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Caroline Wozniacki: I’m not just Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend

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Caroline Wozniacki made a last-minute decision to add the Family Circle Cup to her schedule. (Alan Diaz/AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Caroline Wozniacki defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-1 in her opening match at the Family Circle Cup on Wednesday. The 2011 champion set up an intriguing clash with former top-10 player Andrea Petkovic, who defeated Vania King 7-5, 6-4. It will be the first match between the two since 2011, with Wozniacki leading the head-to-head 2-1.

Wozniacki was a late wild-card entrant after a loss in her second match at the Sony Open left her twiddling her thumbs. Based on her original schedule, the loss meant a four-week break until her next tournament, in Stuttgart, Germany. But instead of returning to Europe to train, she decided to play here. It probably didn’t hurt that she’s planning to attend the Masters in Augusta, Ga., next week to support boyfriend Rory McIlroy.

“I hope people see me as more than just Rory’s girlfriend,” she said. “I hope they know me from my tennis. So I’m not just a WAG, so they say.”

It’s a happy return to Charleston for the Dane, who says she prefers the sticky green clay because it rewards her hard-court style in a way that the slicker red European clay does not.

“The faster players have an advantage on courts where you don’t just keep sliding,” Wozniacki explained, “because if you keep sliding you lose seconds and you lose time and it’s not as big an advantage to be fast.”

Interestingly, on the subject of her coaching relationship with her father, Piotr, Wozniacki is committed to sticking with the set-up until she retires.

“Obviously, it’s worked pretty well,” Wozniacki said, “I’ve done pretty well in my career so far and I have a very close relationship with my dad. He’s coached me since I started playing. I like it this way and I’m pretty sure that this is how it’s going to be until I finish playing because I feel like this is the way I can get the most out of my tennis.”

  • Published On Apr 03, 2013
  • 18 comments
    Tim B
    Tim B

    I would tap it so hard.

    JayLandon
    JayLandon

    Who else's girlfriend are you, if not just Rory's?

    RandyHayes
    RandyHayes

    so win some tournaments woman.don't care who your boyfriend is.

    zachary123
    zachary123

    i saw the headline and thought she meant she was the girlfriend of more than one famous person... not as fun or juicy of an article as I had hoped

    Anaximenes1
    Anaximenes1

    With all his money, Rory could get a lot hotter chick than this tennis player.

    pearofjacks88
    pearofjacks88

    Woz...I know you've done ok for yourself but it may be time to go with a new coach.  There have been other players who have been right on the cusp of greatness who just needed a change.  You need to win a major or two before people really start to stand up and take notice.

    lplrmg
    lplrmg

    She's right, she's not. She's just another cute tennis player.

    badgeration74
    badgeration74

    For a while there it seemed like tennis players and golfers were hooking up all the time. Venus and Hank Kuehne, Ivanovic and Adam Scott, Evert and Greg Norman, Hingis and Sergio Garica, I'm sure Tiger Woods "hit the courts" a few times with someone.

    RomarioDelLago
    RomarioDelLago

    Yeah, you pretty much are just his girlfriend.  No one knows who you are.  LOL

    logan1974
    logan1974

    Maybe if she  wins a grand slam, people will think that she's more than Rory Mcilory's girlfreind.

    Petkopova
    Petkopova

    Ha, the way I see it, McIlroy's the guy who dates Caroline Wozniacki. The golfer who dates an athlete.