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Caroline Wozniacki: I lost motivation as No. 1 player

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Caroline Wozniacki rolled in her first two matches at the Dubai Championships. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

Caroline Wozniacki told reporters in Dubai that she found it difficult to stay motivated when she held the No. 1 ranking.

The Dane, now ranked No. 10, grabbed the No. 1 ranking in October 2010 as a 20-year-old and held the top spot for 67 weeks. Wozniacki says the accelerated success made tennis seem like a chore.

“I think at one point it felt like just a job,” said the 22-year-old who fell from world No 1 to No 10 in the space of a year.

“It was like ‘Okay, you have done so much in such a short time’. Every camera and every person’s eyes on you all the time, and there’s media, sponsors, fans, there’s everything. You want to please everyone and do your best out there on court.

“All of a sudden I was going to practice, and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m winning almost everything at the moment and you need to motivate yourself, and all of a sudden you don’t win as much. You’re like ‘Oh, it’s not as fun as it used to be’.

“You just need to step up and say ‘Okay, you do what you love and you enjoy what you do’. I just feel like I have really gotten that hunger back and that enjoyment of the game like when I was a little kid. I just wanted to play. I just wanted to be out there.”

Wozniacki dropped only five games in the first two rounds in victories against Lucie Safarova and Zheng Jie at the Dubai Championships. She will next face Marion Bartoli, who advanced after Serena Williams withdrew with a back injury.

  • Published On Feb 20, 2013
  • 6 comments
    raindrops
    raindrops

    "....I was like, ‘Okay, I’m winning almost everything at the moment...." LOL! Sure you were, Caro, sure you were!

    rubberedge
    rubberedge

    Lol such lies, she was motivated when she was No. 1l theat was the only crown jewel in her career. In fact, she looked the least motivated after she lost the top spot, and probably compensated it by finding her current beau.

    krisherdown
    krisherdown

    "I’m winning almost everything at the moment and you need to motivate yourself" - the key word being "almost", as in not winning such matches in the majors when she was at the top of the game.  That's what should be the motivation.  If she wins this week, sure it helps with confidence but it doesn't change that she has only gotten to one Slam final (and none since rising to #1).

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    Wozzy seriously needs a PR specialist.  She consistently makes a fool of herself.  Lost interest??? Did anyone ever teach her the facts of tennis?  IT IS ALL ABOUT The SLAMS...of which she has NONE!!!!!

     

    Great, you held  #1 during a time when the field was weak and riddled with injured CHAMPIONS on the mend or comeback (Masha and ReRe), and Vika had yet to get her head on straight.  The majority of her tourney wins where in tourneys the "Big Girls" wouldn't even enter...New Haven..WEEEEE!

     

    Now she is an "also ran"..in the Aga category of good until the later rounds, then an easy out for a superior player, usually one who HAS A SLAM OR 2!!!

     

    Drop your dad, stop hanging with the Leprechaun so much, get agressive, get a slam, and keep yourself away from a microphone.

    Soulmate9
    Soulmate9

     @ChrisM  wow, you so smart, how many slams did you win? Maybe she should hire you as a coach!

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

     @Soulmate9

    Did you even read what  I said?  Where in the hell did I ever imply I know how she can win slams, I simply suggested that she should focus on that?

     

    What I did point out is how stupid a professional tennis player sounds stating that reaching #1 was all it took for her to lose motivation, when EVERYONE who actually follows the sport realizes that slams are the ultimate measurement of the greatest players, and high rankings are simply a by product of that goal.  Can you deny that sounds stupid on her part, or do you think that a pro player should be bored once they've reached that level?   If you coached her would you just remind her she is #1 and not to worry about working so hard?   By the way, I didn't even fault her for feeling that way, I faulted her for going public with that! 

     

    Some of Wozzy's choices along the way are so illogical (the kangaroo incident, the Rafa mimic, the Serena imitation, hiring coaches her and her dad don't agree with) that I'm sure she would make a stupid decision like hiring me.  This just in...Caro signs a non professional 4.0 USTA rec player who never played in a pro tourney let alone a slam...sounds like something she'd do.

     

    Are you somehow personally insulted by these pretty basic observations, or do well thought out opinions backed by facts tend to intimidate you?  I'd guess that you are just a Caro apologist. Vika gets such a bad rap because she is abrasive and not "fan friendly" but no true fan questions her motivations...can't say the same for Caro.