Sunday 21 July 2019

Caroline Wozniacki: I know what I need to do to bring US Open success

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki

Mark Staniforth

Caroline Wozniacki might not be the most obvious pick when it comes to choosing a potential winner of the upcoming US Open at Flushing Meadows.

The 24-year-old Dane is probably best known for her failure to cap her career with a grand slam title despite spending 67 weeks ranked number one in the world from October 2010.

Wozniacki's stunning consistency in lesser tournaments was not matched on the big stage, with her sole appearance in a major final in New York in 2009 bringing defeat to Belgium's Kim Clijsters.

It is now approaching three years since Wozniacki last made an appearance in a grand slam semi-final - coincidentally also in New York in 2011, where she was beaten by Serena Williams.

But now ranked 12 in the world and freed from the burden of so much expectation, Wozniacki is making moves that suggest she may be in good shape to go deep into the second week of another major tournament.

Wozniacki said: "I feel like my body is in a place where it wants to be and I always play well in this part of the year leading up to the US Open.

"I've had some tough draws and some big challenges but they've been working out well for me and I've got a lot of confidence at the moment."

Wozniacki will head into the tournament on the back of an encouraging display in Cincinnati, where she beat Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska en route to the semi-finals before losing a tight three-set match to Williams.

Wozniacki had also taken a set off Williams the previous week in the quarter-finals in Montreal, and in July was a convincing winner of the WTA tournament in Istanbul.

Unsurprisingly Wozniacki, who lost her top world ranking in 2012 as an apparently irreversible singles decline set in, insists she considers her current position to be largely irrelevant.

"I actually thought I was ranked 13 this week until my coach told me it was 12," added Wozniacki.

"At the end of the day if I play well my ranking will be there, and I know what I need to do out there to bring success.

"I am playing well and you have to play well to beat me. I always believe in myself and I feel good on these (hard) courts. New York has been a good place for me in the past."

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