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Wozniacki keen to end long wait

Oliver Brown

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

Italy's Camila Giorgi returns against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their women's singles third round match on day six of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
Italy's Camila Giorgi returns against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their women's singles third round match on day six of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2015. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE -- AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKGLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki might uncharitably be described as the big girl for the small occasion. No woman in the game has ever won more than her 23 tour titles without also furnishing the CV with at least one major trophy.

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It is almost inconceivable that this elegant and versatile player, a former world No 1 no less, has never made incursions beyond the last 16 at Wimbledon, but she again clutches a chance to correct the aberration after a 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Camila Giorgi that belied her wretched record on this stage.

The Dane could be forgiven for harbouring a certain paranoia about her eight-year major-less streak. Her decision to take to Court No 1 yesterday wearing the same necklace that she had chosen for last year's New York Marathon suggested that she was seeking some form of providential aid.

Wozniacki swatted aside Giorgi, a temperamental opponent who had often troubled her. So effectively did she neutralise the Italian's threat, committing not a single unforced error in the opening set while Giorgi made 20, she was at a loss to explain why her Wimbledon pedigree was so patchy.

"Yeah, there's no reason why I shouldn't have been able to make it past the fourth round," Wozniacki, 24, who has fallen at this stage four times, said.

"I've won Eastbourne, I've won the Wimbledon juniors. I feel very comfortable on the grass and I love playing here."

She has so far appeared restored to the graceful talent who stood at the summit of the world rankings for 67 weeks in 2010 and 2011. There was no suggestion of the back injury that forced her to withdraw from her Eastbourne tune-up this month, and no trace of the anxieties that have often paralysed her in the early rounds.

She eclipsed the 31st seed Giorgi with ease. "She is such a tricky opponent, she hits the ball so hard. I'm pleased at how I managed to keep my composure."

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