Sunday 21 July 2019

Wozniacki plays it cool after cruise past peer

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Shahar Peer of Israel in their women's singles tennis match at Wimbledon
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return to Shahar Peer of Israel in their women's singles tennis match at Wimbledon

Caroline Wozniacki has found a fan in Feliciano Lopez but played coy about the nature of their friendship after coasting through her Wimbledon opener.

The ups and downs of former world No 1 Wozniacki's love life have received more attention than her tennis lately, especially in the wake of her split from fiance Rory McIlroy, the Major-winning golfer who called off their engagement last month after wedding invitations had been sent out.

Spaniard Lopez took time out before playing and winning his first-round match against Yuichi Sugita to watch Wozniacki finishing off a 6-3 6-0 victory over Israel's Shahar Peer on Court 12. Wozniacki had been closing in on victory when rain arrived on Monday, and reeled off four straight games on the resumption to secure her place in the second round.

She will tackle Britain's Naomi Broady in the second round, but said: "I don't really know much about her, so I'll have to have my team do a little bit of research and some scouting."

Clearly she is playing well again, and Wozniacki gives Serena Williams an abundance of credit for lifting her spirits in recent weeks.The pair were pictured enjoying beach life in Florida after their exits from the French Open, and went to dinner together at the weekend.

Wozniacki said: "Serena is a great girl. She is an amazing friend. She's always been there for me whenever I've needed her."

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