Q&A Wozniacki style: hold the boring questions

No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki tried a new tactic Friday. Her

match was over, she had advanced to the Australian Open fourth

round. It was time for a little fun.

In a highly entertaining and extremely PR-savvy twist, Wozniacki

set out to show the media she is neither dull nor boring – as she

has been portrayed – and is sick and tired of being asked if she

deserves to hold the No. 1 ranking without having won a major.

”I’d like to do this a little differently this time,” a

smiling Wozniacki informed reporters during her obligatory

post-match news conference after beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-4,

6-3.

The 20-year-old Danish player sat down in front of the

microphones, placed a page of notes on the desk in front of her and

looked up with a big smile. She proceeded to, first, lightheartedly

mock the media for asking boring questions that evoke boring

answers.

”I find it quite funny, because I always get the same

questions. So I’m just going to start. I know what you’re going to

ask me already,” she said, still smiling.

”I felt great out there today,” Wozniacki deadpanned.

”I’m happy to be through to the next round,” she said, sifting

through the list of routine questions that players often face at

the start of the news conference. ”My racket felt good. I feel

like the racket is really helping me out.”

In the case of Wozniacki, the questions almost always turn to

whether she feels she deserves to be ranked No. 1. She moved atop

the rankings in October, replacing Serena Williams, and has won a

mere 12 career titles. Williams has won 37 career titles and 13

Grand Slams crowns, including last year’s Australian Open. Williams

is not defending her title due to a foot injury.

”Um, if I deserve to be No. 1?” she asked herself with the

biggest smile yet. ”Again, I don’t feel any pressure to be No. 1.

I really enjoy myself. I think I’ve had a great year and a great

tournament so far.”

Then, she invited ”more interesting questions” on the theme

of: Get to know Caroline Wozniacki.

She is single at the moment but predicts her future husband

could be an athlete. He must be honest and understand the demands

of her profession.

”Sometimes the media is too good-looking here, so I can’t

really focus on what I’m supposed to say,” she joked, drawing

hearty laughter from the middle-aged media contingent slumped in

their chairs.

Her mother keeps a Caroline scrapbook, which is getting hard to

maintain.

She ”is cutting out quite a few things,” she said. ”But I

think there are so many articles now.”

She always travels with her father, who is her coach, and likes

it when her mother comes along, as she has to Melbourne.

”It’s always nice to have her around. She can cook. It’s nice

to have some home-cooked food sometimes,” said Wozniacki, adding

that she likes to bake but limits the desserts to keep fit.

She hasn’t played the piano since she was 13 but wants to start

again.

”I’m going to ask my agent every time I get to a tournament to

have a keyboard in my room,” she said in a mock rock star moment.

”That would be good.”

A few thoughts on tackling global warming: Use electric cars,

take buses, trains and short showers.

”I’m flying quite a bit, so that doesn’t really help,” she

laughed.

Other topics included her hopes that Liverpool wins more matches

in England’s Premier League. She also offered up suggestions for

questions to ask, or not to ask, other players.

For example: Do not ask No. 5 Andy Murray if he thinks he will

win a Grand Slam this year. The 23-year-old Scot, who is trying to

become the first Brit to win a major since 1936, is bound to be

tired of that one.

”I know he likes PlayStation, so I’d probably ask him a few

questions about that,” she suggested.

She revealed that Danish reporters had leaked to her the

information that other media wanted to get to know her better and

”said that my press conferences were kind of boring.” So, she

decided it was time for a little class in Interviewing 101.

”I know that you guys have to write about something,”

Wozniacki said. ”I think it’s time to move on and ask some other

questions now.”

At the end of the day, Wozniacki tweeted that she was proud of

the feedback.

”Had a fun pressconference after my match! Thanks for all the

nice replies and glad you liked it,” she wrote, and signed off

with a wink.