Wozniacki in cruise control

2011-06-21 21:35
Caroline Wozniacki (Associated Press)

London - Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki made a confident start in her latest bid to win a first Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain at Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Wozniacki hit less winners than her opponent, but only made five unforced errors.

The 20-year-old Dane was on the court for less than an hour against the 105th-ranked Parra Santonja and will face Virginie Razzano of France in the second round.

Wozniacki is playing her third straight Grand Slam tournament as the No 1 player, but her best performance at a major was reaching the 2009 US Open final. She has never been beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon.

Wozniacki denied that her top ranking has increased the pressure on her.

"I just go out there and play," she said Tuesday.

Her most recent Grand Slam ended in the third round when she was beaten by Daniela Hantuchova at the French Open. Instead of playing a grass-court warm-up event, Wozniacki opted instead to play at her home tournament in Copenhagen - on indoor hard courts.

"I wanted to play (in Copenhagen)," said Wozniacki, who won in the Danish capital for her 17th career title and fifth of the year. "I got a lot of good rhythm there, played some good matches, and then I felt ready to come here a week early and practice on the grass.

"I feel ready for the tournament."

Wozniacki is in the opposite half of the draw as the Williams sisters. If the seedings pan out, she could meet Julia Georges of Germany in the last 16, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals, and Francesca Schiavone or Marion Bartoli in the semi-finals.

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