Wozniacki struggles with swing in Dubai
Originally published on: 20/02/12 15:17
Caroline Wozniacki has not had the best of starts to the year and now she is suffering new frustrations – on the golf course. The 21-year-old Dane has been spending time with her boyfriend, Rory McIlroy, and although her golf game is improving she knows she has much work to do.
“I wish it was better,” Wozniacki said in Dubai today when asked about her golfing abilities. “I think in my mind that it’s good, but actually it’s not. It gets pretty frustrating.” What did she think were the best parts of her golf game? “My putting probably. My drive is a disaster. My seven-iron is pretty good.”
Wozniacki said it was “nice to have a good coach”, though she said the best tips came from golf pros introduced to her by McIlroy. Had she been helping McIlroy with his tennis? “I don’t think so. I know how to play, I don’t know how to coach. I think he feels a bit the same way. He can hit the ball pretty well, especially with the forehand, so he’s OK.”
Is her golf better than his tennis? “No, I think his tennis is better than my golf – for the moment. I think I have the potential to be a better golfer than he does to be a better tennis player. But I think I still need some time.”
Wozniacki was with McIlroy when the Irishman played the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this month. McIlroy shared the lead after two rounds but eventually finished one shot behind the winner, Robert Rock. Wozniacki went on to play in last week’s Qatar Open, where she suffered an early defeat to Lucie Safarova.
Having lost her world No.1 ranking to Victoria Azarenka at last month’s Australian Open, Wozniacki could even drop down to No.5 if she struggles at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Championships – but at least that might give her time to practise her golf on one of Dubai’s championship courses.