Caroline Wozniacki's former coach Michael Mortensen says he was super impressed with the Dane's first round performance at the WTA ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. Wozniacki, who defeated the Kiwi youngster Paige Hourigan 6-1, 6-0 in the first round, is playing her second last tournament as a professional.
She will retire after the Australian Open at the end of January. Speaking to the BT website, Mortenson says, “I'm impressed with Caroline. So it takes a lot of concentration and depth to be able to wipe out an opponent the way she did it against Hourigan.
Caroline seems top motivated and hits the ball well. So I think it looks positive. It is clear to see that Caroline intends to take a good part in tennis. She is a perfectionist and holds great professional pride. That is why she also gives her very best at the end of her career and in this way sends a clear signal to competitors that she takes her last matches very seriously."
Wozniacki is also playing doubles with close friend Serena Williams in Auckland and the duo are through to the semi-finals there after a win over Johanna Larsson / Caroline Dolehide. Speaking about Wozniacki's comments that one should never say never regarding a comeback, Mortensen says, “Many top players have returned before Caroline after a break.
With the statement, she does not close any doors. On the contrary, I think the retirement is positive. It may be that after perhaps having her own family, she wants to see where she really stands."