Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki started her Australian Open title defense with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck on a typical hectic first day of a Grand Slam.
Wearing the new Adidas x Parley separates, the third-seeded Wozniacki broke Van Uytvanck’s serve once in each set and that was enough for her to triumph in one hour and 33 minutes. The Dane finished the match with 24 more points won than her opponent, owing to her good balance between aggression and consistency.
Last season when she finally won a major in Melbourne, after years of being labeled as a slamless No.1, Wozniacki in a way completed her career to-do list and today the 28-year-old got emotional talking about her achievement:
Last year I had some special memories and just to be able to be back out here on Rod Laver Arena is something extremely special and emotional. Now I’m going to start crying and I never cry.
Let me remind you that Wozniacki was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last summer, meaning that her immune system attacks her tissue in and around the joints of her hands, knees and feet. Because of that, Wozniacki’s routine now has to be much smarter, involving more massages, rest and stretching, while less sugar, jogging and tennis.