Wimbledon 2013: Wozniacki refuses to blame ‘slippery’ court for loss

Wimbledon 2013: Caroline Wozniacki refuses to blame the under-fire courts at SW19 for her loss to world No186 Petra Cetkovska

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Caroline Wozniacki has never reached the Wimbledon final Photo: Mirsasha/Flickr

Caroline Wozniacki refused to blame the under-fire Wimbledon courts for her early exit after a 6-2 6-2 defeat by world number 186 Petra Cetkovska in the second-round.

Wozniacki, who has never advanced beyond the fourth round at the All England Club, was broken twice in each set to go down in an hour and 15 minutes.

The Dane took a tumble in the fourth game and received on court attention from the physio, before hesitantly returning to play with heavy strapping to her ankle and foot.

And despite the tumble that seemingly dented any chances of producing a competitive performance, Wozniacki refused to be drawn into the debate about the state of the Wimbledon playing surfaces.

“I don’t know if it’s the courts, or if it’s just us, or if it’s the gripping that is different,” said the 22-year-old Wozniacki.

“You always know that grass is more slippery than other surfaces, and you’re prepared for that.

“But these things happen; I’ve rolled my ankles on hard courts, and on clay. So I don’t think you can really point a finger on exactly what happened.”

The former US Open finalist moved to pay tribute to her opponent Cetkovska, who was playing only her third tournament since returning from four months out with a stress fracture in her foot.

“She played some very smart tennis,” continued Wozniacki. “She was serving well, and she knew what to do out there for me to struggle.”

And after admitting that her preparation for this year’s Wimbledon Championship wasn’t as ideal as she might have hoped, the Dane stated that her immediate priority will be to overcome the injury she sustained on Wednesday.

“Honestly right now my main focus is to get my body back in shape, tip top and feeling 100 per cent,” she added.

“That’s when I can start focusing on exactly what I want to do on the court to be 100 per cent ready, but right now, it’s just important that I feel absolutely no pain once I step out on the court.

“I hope I’ll be back quickly. That’s my goal.”

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