Reigning champion Wozniacki bows out of Australian Open

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki couldn’t find her rhythm in her Australian Open third round clash with Russia’s Maria Sharapova.

Reigning champion Wozniacki bows out of Australian Open
Photo: DAVID GRAY / AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

Wozniacki, who won last year’s edition of the tournament to claim her first Grand Slam title, conceded that small margins had been the difference as Sharapova advanced 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 in Melbourne.

““She was either making a winner or making a mistake, and then I was waiting, and then I felt like I just lost my rhythm a little bit,” Wozniacki said.

“But then I thought from the middle of the second set, I feel like we both picked it up, and the third set we both played well. It was just a grind out there,” the Danish no. 1 added.

It was Sharapova who performed best in the decisive moments of the match, the outgoing champion said.

“In tennis, you're one on one, you battle and you do your best. One day you win, some days you lose.

“I gave it everything I had today. She was just a little bit better than me and that was really it,” she said.

Friday’s match was the 11th meeting between the two rivals. Sharapova has now won on seven occasions.

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used