week? Feel like you've had enough?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, I've had a lot of matches these couple of weeks. I'm good with playing New Haven. I'm going to use it as even better preparation, you know, get hopefully a few matches in.
We just have to see. I'm taking it more as a few things that I just want to keep working on and take it from there. I'm not in stress of getting a lot of matches. I've got that, so I'll do my best.
That's really it. If I win, it's great. If not, then I have more time before the US Open.

Q. Are they going to have you run around in the bulldog costume again?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No. That was sweaty and smelled pretty badly. That's not going to happen again.
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Wozniacki Overcomes Slow Start, Advances In Connecticut Open
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10:37 p.m. EDT, August 18, 2014

NEW HAVEN -- Sitting in a three-game hole against a sharp, upset-minded opponent, Caroline Wozniacki took a deep breath and found her footing Monday night.

This was an easy court for Wozniacki to regain her composure. The Connecticut Tennis Center is site to some of the most memorable moments of her young career, the place where she won her first title in North America and the stadium where she would win four consecutive crowns.

For a player who rose to No. 1 in the world and has also endured some heartache, this is home.
“I love playing here,” Wozniacki said after her first-round victory at the Connecticut Open Monday.

With an announced crowd of 2,554 supporting her, Wozniacki battled back after losing the first three games of the first set against Timea Bacsinszky, who played herself in the main draw from the qualifying round. Wozniacki eventually pulled even in the set before dropping the last two games.
Upset? Not in New Haven. Wozniacki breezed through the next two sets to complete a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 win.

Next up is Camila Giorgi, who defeated American CoCo Vandeweghe in the first round. After an arduous start to her first match, Wozniacki will be prepared for the next round.

“I have to give [Bacsinszky] credit because she started off well, she started off really aggressively,” Wozniacki said. “She’s obviously got a few matches here before, playing the [qualifying matches]. … I felt pretty good out there. It took me a little bit to get started and I’m just happy to be through to the next match.”

Wozniacki won New Haven 2008-2001, losing in the semifinals the past two years. Overall, she has won 27 of 29 matches in the tournament.

This year, she enters as the No. 12 player in the world and has been playing well. She’s lost to No. 1 ranked Serena Williams in the past two tournament -- in the semifinal in Cincinnati and the quarterfinal in Montreal -- after winning a tournament in Istanbul and reaching the Round of 16 at Wimbledon.

Overall, she is 34-13 in 2014. Of course, 2014 has been a tumultuous year off the court for Wozniacki.

In May, golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Wozniacki. It was famously done by text and the story has been an fodder in the International media, especially with McIlroy rising in the world of golf.

“Honestly, I’ve moved on,” Wozniacki said. “I hope the media will move on sooner rather than later, as well. I feel happy, I’m in a great place mentally. Sometimes things just happy in life that you can’t prepare yourself for and you just have to take it and move on. I’ve done that. I’m definitely a stronger person and, you know, a happier person now. I play well, I’m doing well. So many positives.”

One way she’s coped: running. A lot of running. Wozniacki is training for the Nov. 2 New York Marathon, so she is logging many miles as she prepares.

On Sunday, she ran around the Yale campus. She is not playing Tuesday, so she plans to put in some miles in Greater New Haven.

“It’s going really well,” Wozniacki said. “I’ve been running a lot. … I think it’s helping my tennis as well. I love just going out for a run and kind of think of nothing and just be out there and enjoy nature. I feel like I’m in great shape.”

How does she balance tennis training with marathon training? She’s always been a fitness fanatic, so it’s not much of a stretch. And she has seen her play improve as she’s increased the running.

“I feel like I’m playing better,” Wozniacki said. “I’ve been doing a lot of running, which has helped my physique. It must be intimidating a little bit for the opponents knowing I can be out there for hours and hours and I’m not going to get tired because I’m doing a lot of running, I’m doing a lot of cardio. I think it’s helping my game.”

Her fitness was on display Monday night. Wozniacki seemed to improve as the match wore on, bouncing around the court and moving with as much -- or even more energy -- in the final game as she did in the first.

There’s a direct link between the fitness and the performance between the lines. She is playing well and playing in her favorite spot, already looking through the draw and thinking about another title

“My confidence is high,” Wozniacki said. “I feel like I’ve played really well. I’ve had some good wins and I’ve had a lot of matches, which is great, leading up to the [U.S.] Open. Hopefully I get a few more matches here. How many more? Four?”
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Caroline Wozniacki enjoying the single life, her time at CT Open
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)–Professional success often breeds interest in one’s personal life.

Tennis star Caroline Wozniack was engaged to golf superstar Rory McIlroy– until he broke it off earlier this year.

“You know, sometimes things happen in life that you cant prepare yourself for, and you know, you just have to take it and move on, and I’ve done that,” Wozniacki said. “I’m definitely a stronger person and I’m a happier person now.”

The 24-year old has grown up right before the eyes of New Haven tennis fans.
She feels at home here.

“I’ve had a few matches here, so i think the crowd knows me,” she said. “It’s nice to be back.”

And they’ve embraced her. Wozniacki first won here as an 18 year old in 2008. It was the first of four straight titles in New Haven.

“So much has happened since then. All I had dreamed of when I started and won here the first, time almost everything has come true, reach number one been at the top of the women’s game,” Wozniacki said. “It’s been a fun ride, and hopefully I still have some good years in me.”

She’s already won millions in prize money, thanks to 22 career titles. A Grand Slam title is still an elusive goal, and of course– she would love to get back to number one.

This week, she has plans to hit her favorite cookie spot, and in what’s become tradition, Wozniacki will visit the Yale football team. This time she’s single.

“I’m definitely ready for them, who wouldn’t be?,” she said. “Athletic, smart, tall, strong. Surrounded by 100 guys, it’s not bad.”
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Poised for a Comeback, on Court and Off

Caroline Wozniacki is on the Comeback Trail

It’s been just over three months since the golf star Rory McIlroy called his then-fiancée, the tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. It was a very brief phone call. The wedding invitations had been sent out days earlier. And what Mr. McIlroy had to say surprised everyone. Fans didn’t see it coming. Friends certainly didn’t.

“I was like, ‘No waaaay,’ ” said Serena Williams, a close friend of Ms. Wozniacki. “I was planning the bachelorette party.”

The marriage was off.

“When it comes out of the blue,” Ms. Wozniacki said in a recent interview, “that’s like a shock. It’s like someone dies right in front of you.”

It was not an easy time.

“You start thinking what was wrong?” Ms. Wozniacki said. “What went wrong?”

And perhaps you think: What did I do wrong?

“Exactly,” she said.

They were a beloved sports power couple. Both were young, both were winners, both had popular Twitter feeds that documented their relationship. They had been seeing each other for about three years.

The Wozniacki-McIlroy breakup was arguably the highest-profile sports split since Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert in the 1970s. And this time around there was no bad boy like Mr. Connors. They were both adored.

Over the summer, Mr. McIlroy has soared to success: He’s won two major golf championships, and now TV and golf executives are breathlessly talking about the Rory Era in the same way they once talked about the Tiger Era. He’s becoming a bona fide superstar.

Ms. Wozniacki has made smaller but meaningful strides since the break: She won her first tournament of the year; she’s won 13 of 16 matches since Wimbledon (losing to Ms. Williams twice in competitive three-set matches); her ranking has moved from No. 14 to 11.

On the same day that Mr. McIlroy won the British Open, Ms. Wozniacki won a small tennis tournament, the Istanbul Cup, which led Stephen Colbert to observe: “As sad as the breakup is, fortunately each of them has moved on to the sixth stage of grief: Winning an international sports tournament.”

Ms. Wozniacki would like to do that again. The United States Open begins on Monday and Caroline is back in her favorite city and she’s ready to continue her comeback. And if there’s one thing she wants to focus on, it’s her game. Not him.

“I don’t want to have my name stuck with him forever,” she said. “I’m my own person. I have my own career. The years we had together were great, and unfortunately, things had to end like they did.”

She added: “I know what I want out of a relationship in the future and what I don’t want. I’m happy being single right now.”

A representative for Mr. McIlroy declined to comment for this article.

Ms. Wozniacki was sitting in the lobby of the W Hotel in Union Square one evening last month, dressed in Adidas by Stella McCartney workout clothes (she’s one of the few women’s players dressed by the designer). She has a pied-à-terre across Union Square Park that she reportedly purchased for nearly $9 million in 2011.


Ms. Wozniacki, 24, was born to Polish parents, grew up in Denmark and makes Monaco her principal home now. She was the No. 1 ranked player in the world at the end of the 2010 and 2011 seasons but she has not yet won a Grand Slam tournament (she reached the women’s final at the 2009 United States Open).

Though she’s well known in sports circles, she’s not quite a household name. Two 20-year-old women sitting across from Ms. Wozniacki at the W, who overheard her talking about her career and her breakup, revealed to a reporter later that they figured out her name by Googling “tennis player breakup” (she dominated the first couple of pages of search results).

After the breakup, Ms. Wozniacki said, she’s found more time for friends, family and tennis. Her father and coach, Piotr Wozniacki, said she’s more focused now.

“I’ve been in the gym all the time, running all the time,” Ms. Wozniacki said, smiling brightly, as she did over the course of an hour. “It got me in a better mood.”

She’s really taken to running: She plans to participate in the New York City Marathon in November for a charity, and though she won’t say it, it’s not that difficult to figure out why. Her wedding was supposed to have been the same month.

“I think at this point for Caroline, she’s looking for some distractions, some challenges, new things in her life now,” said Chris Evert — someone who has had her share of very public splits — during a recent ESPN telecast. “She’s had a tough year emotionally.”

But some in the tennis community are a little perplexed by her sudden infatuation with running. “A lot of people are confused over the fact that she wants to run the marathon,” said the veteran broadcaster Mary Carillo. “Tennis is a game of sprints of undetermined length in undetermined direction over and over again. I understand that she’s doing it for charity, but it seems odd to train for a physical event that’s so different from your own in the middle of your tennis career.”

If there’s one thing that everyone does agree on, it’s Ms. Wozniacki’s high standing among fans and her colleagues. Ms. Carillo compared her to tennis’s former Miss Congeniality. “She reminds me more of Kim Clijsters than anybody,” she said, referring to the former tennis star.

Even during the 2009 Open, when Ms. Wozniacki defeated the sweetheart of the tournament, the 17-year-old underdog Melanie Oudin, she endeared herself to fans. After the match, she roamed the Flushing Meadows grounds, posed for photos, donned a Morten Andersen Saints jersey simply because someone asked her to, and never stopped smiling. She was a hit.

Ms. Williams, who has not spent much time palling around with women’s tennis players except for her sister, Venus, has made an exception for Ms. Wozniacki, whom she described as “honorable and kind and has a really good heart.” Since the split, they have been hanging out a lot. In late May, right after the breakup, they spent time in Miami together and posted photos to Instagram while the paparazzi gleefully snapped away when Ms. Wozniacki was walking around in a bikini.

And Ms. Williams said it was notable how Ms. Wozniacki would not say a bad word about Mr. McIlroy during that time.

“I was like: ‘How can you be so nice?’ ” Ms. Williams said. “She said: ‘I could never hate him. He’s been a big part of my life and even if I wanted to, I couldn’t hate him.’ I was really influenced by that.”

The exes do not keep in touch, however. Asked if she has spoken to Mr. McIlroy since he phoned her to call it all off, Ms. Wozniacki said, “No, not really, no.” She said she did not watch his recent major victories (“I don’t follow his life and I don’t really follow golf anymore,” she said).

“I don’t believe in holding onto someone who doesn’t want to be with you,” she said. “I definitely want someone who just wants you for who you are. I’m very upfront, I’m very honest and I’m very straightforward and I think some people get intimidated by that. I’m not saying Rory did...”

She paused.

“In general, a lot of people do, and if I’m in a relationship that’s strong, I’m the person I am and that’s exactly what you get.”

Ms. Wozniacki sounds older than her age reflects. (When talking about a match she played at 19, she described herself as “young” using air quotes). And in the last three months, she said she’s learned plenty about herself and how to move forward.

“It’s important in relationships to talk,” she said. “If there’s a problem, you talk about it. That’s normal. Obviously, I didn’t have that chance. At the end of the day, I couldn’t have done anything different. I couldn’t have done anything more. I gave everything I had. And if that’s not enough, that’s fine. I’ll find someone who will.”

After Rory McIlroy called off their wedding in May, Caroline Wozniacki has focused on her game. “I don’t want to have my name stuck with him forever,” she said. “I’m my own person. I have my own career.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/24/fa...rail.html?_r=0

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