Caroline Wozniacki defeats Laura Siegemund 6-2, 6-2 in the Second round
C. WOZNIACKI defeats L. Siegemund 6-2, 6-2 – Second round
Q. Caroline, that was a great first match on clay. Good level out there. Can you just talk through the match? It was tighter than the score would indicate.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah. She definitely loves playing on clay, so I knew it was going to be tough. And she kind of throws the players a little bit off because she’ll play a short ball and then she’ll play down into your feet and then she’ll play a drop shot and mix it up. It’s really difficult. From the outside sometimes, you’re like, okay, I got it, and you know what to do, but when you’re out there, it’s tricky because you don’t get two of the same balls and you have to be ready for anything.
Q. You talked Monday about how long it takes you to get acclimated to the clay. How long did it take you today? It seemed like it was pretty quick.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Well, I think every match will be better and better. That’s kind of the goal. I played a practice set earlier a couple of days ago and was supposed to play one yesterday, but it kind of wasn’t the best weather yesterday to play points. And today played a pretty decent match and ready for tomorrow again.
Q. You talk about setting goals. Do you do it by tournament basis? Weekly basis? Yearly basis?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: It’s really just weekly, week to week, and then I have a goal of these next few weeks, just keep improving on the clay, improve my movement, improve my play, and that’s really it. Obviously the clay season you have the main goal, and that’s the French Open, and that’s what I try and peak for, and we’ll see how it goes along the way.
Q. Just with getting tips on clay from Francesca, I’m wondering if there was anything that you saw today in particular that she might have advised you that paid off.
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I think there’s still a few things I can improve and work on, but it’s all about just trying to stay aggressive, but not overly aggressive, but still put the pressure on the opponent. So it’s finding that balance of offense and defense and moving my legs and get a lot of speed in my racquet head.
Q. Is she teaching you like showing off new patterns or tactics or what are those conversations, I guess, kind of like?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: No. I think at this point I’m not 15 anymore. So I kind of know what to do, and I know my game well, but I think sometimes it’s just, she’s like, okay, well try this maybe. That can make a difference when you get a deep ball or a short ball or this is how you can cover the net maybe slightly better. There’s a few things that I always want to do better, so those are just the kind of things, like little things that can make a difference.
Q. Caroline, what was the main reason you chose Francesca?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: She lives in Miami, and I was in Miami training and she was there, and I know that she’s a good player, especially on clay. So I was like, why don’t you come to a couple of my practices and maybe give me a couple of tips for the clay. And then I was like, hey, come to Charleston with me. I want to use this week to keep improving and get a good start to the clay season and build my base.
Q. You have Buzarnescu next. Can you just talk through that match?
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah. She’s definitely not an easy player, lefty, gets a lot of balls back, moves well. She played really well last year before she got her injury, and she obviously likes to play on the clay. She likes a little bit slower surface, and I’ve had tricky matches against her in the past. And I grew up playing juniors. So we know each other well, and I have to go out there and just grind and play aggressive.
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