Wozniacki looks forward to a second championship at the China Open
News flash: Caroline Wozniacki is a fan of byes.
“I love playing against byes, it’s always easy,” the 23-year-old Dane quipped, drawing laughter at a Sunday press conference. “I always win. I have a very positive record against bye.”
Luckily for the No. 8 ranked Wozniacki, she will be getting some extra rest with a first-round bye in the 2013 China Open. After going deep in the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Wozniacki could use a little time off. The 2010 China Open champion fell to No. 9 Angelique Kerber in the semifinals on Friday, and
“It’s really nice that we have the opportunity to sit over a round,” Wozniacki said. “We come from Tokyo and we just arrived. This tournament starts on a Saturday, so with having to play yesterday, it would be kind of a nightmare.”
Wozniacki is no stranger to the China Open. Despite being only 23, she has participated in Beijing six straight years. She said that having the 2010 title under her belt gives her added confidence this year.
“You always enjoy coming back to places where you’ve won before,” Wozniacki said. “I played here well in the past, so hopefully I can repeat that this year.”
After being the end-of-year No. 1 in both 2010 and 2011, Wozniacki has fallen from her perch at the top, ending 2012 at No. 10 and currently sitting at No. 8 in 2013. Part of the problem for Wozniacki has been her struggles at the majors, where she has yet to win a title in her career.
Wozniacki was undaunted about her play at the majors, and has a positive outlook on the future.
“I don’t really have any concerns,” Wozniacki said. “I just keep going. It’s a sport… It hasn’t been my best year in the Grand Slams this year, but it happens. There is always a new year next year, and hopefully I can do better.”
After being in the media due to her relationship with professional golfer Rory McIlroy, Wozniacki was noncommittal when confronted with engagement questions after No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic’s proposal earlier this week.
Wozniacki said she would like to confirm Djokovic’s proposal with him before jumping to conclusions.
“I need to confirm with the right sources,” Wozniacki said. “If he is, I am really expecting an invitation to the wedding. So I need to have a talk with him.”
Engagements aside, Wozniacki’s focus now turns solely on the task at hand. Claiming a second title at the China Open won’t be an easy task, but the 23-year-old said she wouldn’t be thinking too far ahead as the tournament rolls on.
“For me, I just focus on one match at a time and see what happens,” Wozniacki said. Honestly, I never look at the draw. I just know who I play in the first round.”
Lucky for Wozniacki, her first round “opponent” won’t be putting up much of a fight.
By Zach Mink