Caroline Wozniacki Reflects On Her Time As World No.1 In Toronto
Heading into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup, there is one similarity between Caroline Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova. They both know what it is like to be world No.1.
27-year-old Wozniacki cruised into the last eight in Toronto with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-1, win over Agnieszka Radwanska. The Dane book her place with the help of 17 winners and converted six out of her 10 break point opportunities.
“I’ve known Aga since we were probably five and six or six and seven,” Wozniacki said after her win. “So there’s really no surprises or, you know, any secrets.
“Nothing really changes. We go out there and we battle it out every time. And, you know, we’ve played each other a million times also in juniors and in practice, we hit together a lot. Every match we just go out there and we try our best.”
.@CaroWozniacki was 0-4 in Toronto prior to 2017.
— Rogers Cup Toronto (@rogerscup) 10 August 2017
This season marks the seventh anniversary of when Wozniacki became world No.1. At the 2010 China Open she battled to the title, becoming the first player from her country (male or female) to top the rankings. Since then, Wozniacki has held the top position for a total of 67 weeks. Although a grand slam title still eludes her.
“I was actually just really enjoying it.” She said about her time as world No.1. “It’s a dream come true. It’s something that I dreamed of since I was a little girl. And I was very lucky and fortunate and, obviously, worked hard to get there. I just enjoyed every moment.”
Despite the delight of being classed as the best player in the world, there is also a daunting level of expectation. Earlier this year Angelique Kerber came under criticism for her lacklustre performance whilst world No.1. The German, who won two major title last year, is yet to defeat a top 20 player on the tour this season.
The pressure is something Wozniacki has grown accustomed to, but it doesn’t necessarily make it easier. She recounts one time when she was challenged by a member of the media about her loss to Vera Zvonareva, who was world No.2 at the time.
“I came back in my press conference and my first question was like, You must be extremely disappointed. How does it feel losing to someone who’s lower ranked than you?” Wozniacki recounted.
“And I was like, Is that a serious question or are you actually just joking right now?”
Pliskova is now headlining the women’s tour. She will be Wozniacki’s next opponent in Toronto on Friday. A showdown that the sixth seed is relishing.
“She’s a great player. She’s playing very aggressive and she’s playing fast. She’s had a great year.” The Dane commented.
“And it’s going to be difficult, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to have fun out there.”
Overall Wozniacki leads Pliskova 4-2 in their head-to-head.