McIlroy boost for Wozniacki on Valentine's Day

Updated: 14 February 2012 09:56 IST

Caroline Wozniacki gives her everything on the tennis court, but off it she is all smiles as she goes about her WTA duties like meeting the press and doing clinics.

McIlroy boost for Wozniacki on Valentine's Day

Doha:

Caroline Wozniacki gives her everything on the tennis court, but off it she is all smiles as she goes about her WTA duties like meeting the press and doing clinics.

On Monday, though, she was beaming as she spoke about her future plans at her press conference at the Qatar Open.

The reason: her golfer boyfriend Rory McIlroy is in town and Tuesday is Valentine's Day.

McIlroy the world number three finished tied fifth at the Dubai Desert Classic and flew down to neighbouring Doha to be with Wozniacki.

And as expected the first question thrown at the world's fourth-ranked Wozniacki was about how inspiring it was for her to have McIlroy cheering for her at the tournament, although the Dane was not making a big show about it.

"Well, to be honest, when you're out on the court, you just focus on the ball and on the game you're going to play. You don't really think about too much else around," Wozniacki said.

"Of course it's nice that he's here, but, you know, once you're on court, that's your focus. And off the court it's nice to have someone there.

"You can just take your mind off things."

Wozniacki, who is among the top eight seeds who have been given byes in the first round in Doha, is keen to win back her top ranking she lost to Belorussian Victoria Azarenka earlier this year, but she is also hoping to make a mark at the Olympics in London.

"I think the Olympics is very big for every player this year. It's only every four years, and it's a special event. It's somewhere where you really want to try to do your best and hopefully try to get a medal."

The winner of 18 titles admitted there was much less pressure on her because she is not the top ranked player any more and doesn't have to fend off unpleasant questions about her not having a Grand Slam title to her credit.

"It's just nice that actually I don't get the question every press conference, You're No. 1 but haven't won a Grand Slam." she said.

"So at least I get that off my back and I can actually just play and people don't get disappointed if I lose a finals or semi-finals, which, you know, would be a disaster before.

"Now someone else can have that, and I can just play."

Topics : Tennis Caroline Wozniacki Rory McIlroy
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