Wozniacki Returns To Her Favorite Tournament

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Caroline Wozniacki has some rules this week.

She doesn’t want to talk about her relationship with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

She doesn’t want to talk about the Golfer That Must Not Be Named.

She doesn’t want to talk about anything except what happens on the court.

To quote a great philosopher: “Talk about tennis!”

That suits us just fine.

So how does the 2014 US Open runner-up feel coming into this year?

“I have been struggling with injuries, which has held me back,” Wozniacki said. “But now, I am feeling 100%. I am feeling good. I always go into a tournament believing that I can do well and win.”

The Woz comes in as the No. 4 seed. She just completed her warmup in New Haven, losing in Semis to Petra Kvitova in straight sets, which may not be a bad thing because it gives her an extra day before the Open starts.

“Last week, I showed that I can play at a high level,” she said. “There is no doubt that I play tennis at a high level when I am fit and when I can practice well. I am here. I am here to win and do well.”

If everything goes well, Wozniacki can face Serena Williams in the Final. Their friendship is well noted as Williams’s support helped during The Woz’s trying times. Serena was there for her marathon run last year and they were seen together at other events.

If Wozniacki doesn’t do it this year, then, she hopes her buddy does.

“I respect everything Serena has done in her career,” she said. “She is obviously a great player, a great person, and a great champion. What she is about to do and what she has done for the sport is amazing. I am in the other half of the draw, so I don’t have to worry about it until the final. Hopefully, we can do a rerun from last year.”

Ah yes, last year when Wozniacki was somewhat of an afterthought going into the tournament and made waves over the two weeks to reach the final.

“It was amazing,” she said. “I played really well leading up to the tournament and then came in and struggled in the first round. I then found my groove from there and it was a great run. I always look back on my matches at the US Open with fond memories. It is a place where I have played some of my best tennis.”

And now she will be looking for a repeat.

Let’s see if she can do it again.

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