LONDON — Caroline Wozniacki raised a few eyebrows when she opted to tune up for Wimbledon by competing at an indoor hard-court tournament but the Danish world No 1 was quick to explain what she hopes will be a winning formula for the grasscourt major.
“I think it was a great preparation because to change from clay to grass straight away is pretty drastic, so I chose to take the middle way and go to hardcourt and from hardcourt to grass and it feels good,” the 20-year-old said on the eve of Wimbledon.
While most of the world’s top women competitors gathered at various grasscourt tournaments in England and Netherlands following the French Open, Wozniacki hopped back home to play in Copenhagen.
Apart from the world No 1, the Danish Open failed to attract any other top 30 players — suggesting that a hardcourt tournament in the middle of the grasscourt season had little appeal for other Wimbledon contenders.
But following the rest of the pack has little appeal for Wozniacki.
Earlier this year she turned up on court at the Qatar Open in a Liverpool shirt signed by soccer player Steven Gerrard and on Saturday she announced she was a reporter from “the Monaco newspaper on Avenue Princess Grace” as she hijacked Novak Djokovic’s news conference and grilled him for a few minutes.
After being turfed out of that conference by a red-faced World Tennis Association official, she explained why she was comfortable with her decision to play in Copenhagen, where she won the title without dropping a set.
“No I didn’t (think it was a gamble to play in Copenhagen). I really feel comfortable and confident on the grass. I’ve gotten a week of practice here so I feel good,” said Wozniacki, whose best run at Wimbledon is two fourth-round showings.
“I know I can play really well on grass. I’ve won Eastbourne before — I won the junior (Wimbledon) title. I know that I can play really good tennis.
“On grass it can be small things that decide a match and also the serve and the returns are key points at this point.
“I feel great. It’s a great tournament, I really enjoy playing here, the atmosphere, the traditions, it’s a fantastic event.”