Injury-hit season not total loss: Wozniacki

Former tennis world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, the brand ambassador for pharmaceutical firm Mundipharma, poses in front of the world's largest tennis ball mosaic with the firm's president (emerging markets), Raman Singh.
Former tennis world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, the brand ambassador for pharmaceutical firm Mundipharma, poses in front of the world's largest tennis ball mosaic with the firm's president (emerging markets), Raman Singh. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN

At the end of an up-and-down season for Caroline Wozniacki, the tennis star is just hoping to wind down and go on a vacation.

Perhaps the disappointment of failing to make the cut for the season-ending WTA Finals was keenly felt by the former world No. 1.

She enjoyed a semi-final run here last year, losing to eventual champion, world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Looking weary after arriving in Singapore yesterday morning, the Dane was at Asia Square before noon to unveil a world-record display of the largest tennis ball mosaic - made with 16,000 balls - for pharmaceutical firm Mundipharma, a brand that she endorses.

Faced with a stream of questions on her form, she replied: "I've had some bad luck with injuries this year. I'm excited to finish off the year and go on vacation. I'm looking forward to getting away and enjoying a little break, then start preparing for next year.

"I haven't watched anything (the WTA Finals), I don't know who's in, who's out, who's playing well."

Though Wozniacki made a brief return to the top five in February, she slipped down the rankings to her current world No.17 spot as she struggled with form as well as leg and back injuries this year.

The 25-year-old failed to progress past the round of 16 in all four Grand Slams, and bagged just one International-level title (BMW Malaysian Open) for the year.

While there may be few highlights for the Dane, she singled out the mid-season performances on clay as one of the brighter moments of her year.

She reached the quarter-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open and final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.

"I was playing really well in the clay season and that's something that I've been working really hard on. I've proved to myself that I can be a great player on clay as well."

There is one final shot for her to end the season on a high.

She heads a field of mostly top 30 players, including recent Wuhan Open champion Venus Williams and US Open finalist Roberta Vinci, at the brand-new Zhuhai Elite Trophy in China next week.


Alvin Chia

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 31, 2015, with the headline 'Injury-hit season not total loss: Wozniacki'. Print Edition | Subscribe