MELBOURNE—Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki was upset in the first round of the Australian Open by world No. 76 Yulia Putintseva, 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4. The No. 16 seed was also quite upset in the press room.
“I would say it's a pretty sh*tty start to the season,” Wozniacki said.
Currently ranked No. 18, Wozniacki fell before the third round for the fourth time in the last five majors. Since the 2012 Australian Open, Wozniacki has advanced past the quarterfinals just once—at the 2014 U.S. Open, where she finished runner-up.
In 2015, Wozniacki lost in the second round of the Australian Open to Victoria Azarenka; in the second round of Roland Garros to Julia Goerges; in the fourth round of Wimbledon to Garbine Muguruza; and the second round of the U.S. Open to Petra Cetkovska.
In Melbourne, her Day 1 loss to Putintseva lasted three hours and 12 minutes.
“It wasn't a pretty first set but I got it done and really should have closed it off in two," Wozniacki said. "I let her back into the match, and it was basically my own fault that I'm not here as the winner.”