Written by Senior Tennis Editor Peter Gehr
Caroline Wozniacki tennis ranking and mental game plan has been given advice from Irish Pro golfer boyfriend Rory McIlroy, and Australian Open defending champion Kim Clijsters. Both athletes encouraged the women’s world No. 1 to focus on the mental game of tennis and not to look back but rather forward with a positive outlook.
Clijsters is looking in fine form, and it’s possible that the Belgian may face the Dane in a quarter-final face off, which would be an interesting rival and would certainly put Wozniacki in a pressured position to perform her very best if she is to defeat the world No. 14.
Clijsters said of the No. 1 ranking position, “Use it as a steppingstone, not as a burden.”
Caroline Wozniacki Tennis Ranking and Mental Game Plan
Ben Finton of the UK Telegraph writes:
Wozniacki reached the Australian Open third round, where she will take on the 31st seed, Monica Niculescu of Romania, with a 6-1, 7-6 defeat of Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili, her long-time friend and former doubles partner.
The Dane said her golf, like her grand slam ambitions, remains very much a work in progress despite her boyfriend arranging a special coach for her. “It’s not so easy as it looks on TV. It’s not just hitting a ball, standing still. I think it’s more mental than tennis actually. You do one wrong movement and the ball goes in the trees or somewhere and it’s difficult,” she said.
Yeah, I’ve been out playing a little bit. It’s good when you have someone there saying, ‘OK, remember these few key points’. Then I can hit it far. Once I’m out there alone and have to start playing, it goes right and left and up and down. I get so frustrated. I feel like I just want to break the clubs and go home.”
Wozniacki has inspired McIlroy to pick up the tennis racket but said there is little rivalry. “I think both of us don’t want to be too serious in the other sport. It’s just a bit of fun,” she said. She is also reading Rafael Nadal’s book, Rafa: My Story, and said she identifies with the Spaniard’s reaction to childhood defeats. “I remember when I was playing under 10s or under 12s, when I lost I was devastated and would start crying. I was like ‘I never want to step on the court again’ but I hung in there and it paid off in the end.”
Meanwhile, Victoria Azarenka’s high-decibel grunting prompted the crowd to imitate her during the 6-1, 6-0 second-round win over Australia’s Casey Dellacqua. The Belarusian maintained her concentration despite large sections of the crowd mimicking the unusual scream she makes when she hits the ball and joked afterwards: “I’m loud always, I guess.” (Original story here)
Caroline Wozniacki tennis ranking and mental game plan may give her an edge at the Australian Open as she takes a close look at her tactics and strategies to bring a fresh and confident approach to the court. Resting on the No. 1 ranking will not be enough to bring victory in this scenario where there are numerous threats and hugely competitive rivals prepared to put the pressure on to seize that crowning pinnacle position in WTA rankings and the prestige of winning the Australian Open.