Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki has been forced to withdraw from the season-opening tournament in Queensland after suffering a shoulder injury several days back in practice. The Danish star was scheduled to face Dominika Cibulkova in her opening round contest.
Wozniacki had been training hard in her off-season alongside her new coach Thomas Hogstedt and took the decision to withdraw from the Brisbane International because she did not want to begin her season on the wrong foot and sacrifice momentum early on in the season.
“Right now, I just need some good physio treatment and my head is still in Sydney,” Wozniacki said. “I’ve been working really hard and well during the off season and I wanted to start the year well, which is why I made the decision to withdraw from here because there wasn’t a reason to make it worse. But I still feel confident about the season and want to be able to play at 100 percent when I start.”
Although she is yet to see the results on court, Wozniacki revealed that she is pleased with the progress she has made in training with her new coach and that she is excited perform at her best in 2014. She also confirmed that she had asked her father, mother and former coach Piotr, to accompany her to the Australian Open as a form of moral support.
“I think it’s great my dad is coming to Melbourne and my mom is coming too,” she said. “I think it’s great to have their support and have them by my side.”