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Australian Open: Caroline Wozniacki Details Recovery Routine After Advancing In Melbourne

Caroline Wozniacki is taking steps to prevent future injuries as she moved into the second round at the Australian Open.

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Caroline Wozniacki has explained her recovery routine after matches as she progressed at the Australian Open.

The former champion produced an aggressive performance as she won eight of the first ten games before Magda Linette retired from their opening round match.

It was a dominant opening set from Wozniacki before Linette felt her hip/leg injury and was ultimately forced to withdraw.

After the match Wozniacki felt she was aggressive but admitted it’s not the way she wanted to win, “I think all in all I played pretty consistent. I tried to stay aggressive, tried to get close to the lines, move the ball around. I feel like I did that pretty well,” Wozniacki said in her press conference.

“We had some good, long rallies to start off. Yeah, it’s definitely not the way you want to win. You want to see your opponent be healthy. But I saw she tweaked her leg at one point there late in the first set. I wasn’t sure what was happening. Then I just tried to keep my head cool. Was expecting her to finish, but it obviously was bad enough where she felt like she couldn’t.”

Speaking of injuries and being precautious, Wozniacki was asked about how she does her best to recover and prepare for the next match.

The Dane detailed her recovery process and admitted she’s no spring chicken anymore as she looks for more Grand Slam success after her recent hiatus from the sport, “I think about where I thought it was going to be. But obviously I’m no spring chicken anymore, so my body, I just need to be careful with it, treat it accordingly,” Wozniacki responded when asked about how easy her recovery has gone since her comeback.

“I think that’s what I’ve learned in the off-season, to be really diligent with everything that I do. I think that’s the main thing. I’ve played for so many years, been able to push my body to the brink almost every day for that whole time. Now just I really got to be more careful with what I do and how I do things.

“I no longer can be just like, Okay, one minute I’m a little, that’s fine, we’ll just start playing. I really got to do my due diligence with the warm-ups and cool-downs.

“Actually, when I was really young, I had a coach who made me show up 15 minutes early every time, had to do these special stretches, had to warm up. That was the routine every single time. Kind of as I got a little older, probably in my 20s, is like, Oh, yeah, I’ll warm up. Of course I don’t want to get hurt.

“Sometimes it would be a little less, a little more. Now I really need to go back to how I did when I was young, really be there early. I’m usually early, but just really do the warm-ups properly again and cool-downs especially.”

Some really interesting insight into Wozniacki’s preparation as she prepares for her second round clash.

The 33 year-old will now face 20 year-old Maria Timofeeva in the next round on Wednesday.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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Roberto Bautista Agut wins his milestone 400th match on the ATP Tour

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Roberto Bautista Agut came back from one set down to beat Australian Open doubles finalist Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-3 6-1 after 2 hours and 1 minute at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. 

Vavassori earned an early break in the first game. The Italian player earned three break points in the seventh game, but Bautista Agut saved them. The Spanish player broke straight back in the eighth game. Vavassori broke again in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead and saved two break points before closing out the first set 6-4 on his second set point. 

Both players went on serve in the first four games of the second set. Vavassori earned a break point in the fifth game, but he did not convert it. Bautista Agut broke serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead and did not face any break points to win the second set 6-3. 

Bautista Agut broke three times to cruise through to a 6-1. 

Bautista Agut reached the 400th milestone win on the ATP Tour.  The Spanish player has become the 13th active player with at least 400 ATP Tour wins. He achieved 20 wins against members of the top 10, ten wins against top 5 players and four against world number 1s. Bautista Agut is one of the nine players, who have beaten Novak Djokovic as World number 1 more than twice. 

“For me it’s just a number. The important thing is that I have done great work over these years, that I have a very consistent career, a career that I can feel proud of “, said Bautista Agut. 

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Martina Trevisan beats Naomi Osaka to reach the second round in Rouen

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Martina Trevisan upset former world number 1 Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 in the opening round of the Open Capfinances Rouen Metropole. 

Osaka has played her first clay-court match since Roland Garros 2022, where she lost to Amanda Anisimova. The Japanese player has not won a match on clay since beating Anastasia Potapova in the first round of the Madrid Mutua Open in 2022. She helped Japan beat Kazakhstan in the Billie Jean King Cup. 

Trevisan reached the quarter final in 2020 and the semifinal in 2022 at Roland Garros. The former world number 18 won her only title in Rabat in 2022. She reached the quarter finals of the Zaragoza ITF 100 tournament. 

Both players traded breaks in the first two games. Osaka earned two break points at 3-2 and three more chances at 4-3, but she was not able to convert them. Trevisan broke serve in the ninth game following a series of forehand errors. 

Trevisan broke twice in the third and seventh games and served out the win on her first match point. 

Sixteen-year-old Mirra Andreeva beat Elina Avanesyan 7-5 6-4 in 1 hour and 41 minutes to reach her second quarter final of 2024. 

Andreeva went up a break in the seventh game, but Avanesyan pulled back on serve to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the second time in the 11th game to win the second set 7-5. Andreeva broke in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Avanesyan converted her third break-back point in the fourth game to draw level to 2-2. Andreeva broke serve at love in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Avanesyan broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Andreeva broke for the third time in the ninth game and served out the win on her second match point after saving two break points. 

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