The amiable Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki held the WTA number one ranking for 67 weeks, a position she held year end for two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011. She was the first Scandinavian woman to hold the top spot and the 20th overall. Caroline’s game is based on a strong defensive playing style described as a “counter puncher”.
Her two handed backhand is her key weapon, tuning defence into attack, a vital component in her 23 singles title victories. She has yet to win her first Grand Slam but has featured twice in the US Open final, most recently losing the 2014 decider to close friend Serena Williams. ‘Caro’ is currently 5th in the WTA rankings.
She also ran the New York City Marathon in November last year, in a time of 3:26:33, which was good enough to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon, but said it will be a few years before she takes on another 26 mile and 385 yard event again. She’s also a huge fan of the English Premiere League team Liverpool FC.
While I’ve managed to collect Caroline’s graph in person I haven’t been able to get a sketch signed… until now. Mainly because on the occasions I’ve met her, I didn’t have a drawing to sign.
I sent a sketch to her at the Eastbourne Tournament in June, where she reached the semis, but nothing came back. But the time I made it to Wimbledon a couple of weeks later, she had lost her fourth round match, so I missed out again. Another sig-stalker in the US stepped in to assist, getting this signed for me at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, California this month.
Ever popular, she attracted a large group of admirers, so he couldn’t get a dedication, but I was pleased with the result.