12 Feb 2018 - 2:13
Qatar Total Open: ‘Future athlete’ Wozniacki ready for Doha
By Armstrong Vas / The Peninsula
Doha: After taking a shot at New York Marathon, the next thing which is World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki mind is Triathlon.
“I don’t know if I would be good at it, but I think I will try to do a triathlon eventually. After I’m done playing, mostly to keep in shape so I can still eat whatever I want. I think that’s the main motivation. And I think after doing a marathon, I’ve done that, I did a pretty decent time. So I think triathlon would be fun to do,” the Dane, said while talking to reporters ahead of the Qatar Total Open which begins today in Doha.
Wozniacki said her life has not changed after last month Australian Open win.
“Life hasn’t changed at all. Life is the same. Still the same when I go back on the practice courts. I still have things that I need to work on, and I still get stuff from my dad saying move your feet, do this. So nothing has changed in that regard,” said Wozniacki who could face Simona Halep, the player she defeated in the final in Melbourne.
“People treating me differently, I think the only thing that has changed with people treating me differently is that I have not gotten the question of being No. 1 without a Grand Slam. So that’s a difference, that’s a big difference and that’s a change that I’m very happy about,” she added.
Wozniacki who was the No. 1 in 2010, ‘11 back to the top spot again said she now a much smarter player.
“I think you keep getting experience and you keep learning. And I think the tennis keeps improving, so you need to constantly improve your own game to be on top. And I think, yeah, you just get smarter. You know, you learn how to properly train and how to save your body and hopefully try to prevent injuries, because that’s the main thing,” she added.
Wozniacki is among nine of the 10 best female players in the world who have congregated in Doha this week.
The Dane is seeded number one and if all goes according to plan, she will meet number two seed Halep in next Sunday’s final. The only top ten player missing in the Gulf is Venus Williams, currently ranked number eight in the world.
However, former world number one Maria Sharapova has been handed a wildcard and could meet the Australian Open champion in the last 16.
Wozniacki admitted she missed her trophy -- dubbed Daphne -- which is back at her home in Monaco.
And she also admitted that she was “jealous” of British star Kyle Edmund, a fellow supporter of Liverpool, who received congratulations from the football club for his surprise run to the Australian Open semi-finals in the men’s competition.
Asked if she had received any similar congratulations from her beloved team, she said: “I actually haven’t gotten congratulations from Liverpool.
“I saw that Edmund did, so I felt kind of jealous a little bit.
“But I guess I’ll have to wait.”
The 27-year-old said that she never looks at the draw.
“Yeah. So I never look at the draw. I know my first-round opponents, and I play either Tatjana Maria or Carina Witthoeft. And both good players. And I know one is here, one is playing Fed Cup. So I’ll play on Wednesday. But I’m excited for the challenge, and at the end of the day I think I’m just going to go out there, have fun and see what happens,” she said.
She is also aware of the new playing surface at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex.
“Obviously the courts have changed colour. And they’ve changed the speed, I think. So it’s faster courts this year. And I haven’t really been outside of the complex. I don’t know what they have done for the fans. But yeah, every year I come back, there’s new buildings up and new things happening. So that’s been nice. And the weather, obviously the sun is shining. So we’re back to normal Doha weather.”