Caroline Wozniacki sounds off on windy Indian Wells conditions: 'Impossible to play'

Wozniacki was having a hard time in the windy Indian Wells conditions on Wednesday.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Caroline Wozniacki sounds off on windy Indian Wells conditions: 'Impossible to play'
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Caroline Wozniacki was heard describing Indian Wells' windy conditions as "impossible to play in" and Serena Williams' ex-coach Rennae Stubbs chimed in by confirming that the Dane's statement is pretty much true. 

On Wednesday, Wozniacki - who ended her retirement after three and a half years last August - officially stepped on the court in Indian Wells for the first time since 2019. Playing against Zhu Lin, Wozniacki managed to win a very tight opener 7-6 (6) before the match was suspended due to rain. 

"It's impossible to play in this wind," Wozniacki quipped during the first set. 

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki© Getty Images Sport - Orlando Ramirez
 

Stubbs, who Wiliams specially hired for her final tournament at the 2022 US Open, agreed with Wozniacki by stating that Indian Wells is absolutely one of the most tournaments to play condition-wise. Stubbs, a former six-time Grand Slam doubles champion, won two Indian Wells doubles during her career - with Helena Sukova in 1993 and Lisa Raymond in 2002, respectively.

Responding to Wozniacki's comment on X, Stubbs wrote: "4 of the windiest places on tour. Indian Wells, Miami, Eastbourne & Doha. Almost impossible to play at times in those places because of winds. I didn’t warm up for a final in Indian Wells once because it was too windy, same in Doha. Miami cancelled a day because it was dangerous."

Wozniacki struggled but won the first set against Zhu before the match suspension

2011 Indian Wells champion Wozniacki didn't really make a good start to the match, suffering an early break as Zhu started with a 2-0 lead. Down by an early break, Wozniacki managed to bounce back with back-to-back breaks and win the next four games to overturn the deficit and go 4-2 up.

Just when it seemed that the momentum was shifting Wozniacki's way, the Dane got broken back in the seventh game and then failed to convert a break point in the eighth game as Zhu tied the first set to four games apiece.

In the 11th game, Wozniacki saved two consecutive break points to open a 6-5 lead but then also missed out on a set point in the 12th game as Zhu managed to force a tie-break. 

In the first-set tie-break, Wozniacki went 6-4 up to give herself two consecutive set points - but after not realizing a set point late in the 12th game, the Dane missed out on those two set points as well. However, Wozniacki didn't panic as she earned her fourth set point and finally realized it to win a very tight opener.

Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki© Getty Images Sport - Orlando Ramirez
 

In the second set, only one game was played before the match was suspended due to rain as Zhu successfully held on to her serve. The match continues on Thursday.

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