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“It’s been a long day but it’s been a good day.” says Wozniacki after she ‘jets’ in to defeat the US team.

World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki had an unusual preparation for her Hyundai Hopman Cup debut on Monday evening against the USA, but it was all for a worthy cause and once she landed in Perth, and helped Frederik Nielsen to a victory over the Americans it was all well and truly worth it. The Danish pair were making their debuts at the Hopman Cup as well against two former winners of the tournament in the form of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Mardy Fish, and performed tremendously. Nielsen took the world No. 8 Fish to three tough sets, Wozniacki then prevailed over Mattek-Sands and the Danish duo finished off by winning the mixed doubles. However, Wozniacki’s journey to play in her first Tie was quite the whirlwind one.

The 21-year-old world No. 1 brought in the New Year in Thailand and then played world No. 3 Victoria Azarenka on Sunday in a charity tournament to raise money for the victims of the Thailand floods. She then flew out of Thailand on Monday and landed in Perth late that afternoon, came straight from the airport to the Burswood Dome, had a hit while Nielsen was playing Fish on Centre Court and then took on Mattek-Sands herself in the women’s singles. It made for quite the eventual debut at the Hopman Cup for Wozniacki, but she enjoyed the whole experience and wouldn’t change a thing.

“It’s been a big day. It’s been a long day but it’s been a good day. I’m just happy that we played really well and I really enjoyed that mixed doubles. I always have fun and there’s absolutely no pressure on the girls so all the pressures on the men so I like that,” Wozniacki said. “I spent New Year’s there and last night I played a charity match for the floods in Thailand. I just flew in a few hours before my match, went straight here and warmed up. Frederik was playing an unbelievable match against Mardy so I had a little bit of time to settle down and went in and played my singles and played the mixed.” Straight after her and Nielsen’s mixed doubles win over Mattek-Sands and Fish late on Monday evening, Wozniacki was keen to catch up on some rest but then also check out some of the sights of Perth. “I will probably have some good food and back to bed. I’ll sleep in and have some good breakfast, the most important meal for me and then just have a light hit,” she said. “Then probably a light gym session and then maybe get out and see Perth a little. It’s my first time so I’m really happy to be here and the crowd were amazing so thank you everybody for coming out and supporting.”

Wozniacki might not have been in Perth long, but playing in the Hyundai Hopman Cup is something she has long wanted to do and it has certainly lived it up to everything she imagined so far after one Session. “I love being here. The crowd is amazing and I’ve watched the Hopman Cup on TV so many times,” Wozniacki said. “To have the opportunity to play here is just great and I can see there’s a lot of Danish people here as well so that’s fantastic.”

Courtesy of Chris Pike

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