Sport Wozniacki relaxed after emphatic start to 2018

19:55  13 february  2018
19:55  13 february  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

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Beginning the year by winning the Australian Open and returning to world number one means Caroline Wozniacki can take a relaxed approach.

Beginning the year by winning the Australian Open and returning to world number one means Caroline Wozniacki can take a relaxed approach. Caroline Wozniacki feels the pressure is off for the rest of the season after winning her first grand slam at the Australian Open and returning to the top of the

Caroline Wozniacki - cropped: Caroline Wozniacki with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup © Provided by Omnisport Caroline Wozniacki with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup

Caroline Wozniacki feels the pressure is off for the rest of the season after winning her first grand slam at the Australian Open and returning to the top of the world rankings.

The Dane defeated Simona Halep in three sets on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park last month, finally joining the ranks of major champions after losing her maiden slam decider against Kim Clijsters at the US Open in 2009.

She lost to Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals of the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy upon her return to action, but the 27-year-old expects to play with plenty of freedom throughout the 2018 campaign.

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Beginning the year by winning the Australian Open and returning to world number one means Caroline Wozniacki can take a relaxed approach. Caroline Wozniacki feels the pressure is off for the rest of the season after winning her first grand slam at the Australian Open and returning to the top of the

After that match, Wozniacki was quoted as saying she had nothing to lose and in the final she played as such, despite competing for the biggest prize of her life and one that had eluded her for so long. “I’m just happy I won the title and it’s really special to start off the year like this.

"I'm a competitor, I hate to lose and I love to win and I think that's motivating me," she told WTA Media.

"I love to stand there and be the last person... with the trophy.

"And I think obviously it's hard right after a grand slam when you've won and it's been taking a lot out of me.

"But I'm excited to be here and I'm excited for the rest of the season.

"But I think no matter what happens for the rest of the season, it's still going to be a very successful season.

"But having the chance now, with three more grand slams to go, and I'm excited to see what they'll bring."

Wozniacki topped the world rankings from October 2010 to February 2011 and again between February 2011 and January 2012, having briefly been deposed by Clijsters.

Headline acts Wozniacki and Halep through in Doha

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Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after winning the women’s singles final match against Romania’s Simona Halep at Australian Open 2018 in Melbourne. Photograph: Xinhua / Barcroft Images.

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After that period of dominance, it has taken her six years to return to the summit, but she claims holding on to her status as the game's top player is not a major motivation.

"It's an added bonus and obviously it's very special," she said.

"I think, to get my first grand slam and then reach number one at the same time was... I couldn't have scripted it any better.

"It was everything that I could have hoped for. And I think now, the ranking and obviously whatever happens for the rest of the year, I think it's a little less important.

"Obviously I want to stay number one and I want to stay there for a long as possible.

"But at the end of the day I think the fact that I proved myself that I could make it back there was bigger for me.

"After so many years, to come back to that place, I think was more special and something that I cherish a lot."

Resilient Kvitova ousts Wozniacki in Doha thriller .
Petra Kvitova came off the ropes to beat Caroline Wozniacki and extend her winning run to 12 matches in Doha.The tenacious Petra Kvitova will face Garbine Muguruza in the Qatar Open final after fighting back from the brink of defeat to beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

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