Woz not was

19 Jun

Caroline Wozniacki hits a volley during her match against Tamira Paszek.

Caroline Wozniacki looking comfortable at net, Eastbourne 2013.

Caroline Wozniacki’s horror run, in which she has seen her ranking drop from world #1 to #9, may be over courtesy of  a forfeit from Tamira Paszek in the 1st round at Eastbourne. Following first round losses in 4 of her past 5 tournaments, Wozniacki looked far more comfortable on the grass and was up 6/2 and 2/2 when Paszek was forced to retire with a quadricep injury that will put her in doubt for Wimbledon. Paszek must be rueing the timing of this setback, as Wimbledon has been her happy hunting ground with 1/4 final appearances the past 2 years. She has a mountain of points to defend, and the popular Austrian’s ranking of #29 will plummet if she is unable to play.

Also continuing her breakthrough season, American Jamie Hampton (WTA #41) had a strong straight set win over #4 Agnieszka Radwanska. She could be a very dangerous early round match up going into the Wimbledon draw unseeded. Also winning comfortably were Sam Stosur, Petra Kvitova and Li Na.

Wozniacki seemed to put the past few months behind her, and said “the clay season is over, which I am happy about. I love the grass. It’s so much fun to play on”. With golfing superstar boyfriend Rory McIlroy watching on who’s to say Woz not “Was” may prove she still has what it takes.



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