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Wozniacki speaks on Serena impression

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No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki opens her Australian Open against Sabine Lisicki. (Nigel Owen/Icon SMI)

Caroline Wozniacki got into some hot water in the offseason with an ill-advised impression of Serena Williams at an exhibition in Brazil. The impression involved Wozniacki’s stuffing towels into her shirt and under her skirt, drawing attention to Williams’ curvaceous body. Though Williams eventually said she didn’t think Wozniacki meant anything by it, the impression was widely criticized, with some calling the impression racist for it’s mockery of Williams’ physique.

Speaking for the first time about the incident, Wozniacki told The New York Times that she was taken aback by the outrage.

“It’s been done a million times before by different players,” Wozniacki said. “I would never have done it if I didn’t know Serena well. Obviously I know Serena very well. She’s a funny girl, and I knew she would take it with a smile and wouldn’t have anything against it.”

Wozniacki says going forward she’ll think twice — no, three times — before doing anything similar. A happy-go-lucky personality who is well-liked on the tour, the Dane says it’s unfortunate she has to censor herself.

“It is because there is nothing really in that that I saw as racist or anything, so obviously I think it’s a pity you can’t just have a bit of fun.”

  • Published On Jan 14, 2013
  • 9 comments
    tensf@n1
    tensf@n1

    Having read Courtney's articles on Serena it's quite obvious that she's not the biggest fan. Listening to her NCR podcast (which is quite good for the most part) and reading her blog she's only displayed begrudging respect if tinged with a little more obvious dissatisfaction with every victory.  Back during this period in 2010, Courtney seemed most comfortable seeing a struggling Serena, "aloof", "goofy", "delusional" and "entitled" girl who was having mental lapses during her matches.  This new resurgent, calm Serena is now "boring".  Come on, Courtney, I'm a big fan and I know you like drama, but we're interested in the tennis, not the " ranting monologues" and "infamous tirades."  You're not above  a few yourself.

     http://cowbell.typepad.com/forty_deuce/2009/03/air-quotes-serena-beingserena-insert-epic-eyeroll-here.html

     Read the comments below.   

     C.Note is Courtney btw.


    Michael9
    Michael9

    This is a clip of Roddick imitating Serena (not the first time he's done it). All this hypocritical outrage against Wozniacki is so... hypocritical, sexist, racist, ill-advised etc.. Every hypocrital critic who wants to hypocritically beat up on Wozniacki should be required to demonstrate their false outrage against every other player who's done something similar -- and that's a long list of impressionists.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUIlCaVIvXY

    rubberedge
    rubberedge

    The comment below needs to be REMOVED. Allegations of doping without proof is just disgusting.

    AngelJustice
    AngelJustice

    I don't see how this is racist in any way. Many people have questions about Serena's physique and wonder if she is using Performance Enhancing Drugs. After all, she did refuse a drug test and her physique appears to some people as if she has been using anabolic steroids. Serena is plagued by illnesses usually associated with such drugs. Why doesn't the WTA insist upon regular drug tests for tennis players and help clean up the image of women's tennis?

    AngelJustice
    AngelJustice

     @rubberedge 

    What is disgusting is Serena Williams behavior: threatening a lines lady; insulting umpires; "crip walks"; refusal to take drug tests etc. If Williams has nothing to hide, then let her take regular drug tests, and not just during competition season.  Incidentally, no allegation of doping has been made...I have only pointed out indicators that point in that direction. Williams can just take regular drug tests to put suspicions to rest.

    AllAboutDionte
    AllAboutDionte

     @AngelJustice  You make absolutely no sense what so ever. Serena didnt refuse to take a drug test. If you were unaware of the sequence of events that happened to her she was STALKED by a random dude who was later arrested. 2 days later she sees a random person on her camara hides in her panic room and calls the police. That isnt refusing to take a drug test. Its funny how you people keep saying that she is refusing to take a drug test when they post this  information on the WTA website. And oh would you look a there SERENA TAKES HER DRUG TESTS AND PASSES THEM. Serena won 2 gold medals in the london olympics after each medal she had to take a drug test and guess what she passed. Please lets not make what serena did seem much worst than what other people have done. "crip walk" is a dance nothing more nothing less. the umpire incidents.... dont get me started on how many people berate umpires and get nothing for it. David nalbanian kicked a line judge physically assulted  an official causing him to bleed and got a slap on the wrist. 

    OremiKwabenaBwire1
    OremiKwabenaBwire1

     @AngelJustice

     

    What illnesses has Serena had that are associated with anabolic steroid use?  Also, is your other comment you mention the "Crip Walk".  That dance actually predates the Crip street gang, but even if it didn't who cares?  She is clearly one of the greatest tennis players of all time.  Serena is built like many Black women of West African descent.

    AllAboutDionte
    AllAboutDionte

     @AngelJustice  are you the drug tester? are you serena williams? The only 2 people who knows if she took that drug test are those 2. Im not saying she didnt Im not saying she did but stop reporting information that you read on the internet that may or may not be true. whats funny about your argument is that you only used serena in this steroid rant but no one else. what about the mens games huh? why arent you targeting them. More so why are you targeting Serena? Serena took 2 back to back drug tests at the olympics and she passed. Why is this so hard for you to understand. She won 2 gold medals and had to take 2 drug tests. and passes them. If its not required for them to take drug tests during off season why would they take them? Serena takes what she is supposed to take. 

     

    she didnt threaten that woman she said. "you better be freaking glad I cant take this ball and shove it down your throat." that is not a threat now if she had said "I am going to take this ball and shove it down your throat" that would be considered a threat

    AngelJustice
    AngelJustice

     @AllAboutDionte 

     

    I heard about her excuse about the "random dude", which turned out to be someone doing a drug test. She never took the test though after she learned of her mistake. True, she has taken drug tests, but only during her competitive season. Tell me when she took her during non-competitive season. Indicators of drugs can be diminished with time.Only regular random drug testing can reveal the truth, but she and others have escaped from that. This is why the WTA needs to crack down on all players to eliminate all possibility of doping, whether they are doping or not. A cloud remains in Women's Tennis, just like with Lance Armstrong who escaped detection for years.

    By the way, I could not find your information about Serena on the WTA website.

    One more thing: insulting, physically assaulting or threatening an umpire or lines person should be punished by a one year suspension or more.