Wozniacki: I’ve done everything except win a Slam
Originally published on: 22/08/12 00:00
Although she has not won a tournament since New Haven last August, the world No.8 has shown improving form in recent weeks, having reached the quarter-finals at the Olympics and the semi-finals in Montreal before losing to Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova respectively.
“It will always go up and down in tennis,” Wozniacki said. “In my short career – or long career, however you want to look at it – I’ve done pretty much everything except win a Grand Slam. It’s been great. Sometimes you face these tough times where you don’t win everything, but you just have to get through this and on the other side there are always some more wins and some more fun things coming. I feel like I’ve been practising really well and hopefully with some matches my matchplay will get even better. That’s what I’m hoping for.”
Wozniacki believes there are no major problems with her game and that she just needs to build confidence with some more wins. “Sometimes you win tournaments where you’ve been down and you think: ‘How did I get through this match and how did that happen?’ Then you turn around and win the tournament. All of a sudden you’re winning again – and then with one ball it might turn again.
“That’s sport and that’s tennis. You just have to keep fighting and keep going. It won’t be the first or the last time you lose with match points or been down on match points and won the match, so you just have to look at it from both sides.”
Wozniacki has been pleased by her work with her new coach, Thomas Johansson. “He’s a great guy,” she said. “He gets some new exercises and it’s fun to go to practice. We always work on a few things. My stance has changed on my serve – just a few things like that. You just need to get everything together in some matches and just get through it.”
How has Johansson’s arrival affected the position of Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, who used to be her only coach? “He’s still on the court. He talks with Thomas. Thomas is not going to be there all the time. My Dad knows me the best out of anyone in this world, so it’s great to have him there and also to have Thomas’ input. It’s nice to have them together. I think that’s a good solution.”