Wozniacki into French Open quarters for just second time in career

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PARIS—Caroline Wozniacki has reached the French Open quarterfinals for just the second time in her career, and the former world No. 1 says she has been having a very good season.

Currently ranked No. 12, Wozniacki reached the finals in Doha, Dubai and Miami, all on hard courts. On clay, she lost early in Prague, Madrid and Strasbourg, but this week feels very confident.

“I felt good all year,” she said. “I have been playing well, and confidently. I felt pretty good going into the tournament. Obviously it's clicking this week. I stay positive. I feel like I can play well on any surface, and I really believe that. I have won tournaments on the red clay, too, so it's not like it's foreign to me. But it's a surface where it's been very much up and down throughout my career.”

The 26-year-old Wozniacki has won 25 tournaments, but has not won any big events since 2011, when she took titles in Dubai, Indian Wells and Charleston, among others. She did twice reach the final at the U.S. Open, in 2009 and 2014.

Wozniacki says that she will now mix up her game, especially using drop shots. She is coached by her father, Piotr, who is coming around on her using the shot.

“I have been working on a lot of things,” she said. “It's one thing that, early in my career, I would get told off. But I guess they have more faith in me now, so now they’re like, ‘We should try these drop shots and see how they work.’ They have been working so far. I haven't gotten a slap on the wrist yet.”


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