Caroline Wozniacki's rollercoaster year of highs and lows

Having been so close to clinching her maiden grand slam title for so many years, but ultimately always falling short,...

Posted: Apr 19, 2018 3:56 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2018 3:56 PM

Having been so close to clinching her maiden grand slam title for so many years, but ultimately always falling short, many thought the increasing pressure of Caroline Wozniacki's near misses would see her never win a major.

The Dane went some way to answering those critics with a victory at the year-end WTA Finals in October, before sweeping all before her to win the Australian Open in January.

Wozniacki won her maiden grand slam at the Australian Open

Now has 'more belief' she can do it again

With that first grand slam now under her belt, Wozniacki herself admits the alleviation of expectation could potentially now propel her to become a multiple major winner.

"Going into the next three grand slams, I definitely have more belief and I think less pressure on my shoulders," Wozniacki told CNN Sport's Alex Thomas.

READ: Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep to win Australian Open and first major

"That can be a great combination and I'm just trying to work hard every day to peak for the French (Open) and obviously Wimbledon and the US Open. I'll definitely do my best and we'll see what happens."

Despite the French Open and Wimbledon being just around the corner, Wozniacki has understandably already set her sights on the year's final grand slam, the US Open.

The 27-year-old has managed a combined total of just two quarterfinals and a handful of fourth round appearances at Roland Garros and Wimbledon since 2007.

Her fortunes have significantly improved at the US Open, where she's reached the semifinals three times and the final twice.

"I definitely feel like that's the one I was the closest at and I feel those courts really fit me and suit me well," she said. "I have great fans there and that was the one I thought I was going to catch first.

"But we'll see, hopefully I have a chance this year and hopefully if the draw provides good luck for me then I can go all the way."

READ: Caroline Wozniacki beats Venus Williams for first time to win WTA Finals

'Margarita on the beach'

Wozniacki is good friends with Serena Williams, who at the age of 36, after overcoming pregnancy-related health complications, could make her grand slam return at the French Open.

Already with an open era record of 23 majors to her name, former world No. 1 Williams has dominated women's tennis for almost two decades.

Though this longevity is something Wozniacki admires, arguing it is what makes Williams one of sport's all-time greats, she herself cannot imagine playing professional tennis for so long.

"Definitely not, I don't see myself playing for that many years," she said.

"I think it's incredible that she has been playing (for so long) and playing so well for so many years and obviously that's why she's one of the greatest women's athletes ever and has made so much history.

"I see myself by that point probably just enjoying my time with a margarita on the beach."

READ: Serena return sparks seeding debate

'I definitely didn't sleep well'

But 2018 year hasn't been all positive for Wozniacki. Just last month, while playing at the Miami Open, she claimed members of her box, which included two children, had been subject to death threats from the crowd.

Facing Puerto Rican Monica Puig, who was backed by partizan home crowd -- Miami has a large Latin population -- Wozniacki said some of the support crossed the line.

She criticized the organizers of the Miami Open in a post on Facebook and found the response by the tournament director, former player James Blake, less than satisfactory.

At the time, tournament director Blake issued a statement, which said: "We had tournament and Women's Tennis Association staff as well as tournament security courtside. They never witnessed, nor were they notified of any specific threats made to their players or their families."

It's a response that still rankles with Wozniacki.

"I can't really do anything about how they reacted to it," she said. "Obviously I don't think they did a great job so I was a bit disappointed with their statement and obviously they didn't do anything about it.

"But I was proud of the way I stood up for myself and my family and having my fiance's 10-year-old niece and nephew there, crying after the match and having to explain to them on the car ride home that this is not how people normally behave was very hard for me.

"I definitely didn't sleep well for a while after that. I think you live and you learn and the beauty of tennis is that we normally have incredible fans all over the world and they're very respectful usually and I hope this is just a one-off thing and that it won't happen again."

Blake's representatives did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

Huntsville
Scattered Clouds
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 88°
Florence
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 87°
Fayetteville
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 87°
Decatur
Few Clouds
87° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 88°
Scottsboro
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 90°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 89927

Reported Deaths: 1580
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson11650225
Mobile8998191
Montgomery6198143
Madison493225
Tuscaloosa391263
Baldwin317522
Shelby300232
Marshall294730
Unassigned263351
Lee249140
Morgan220615
Etowah191425
DeKalb167713
Elmore158437
Calhoun15359
Walker145763
Houston130912
Dallas128023
Russell12201
Franklin118420
Limestone118313
St. Clair118212
Cullman111311
Colbert107612
Lauderdale105312
Autauga101020
Escambia96515
Talladega89013
Jackson8163
Chambers81438
Tallapoosa80478
Dale77619
Butler75135
Blount7223
Covington70420
Coffee7035
Chilton6976
Pike6547
Barbour5625
Lowndes54624
Marion53524
Marengo51514
Clarke4849
Hale44925
Bullock43711
Perry4284
Winston42811
Wilcox4029
Monroe3884
Randolph38810
Conecuh37110
Bibb3643
Pickens3639
Sumter36118
Washington31011
Macon30813
Lawrence3060
Crenshaw2843
Choctaw27312
Henry2433
Greene24011
Cherokee2337
Geneva2260
Clay2165
Lamar1942
Fayette1695
Cleburne1141
Coosa902
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 109627

Reported Deaths: 1073
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby21296285
Davidson19320199
Rutherford604251
Hamilton562147
Knox392634
Williamson323022
Sumner316069
Unassigned29244
Out of TN282312
Wilson206420
Montgomery171111
Bradley170510
Sevier17025
Trousdale15726
Putnam154713
Robertson143216
Hamblen121713
Tipton11049
Blount10987
Maury10665
Washington10382
Madison88912
Bedford86210
Macon83413
Hardeman79411
Sullivan7809
Lake7440
Bledsoe6681
Loudon6493
Fayette6178
Anderson5995
Dickson5871
Gibson5582
Cheatham5445
Dyer5427
Rhea4971
Jefferson4892
McMinn47920
Lawrence4746
Obion4274
Henderson4260
Carter4245
Lauderdale4216
Coffee4112
Warren4004
Hardin3987
Cocke3911
Cumberland3756
Greene3695
Haywood3695
Smith3613
Monroe3569
Roane3561
Giles3449
Hawkins3244
McNairy3105
DeKalb3041
Franklin2854
Marshall2632
Weakley2603
Lincoln2511
Carroll2263
Hickman2260
Crockett2233
Wayne2141
Claiborne2120
Henry2110
Campbell2071
Marion2064
Chester1921
White1913
Grainger1680
Polk1661
Johnson1600
Decatur1591
Unicoi1360
Overton1341
Union1180
Cannon1170
Jackson1071
Grundy1012
Humphreys1013
Scott1010
Meigs960
Sequatchie940
Benton921
Morgan791
Fentress740
Hancock741
Perry740
Stewart700
Clay620
Lewis561
Houston550
Moore420
Van Buren320
Pickett221

 

 

Community Events