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Caroline Wozniacki Pays Tribute To ‘Role Model’ Serena Williams

The former world No.1 speaks out about the impact the Williams sisters has had on her.

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Serena Williams is one of the best examples for younger players on the tour to follow, according to her rival Caroline Wozniacki.

 

The Dane spoke about the 23-time grand slam champion following her straight sets win over Yulia Putintseva at the Rogers Cup. The two have faced each other on the tour 11 times so far in their careers. Williams has won 10 of those meetings with Wozniacki’s sole victory taking place at the 2012 Miami Open.

Despite her emphatic losing record against the American, Wozniacki relishes their rivalry on the court. Branding Williams, who has won 72 WTA titles, as one of the greatest players of all time in her press conference.

“It’s always fun to play someone who is the best ever to play the game. You learn a lot every time.” She said.
“We’ve played against each other quite a lot. And obviously she always pushes you to play your best tennis. And you have to serve and you have to return well to have a chance, and then you just have to keep your head down and keep playing.”

The two have formed a close friendship over the years. Williams was one of Wozniacki’s bridesmaids earlier this year when she married NBA player Davis Lee. The wedding took place at the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany, Italy.

Eight years younger than 37-year-old Williams, the world No.18 has praised both her and her sister Venus’ longevity in the sport. At present Williams is the fourth oldest player to have a WTA ranking and Venus is second. The oldest is Hungarian world No.362 Greta Arn, who is aged 40. Neither of the Williams sisters have indicated that they will retire from the tour anytime soon.

“I think she’s an awesome role model for the next generation as well. And she’s been playing for such a long time.” Wozniacki said of Williams.
“I remember when I was young, a long time ago, watching her on TV. And the fact that she’s still here, still playing, her and Venus, I think is very impressive and something that I can only take my hat off for.”

To put the longevity of those two players into perspective, Wozniacki says her father Piotr used to compare the Williams sisters with her opponents on the junior tour. Piotr has coached his daughter on the tour since the age of 14.

The comparison was fine for the Dane, until the first time she played Venus on the tour.

“I remember being maybe 10, 11 years old, and I would play a girl and I would think she had a big serve. My dad would always say, ‘You’re not playing Venus or Serena. This girl doesn’t have a big serve, so just suck it up and play.’ And I was like, Okay, okay.” Wozniacki explained.
“That mentally got me through a lot until the first time I played Venus. And I think I was maybe 16 or 17, and I was like, ‘Dad, so what am I supposed to do now?’I know this girl has a big serve.’ I’m playing Venus. ‘
“He’s was like ‘Yeah, can’t help you there. Good luck.’”

This year is the first time Williams will play in the Rogers Cup since 2015. She will take on Elise Mertens in her opening match. Meanwhile, Wozniacki will play either Ajla Tomljanović or Iga Swiatek in her next match.

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(VIDEO) Australian Open Day Three: Roger Federer Gains Momentum As Wind Causes Havoc

It was a blustery day at Melbourne Park but it failed to derail the big names in the tournament.

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Playing in only his second competitive match of 2020, Roger Federer has reminded his rivals of the threat he posed with a clinical win over Filip Krajinović where he dropped only five games. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic was in equally impressive shape during his victory over Japan’s Tatsuma Ito. In the women’s draw a fiery Serena Williams also blasted her was into the third round.

 

Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta reviews all the action that took place on Wednesday.

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Coach Of Dayana Yastremska Blasts Wozniacki’s Claim Of Fake Medical Timeout At Australian Open

One of the rising stars of the women’s tour is facing allegations of poor sportsmanship.

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The chief coach of Dayana Yastremska has insisted that the world No.21 had been suffering from a problem with her leg after it was alleged that she deliberate called a medical time out to disrupt her opponent’s momentum.

 

The 23rd seed crashed out of the Australian Open in straight sets on Wednesday to Caroline Wozniacki. Despite having a double break advantage during both of those sets. Towards the end of the match, proceedings were halted when Yastremska sought medical assistance. She called for a trainer whilst trailing 5-7, 4-5. Prompting the former world No.1 to question her motives on the court.

“Obviously she tried to break my rhythm. And at 5-4 I don’t think there is anything wrong. She was running just fine. So that’s a trick that she’s done before, and I knew that it was coming.” Wozniacki commented during her press conference.
“But I was just trying to stay focused. I had match point. I had chances. I didn’t take them. Some of them she played well; some of them I played too passively.’
“In the end I just tried to keep focusing, just keep grinding, keep hanging in there. And I finally made it at 6-5 for me, and that was a nice relief.”

Despite the timeout, it had little impact on the outcome. With the soon-to-be-retired Wozniacki prevailing 7-5, 7-5. A case of sweet revenge for the Dane who lost to Yastremska last year in Cincinnati.

The allegations made against the 19-year-old has prompted a furious response from her coach Sascha Bajin on social media. Bajin is best known for previously guiding Naomi Osaka to both of her grand slam titles and has also previously worked with Kristina Mladenovic.

“Just to shut some people up and end this useless convo. Dayana was really struggling since days with her leg, but since y’all are all doctors and coaches you know better then she herself or our whole team who’s working with her.” He wrote on Twitter.

Historically, Yastremska does have a history of taking late media timeouts during matches. In the final of the Thailand Open last year, she requested a break whilst down 2-5 in the final set of the title match. Upon resumption, she went on to win the title. Meanwhile, Kiki Bertens also previously cast shade on her rival.

“Well, I played her three times and three times it happened, so that’s my answer,” The Dutch player said earlier this month during the Brisbane International.

Yastremska have won three WTA titles so far in her career with two of those triumphs occurring last year. It is the first time she has failed to win back-to-back matches at a grand slam since the French Open.

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Coco Gauff Undeterred By Mouthwatering Australian Open Showdown With Osaka

The rising star looks ahead to her clash with the world No.4.

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Teenage sensation Coco Gauff says she has nothing to lose in her upcoming clash with Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.

 

Gauff, who is the youngest player in this year’s draw at the age of 15, battled into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Taking on Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, the American prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, after more than two hours of play. Coming back from a 0-3 deficit in the deciding set to progress into the last 32 of the tournament on her debut. Gauff has now won six main draw grand slam matches before her 16th birthday.

“I think I was just trying to stay calm mostly and stay positive. I’ve always believed that I can come back regardless of the score.” She commented about her latest win.
“The whole match I knew I needed to be more aggressive. I guess I finally decided to do that even though I wish I decided earlier.’
“I think I kind of felt the momentum changing. I knew I had to keep pressing.”

Tipped to be a future star of the women’s game, Gauff achieved another record with her latest win. She is the first female American player to reach the third round of her first three grand slam tournaments in 30 years. A fete that wasn’t even achieved by the formidable Williams sisters.

The reward for the youngster is a second meeting with two-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka, who won the Australian Open title 12 months ago. They first clashed at the US Open last September with the Japanese player dropping only three games against Gauff.

Despite being the underdog in the upcoming match, Gauff has vowed to give it her all. Now familiar with Osaka’s game on the court, the world No.67 believes she will be ‘less nervous’ during their next meeting.

“I think in general my mindset has always been nothing to lose really. Even when in juniors, even though I was ranked pretty high in juniors, I was technically supposed to win. Then I still felt like I had nothing to lose.” She explained.
“I still feel that now. I think my mindset just is I’m going to fight. If I lose, the world is not going to end. I’m going to have another match in maybe a week or so.’
“I think it’s just less pressure to win. I feel like for me, I’m not trying to win so much, but trying to play my best tennis on the court. Winning comes with that if I play good.”

Reflecting on their previous encounter, Gauff paid tribute to her rival. Who consoled her tearful opponent on the court following their match at the Arthur Ashe stadium. A gestured hailed by the teenager as ‘true sportsmanship.’

“I think that’s something if I had a child or something, that’s something I would want my child to see.” She said.
“It just shows what being a competitor really is. You might hate the person on the court, but off the court you love them, not really like hate. But you want to win.’
“Sometimes when we’re on the court, we say things we don’t mean because we have that mentality.”

Gauff will play Osaka on Friday. Osaka beat China’s Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4, in her second round match earlier in the day.

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