One of the neat things about this being a smaller tournament, is the fact that you can be assured to get some questions in at the post-match press conferences.
Shortly after the conclusion of the match, I headed over to the media tent and readied myself for the chance to ask both players about the match. Wozniacki appeared first with a big smile on her face. Honestly, after seeing her in person, i don’t know why people do not like her.
Here is a sample of their answers:
World of Tennis: Caroline, what changes did you make in your game to turn things in your favor in that third set?
Wozniacki: Well, I just kept focused, and you know, i knew that I was going to get one chance, and i had to take that one. And I did, and it turned out in my favor, so I’m very happy.
World of Tennis: You injured yourself here last year, rolling your ankle in the clay. Is that in the back of your mind?
Wozniacki: No, I mean I’m taped up you know. It happens. Injuries happen, and that’s it. I just need the match play and the confidence to slide on clay, get that back, and i feel like I’m getting there.
World of Tennis: Yanina, reaching the quarters here and barely losing to the number 1 player in the world, does this build your confidence going into the clay court season?
Wickmayer: Yeah, for sure. I have Fed Cup on hard first which is going to be a little bit strange going back, but i am definitely going back to clay. So it’s going to be a little difficult going back to hard and then going back to clay. I mean this was a good week for me and a good first week on clay.
I think I never played that well the first week on clay, so that’s really good, and i adapted really fast, which is good. So i hope that one week on hard is not going to change anything and the day i get back out on clay I’ll feel like i do today. A lot of clay tournaments are coming, I have Brussels before French which is at home, so I’m really excited about that.