Grand Slam pressure doesn`t worry Wozniacki
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 20:31
Doha: Caroline Wozniacki is not too worried about a Grand Slam title missing from her already impressive list of achievements, saying she has plenty of years ahead of her as a player.

"I would like to win any of the Grand Slams. Of course, again, I go into a tournament and I want to win it. I do my best. I'm just trying to keep improving, and hopefully my time will come," the Danish world number one said on Monday.

"We have to see at the end of the year if I've won one or not," she said when prodded if that was her goal for 2011.

"If I have, it's fantastic. If not, it's not a disaster. It's okay. I still have hopefully a lot of years ahead of me."

Fresh from her win at the Dubai Open on Sunday, Wozniacki is targeting her second straight title in the Gulf at the Qatar Open which is making a comeback on the regular WTA calendar after a two-year break.

"I think I played very well in Dubai. I'm very happy about my performance, and I think I can be proud of the week I had. I definitely think I've improved and I still improve and I'm just enjoying myself out there.”

"I'm a little bit tired, but we just arrived late last night. So I'm a bit tired right now, but I'll be fine in a few days."

Wozniacki has a tough draw in Qatar. but claimed she never bothers about the draw during tournaments.

"To be honest, I don't know, because I haven't looked at the draw. I never look at the draw. I know that I have a bye in the first round. That's always handy. I like to play the bye; I'm sure that I win!"

The first-ever world number one from Denmark had lost her top ranking to Kim Clijsters for a week, but reclaimed it in Dubai last week which earned her a congratulatory Tweet from the Belgian.

"Well, I have a lot of friends on the tour, and the girls are nice. Of course we compete against each other on the court, but off the court we're friends. There is no hard feelings."

The challenge for Wozniacki in Doha could come from world number three Vera Zvonareva, Italian world number five Francesca Schiavone and Chinese world number seven Li Na, who beat her in the Australian Open.

Wozniacki dismissed suggestions that with players like Serena Williams, Clijsters and Maria Sharapova not playing in Doha, the tournament has lost a bit of its appeal

"I think there is a lot of great players here. I think it's a very strong field, and I think nothing is going to be easy."

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 20:31

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