Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki admits that she temporarily lost her passion for tennis.
“I’m just really enjoying tennis and happy to be out there,” the now world No. 10 told reporters in Dubai. “I think at one point it felt like just a job. It was like ‘Okay, you have done so much in such a short time.' Every camera and every person’s eyes on you all the time, and there’s media, sponsors, fans, there’s everything. You want to please everyone and do your best out there on court. All of a sudden I was going to practice, and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m winning almost everything at the moment.' And you need to motivate yourself, and all of a sudden you don’t win as much. You’re like ‘Oh, it’s not as fun as it used to be.' "
After winning six titles in both 2010 and 2011, Wozniacki went 13 months without capturing a championship until she won Seoul last October, and then Moscow shortly after that.
“You just need to step up and say ‘Okay, you do what you love and you enjoy what you do,' " Wozniacki said. "I just feel like I have really gotten that hunger back and that enjoyment of the game like when I was a little kid. I just wanted to play. I just wanted to be out there.”