Caroline Wozniacki appeared to throw shade on Jelena Ostapenko as she revealed during her match commentary that she once practiced with the Latvian and never again. On Sunday, Ostapenko was playing Cori Gauff in the Australian Open round-of-16 and former Australian Open champion Wozniacki was doing commentary of the match for ESPN.
Ostapenko, 25, has developed a reputation on the WTA Tour and it is not a secret that she is not one of the favorite players in the locker room. "Let's just say I practiced with her once and chose not to do so again," Wozniacki said during her commentary of the Ostapenko and Gauff match for ESPN.
Wozniacki shaded Ostapenko, the Latvian was then asked an interesting question
After upsetting Gauff, Ostapenko was asked if it would be better for the Tour if more players were like her. "With me, it's never boring (laughing) on the court, so I think that's what the fans like.
Of course, sometimes I can go a little bit too much, but I'm an emotional person in general. It's always hard to find this balance. As I always said, it's easy to judge from the outside, but when you are on my place, it's a little bit different.
All people are different. Somebody is more calm. Somebody is more emotional. So I try to find a balance, and I'm looking for it now. I feel like this week is a bit better (laughing)," Ostapenko said. Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, played against Ostapenko four times but never managed to beat the Latvian.
In 2016, Ostapenko was just a teenager when she defeated Wozniacki in New Haven. The following year, Ostapenko and Wozniacki played three more times, with the Latvian winning each time. Their last meeting came in the 2017 French Open quarterfinal, when Ostapenko beat Wozniacki in three sets. After beating Wozniacki, Ostapenko went on to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.