Connect with us

Nigerian League

Wozniacki has ‘nothing to lose’ ahead of tennis comeback

Published

on

Caroline Wozniacki has put in the hard yards ahead of her return to tennis, but she is not “stressing” or “worried” before finally stepping onto the court at the Canadian Open.

More than three years after “retiring” following her exit from the 2020 Australian Open, Wozniacki will make her comeback at the WTA 1000 tournament in Montreal on Tuesday when she takes on Kimberly Birrell of Australian in the first round.

Since announcing in June that she is to return to the Tour, the former world No 1 has been getting in a lot of practice sessions to make sure she is ready – even playing against fellow Dane and world No 6 Holger Rune.

Although she is ready for the big match, Wozniacki refuses to put too much pressure on herself.

“Tennis-wise, I feel like I’m doing great in practice and it’s going to be just fine when I’m out there,” the 2018 Australian Open champion said. “So I’m not stressing. I’m not worried. It’s just about getting more and more matches in and the more I play the better I’m going to play. I hope that I’m going to be at my peak for the US Open.

“Realistically when you haven’t been on tour and haven’t played a match in so long, no matter how much you practice, how many practice sets you’ve done, you can never replicate being on a match court.”

During the past 43 months on the sidelines, the 33-year-old became a mother of two as she gave birth to her daughter Olivia in June 2021 before her son James joined the family in October the following year.

Travelling with young children is never easy, but Wozniacki and her husband David Lee are enjoying the challenge.

“It’s not easy logistically with having children and travelling with them and doing all of that, but it’s so worth it,” she said

“Olivia has had a blast so far, these last four or five days we’ve been here. I’ve experienced more of Montreal in these last five days than I have in the many times I’ve been here before. So it’s exciting for me too.”

As a former world No 1 and a Grand Slam champion, Wozniacki has already achieved a lot in tennis and her return is not too much about goals, but more about her love for the sport.

“At this point in my career and a lot of the players’ careers that have been on tour for a long time, you know how to play your game,” she said.

“You know what you need to improve on or what you’re doing great. But at the end of the day, a lot of it is mental and in important moments you need to be able to step up and play your best and not fear failure. You’ve got to want to take your opportunity to take your chances.

“I’m here. I’ve got nothing to lose. I have already done so much in my career and basically ticked off most of the goals that I had set. But I’m here because I love to compete. I love the sport, and I feel like I still have a lot to give to the sport. And doing it with the family just makes it so much more enjoyable.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Nigerian League

Sporting Lagos to appoint Biffo as new head coach

Published

on

By

Sporting Lagos are set to appoint Abdullahi Biffo as their new head coach. Biffo will take charge from Paul Offor who was sacked on Wednesday night.

Sporting Lagos are set to appoint Abdullahi Biffo as their new head coach.

Biffo will take charge from Paul Offor who was sacked on Wednesday night.

The experienced tactician has managed a number of top sides in the Nigeria Premier Football League.

He once managed Kwara United, Katsina United and Niger Tornadoes in the top-flight.

The gaffer is expected to help improve the fortune of the modest side.

Sporting Lagos have moved to 11th position on the table following an improved performance in the second half of the season.

Continue Reading

Nigerian League

Sporting Lagos sack head coach Paul Offor

Published

on

By

Nigeria Premier Football League side, Sporting Lagos have parted ways with head coach Paul Offor. Offor was sacked

Nigeria Premier Football League side, Sporting Lagos have parted ways with head coach Paul Offor.

Offor was sacked following his side’s struggles in the NPFL.

The tactician’s departure was confirmed on the club’s X handle.

The statement reads “Sporting Lagos announces the departure of head Coach Paul Offor,”

“Coach Paul brought top-flight football back to our city and gave us the first piece of silverware in our history.

“Thank you for everything, coach Paul. We wish you the very best in your future endeavours.”

Sporting Lagos have penciled down former Kwara United coach Abdullahi Biffo as his possible replacement.

They occupy 11th position on the NPFL table with 38 points.

Sporting Lagos have recorded 10 wins, eight draws and 12 defeats in the current campaign.

Continue Reading

Nigerian League

Saviour relishes Rangers’ derby victory over Abia Warriors

Published

on

By

Rangers midfielder Isaac Saviour has expressed his excitement after scoring in the club’s oriental derby win against Abia Warriors.

Rangers midfielder Isaac Saviour has expressed his excitement after scoring in the club’s oriental derby win against Abia Warriors.

Saviour opened scoring for the Flying Antelopes in their 3-2 win at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Tuesday.

Kazeem Ogunleye and Chidozie Okorie were also on target for Rangers.

He revealed his plans to maintain his impressive performance for Rangers in subsequent games.

Saviour has netted three times in this campaign.

“I feel very excited,” he stated to the club’s media.

“I think that for some time I was out injured and coming back and got a chance to start a game and score against Katsina, I had it in mind that I had to continue scoring if at all, I wanted to make an instant impact in my team.

“I am very happy scoring against Abia Warriors after scoring in Katsina and I hope it goes on like that.

“It is always a joy to be selected as the man of the match and I feel excited and hopefully, more will come.”

Saviour will hope to add to his goal tally when Rangers battle Rivers United in their next league match this weekend.

Continue Reading

Trending