No doubt emboldened by the positive reaction to Thursday’s tour-de-force press conference, Caroline Wozniacki raised the stakes after Saturday’s fourth-round victory over Anastasija Sevastova, taking the opening question and running with it:
Q. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? If it’s illegal, we promise not to tell anyone.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Uhm, embarrassing or just…
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Exciting. I’ve done a lot of exciting things, I think. The most exciting? There are some things I just can’t tell because it wouldn’t look good (smiling).
Well, the other day I went to the park and I saw this kangaroo lying there. If you’ve seen, I’m playing with the thing on my shin here. It was lying there. So I wanted to go over and help it out. As I went over to it, it just started to be aggressive and it actually cut me. So I think that’s pretty exciting. But I learned my lesson and I just started running away.
Q. You went to help it out? You thought it was dying or something?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I thought I was going to be nice and try to help it out because it was just lying there. I thought maybe it needed some help. I wanted to take it up and maybe bring it somewhere.
Q. It was a baby?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: It wasn’t big. It was a baby. I just wanted to help it out. I found out that I shouldn’t do that.
Q. Scratch you pretty good?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, it scratched me pretty well. That’s why I’m playing with this tape on my shin.
Q. Did you go to the doctor?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, I went to the doctor. They cleaned it and everything. They wanted to do a few stitches. I said, There’s no way you’re going to do stitches. I just told them to glue it together. I’m playing with the Steri Strips. It’s looking fine. So everyone is happy.
Q. You’ve done a lot of boxing. Did you think about boxing the kangaroo as it took a swing at you?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I’m sure that was ready for some boxing. I like boxing.
It looked so cute. But once it started scratching me, I was a coward and I run away.
Q. It wasn’t a park near your hotel in the city?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No, it was just a little bit outside of the city. We were just outside with some friends because we have a lot of friends here. They wanted to show me around the park. There was a kangaroo that didn’t want to be nice to me.
Q. Want to talk about the match?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Sure (laughter).
The 20-year-old Dane proceeded to discuss her love affair with Liverpool football club, the Sydney Opera House and her investment portfolio before stepping out to visit the ESPN studio.
But less than an hour later, an (overly) contrite Wozniacki held a second press conference to apologize for her tall tale in the first, calling it a “blonde” moment. “I just wanted to clarify and say I’m sorry if I’ve caused any harm or made your job a little bit more difficult,” she said. “I made it up because it sounded better than what actually happened. I walked into the treadmill.”
The amusing episode did little to undercut her bullish gains with the media. “Wozniacki does 2nd presser of the day, apologising for telling a tall tale about a kangaroo bite in 1st. She’s become media’s new darling,” tweeted Times of London tennis coorespondent Neil Harman.