Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Caroline Wozniacki Boxes

Number one seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns a forehand to Chelsey Gullickson of the U.S. during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York August 31, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

I'll be honest, when Serena isn't playing than I'm not watching. Simply because no one else has demonstrated consistently good play, so how do I know that they're any good. Then last night I turned on the "Deuce" and turned on the U.S. Open as background noise and there was this tiny girl just dominating, and it just so happens she's the number seed in the tourney. So this is the future of tennis, not bad. A girl who smashes her opponents both on and off the court, sort of:
Despite all the hard work, Caroline has admitted to being bored with her off-court training routine. Just after Wimbledon, a professional boxing friend (Michael Kessler), suggested that she give boxing a try. She took a chance, hired a boxing coach, and started swinging.

That decision has proven to be a good one. Caroline says that boxing has helped her to become a better tennis player. “It’s not only the boxing training,” she says. “You do at least 40 min. on the treadmill before, and you run a lot, and strengthen your stomach, your back, your shoulders, your arms…all the things that you also need in tennis.”

Caroline stresses that she’s “not the hitting kind of person” and laughed when someone asked if she tries to picture a particular player when she boxes. “It’s fun to get some aggression out sometimes,” she says, “but I prefer hitting the balls.”

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