Caroline Wozniacki seemed to cast a shadow on jelena ostapenko as he revealed during his match commentary that he once practiced with the Latvian and never again. On Sunday, Ostapenko was playing Cori Gauff in the round of 16 of the Australian Open and former Australian Open champion Wozniacki was commentating the match for ESPN.
Ostapenko, 25, has built a reputation on the WTA Tour and it’s no secret that she’s not a favorite player in the locker room. «Let’s say I practiced with her once and chose not to do it again.» Wozniacki said during his commentary on the Ostapenko-Gauff match for ESPN.
Wozniacki shaded Ostapenko, then the Latvian was asked an interesting question
After teasing Gauff, Ostapenko was asked if it would be better for the Tour if there were more players like her. «With me, it’s never boring (laughs) on the pitch, so I think that’s what the fans like.
Of course, sometimes I can go a little too far, but I’m an emotional person in general. It is always difficult to find this balance. Like I always said, it’s easy to judge from the outside, but when you’re in my shoes, it’s a little different.
All people are different. Someone is calmer. Someone is more emotional. So I’m trying to find a balance, and I’m looking for it now. I feel like this week is a bit better (laughs),» Ostapenko said. Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, played Ostapenko four times but never managed to beat the Latvian.
In 2016, Ostapenko was just a teenager when she defeated Wozniacki in New Haven. The following year, Ostapenko and Wozniacki played three more times, with the Latvian winning each time. Their last meeting was in the 2017 French Open quarterfinals, when Ostapenko defeated Wozniacki in three sets. After beating Wozniacki, Ostapenko won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.