It is a new kind of tennis injury.
On Wednesday, during a match at the U.S. Open, Caroline Wozniacki got her braid caught in her racket, causing her to miss a volley from opponent Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Caroline struggled with the racket for several seconds before it fell to the ground.
The unusual snafu is garnering comparisons with other tennis mishaps. The Daily Mail compared it with “Andy Murray losing a point at the 2012 US Open against Tomas Berdych, when a ball fell out of the Scot’s pocket mid-point.”
After the match, Caroline shared her thoughts on the debacle with TSN reporter Mark Masters. When asked what was going through her head at the time, the 10-seed player said:
“I didn’t know. I was like, ‘Okay, which way it is tangled?’. I was trying to kind of figure it out. I was like, ‘Maybe if I pull it, it will untangle itself. But it just didn’t happen. I didn’t know whether to just laugh at it or be annoyed or which emotion to have”.
It seems Caroline settled on laughter as the best way to deal with her misfortune.
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) August 28, 2014
Thankfully, Caroline was able to recover from the setback and win the match 6-3 6-4. The 24-year-old moves to the third round of the U.S. Open, with an upcoming match against German player Andrea Petkovic.
It has been a difficult year for Caroline. As reported by The Inquisitr in May, she was dumped by boyfriend Rory McIlroy after the two sent out wedding invitations.
At the time, the golfer issued a statement saying:
“The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails… I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting”.
Last week, Caroline shed more details on the break-up in an intimate interview with The New York Times. Caroline said she was shocked when McIlroy called her to break up and has not spoken to him since. Now, it seems the Dane is moving on:
“I don’t want to have my name stuck with [Rory McIlroy] forever. I’m my own person. I have my own career. The years we had together were great, and unfortunately, things had to end like they did…I know what I want out of a relationship in the future and what I don’t want. I’m happy being single right now”.
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