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Wozniacki’s inspiration

Dubai: Caroline Wozniacki admitted that she was being inspired by the imminence of her wedding to Rory McIlroy, after bringing about a great survival in the first round of the Dubai Open.

The former world No. 1 from Denmark seemed pleased enough with her performance in recovering from a set, 0-1 and 0-40 down to beat Sabine Lisicki, the Wimbledon finalist. But she looked transformed with joy when talking about marrying the former world No. 1 golfer from Northern Ireland.

“I am so excited — it’s such an exciting time, ” Wozniacki said after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Lisicki which, it transpired, had not really been the thing uppermost in her mind.

“We have set the date,” she admitted, without being prepared to say when that was. Was it this year? “You never know,” she responded, but with a mile wide smile which gave the impression that it was.

Wozniacki was more forthcoming when asked whether she is a better golfer than he is a tennis player. “I was a better golfer, but it’s not any more, because in the off season he was hitting every day,” she said. “So that’s not fair.

“I started hitting it decent after I hit for a couple of weeks, and I’m really happy and pumped and excited, and then I don’t play for four months, and then I come back and I’m back to zero.”

She was able to turn the match against Lisicki around partly because she maintained a very high percentage of first serves even when under severe pressure from one of the hardest hitters in the game, but also because she got a lot of return of serves back deep.