Evert speaks with Wozniacki in the One-On-One series
The fifth installment in the recently launched WTA One-On-One series by Chris Evert features 2018 Australian Open champion and former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who explains how she got into the game and the many highs and bottom of his career.
“To be the best or to stay the best you have to keep improving yourself,” Wozniacki said in conversation with Evert, posted earlier this week.
Wozniacki’s tennis career was not a serious one at the start, but just a way to get her out of the house and channel her childhood energy into athletics. The Dane played soccer, gymnastics and even swimming. In the end, she chose to continue developing her game of tennis, the sport she found most fun.
At 20, she beat Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals of the China Open, which would propel her to number one.
While this was the Dane’s lifelong dream, the achievement came with a tinge of sadness. After a big celebration and receiving a flower arrangement in the shape of a number one, she quickly realized that being number 1 wasn’t too different from being number 100.
“I go up to the training ground and my dad is like, ‘Move your feet, faster racket speed, get up to the ball,’ I’m like, ‘Hold on, so nothing has really changed?’ I’m No. 1 in the world but nothing has really changed, it’s still the same. ”
At that point, she understood that the sport was all about travel, the long hours spent on the training ground and playing titanic matches. Wozniacki would go on to become the year-end world No.1 for two consecutive seasons, which today is a rare achievement on the WTA tour.
“I enjoyed the pressure. I think I played my best under pressure and I think I bring my A-game when it really matters. So I think that was something I had. really enjoyed it, I enjoyed being in this position, ”she mentioned.
Wozniacki also opened up about her fairytale finish at the 2018 Australian Open. Once she completed the task of winning a Grand Slam event, her resume was complete in her eyes and thoughts of retirement. were starting to creep in.
“In my head, I would never feel like I was ready to retire until I had my Grand Slam. It was kind of the last thing I felt I needed, and I felt I deserved to give myself a chance to get one. I don’t think I would have retired without really getting into this slam. “
For nearly half an hour, the conversation was filled with exciting snippets of Wozniacki’s journey on and off the pitch.
Evert’s series continues next week with a brand new episode.