‘She was lucky,’ claims Caroline Wozniacki after she collapses to early French Open exit
13th seed Caroline Wozniacki is out of the French Open, claiming that Veronika Kudermetova was ‘lucky’ to beat her.
Wozniacki started the match at a blistering pace, bageling the Russian in the opening set, but it all went wrong from there as she collapsed to a 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat.
It was the Dane’s first Grand Slam exit in the first round for three years, and it clearly rankled a little.
“I think she got very lucky at the start of the second set and took advantage of the opportunities she got,” said Wozniacki.
“I ran out of steam in the end and made some unforced errors that I don’t usually do, so that was very frustrating.
“She had a few net chords and good shots on some of the important points at the start of the second set.
“It’s definitely frustrating. You want to win, you work hard and you want to see results.
“It hasn’t been a great year for me so far, so I’m going to work hard and try and turn it around.”
It was the latest in a string of recent disappointments for Wozniacki, who says she must now turn her total focus grass season.
“I haven’t had the best lead-up to this tournament,” she added.
“I had a calf injury so haven’t really been able to play or practice for a couple of weeks.
“My calf now feels good so that’s a positive so I’m definitely going to go back and work hard and get ready for the grass season.”
“I just have to try and stay positive, and obviously it’s not as easy to stay positive when things aren’t going your way.”
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