7 minutes with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki
We caught up with the tennis player before she won the BMW Malaysian Open
[Updated 9 March 2015] Caroline Wozniacki has won the BMW Malaysian Open title, defeating Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki is here in Kuala Lumpur for the BMW Malaysian Open and she's on to the quarterfinals after winning her last match against China's Zhu Lin with straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
"That was my first time playing Zhu and she played a flat game, she was aggressive throughout the match and credit to her for playing a good match, especially in the first set. For tomorrow's quarterfinal match I will be out there fighting to win and do my best," the 24-year-old said after the match. Caroline will play against Germany's Carina Witthoeft this very evening.
We caught up with the former World No.1 to ask her a few quick questions about her habits off court and her recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot.
How have you been taking the weather in Malaysia?
This is my third day in Malaysia, it's hot. It's hot out here. But we try to get used to it. It's the same for the opponent when we're on court, so I just try to think cold thoughts!
Are you going to be doing any sightseeing while you're here?
I'm not sure if I'll have time because I'll probably be playing every day, but we'll see.
You're friends with Serena Williams – does it get really competitive? What's the rivalry like?
I think all the tough players are very competitive and we wanna win when we're on court and we give it our all, but off the court, Serena is a great girl and a great person and we just have a good time.
Your Sports Illustrated shoot was really beautiful. What led up to you deciding to do it?
It's just something I've wanted to do for so long. I'm really happy about it and I'm very proud of the picture. It was a great experience, it was so much fun to do the shoot and my photographer Walter Iooss was amazing and made me feel so comfortable from the start. So it was really, really great. Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit issue is all about healthy body image and showing different body sizes. As an athlete, you have a strong body and you have muscles. I think it's great that I can inspire girls to be athletic, be healthy and eat well.
Do you have any favourite designers?
Yeah I do, I really like Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham. I also like Balmain. They're my three favourite designers.
Do you have an exercise regimen?
I do a lot of things – obviously I play tennis, then I'm at the gym. I do a lot of strength and core, running, I also like swimming and boxing. I just like to mix it up.
Do you watch what you eat?
As an athlete, you have to eat healthy and fill your body but at the same time I have a sweet tooth so I love to indulge in chocolates and sweets as well.
When you're playing a really long game, what do you eat to keep your energy level up?
During [a match] I have some protein bars and energy drinks and afterwards it's all about just getting your protein and carbohydrates up. Before it's usually pasta or rice and chicken, something like that. It's very much the same.
What are your best ways to warm up?
I usually take my skipping rope and skip quite a bit and then stretch and do some dynamic stuff.
What are your home remedies for aches and pains?
I think as a tennis player, you wake up every day and something is hurting so you just work through it. Work it off. After a match, you go sometimes to the ice bath, or you make sure you stretch and get some massages. Just try and do precautions like that. But the older you get, the longer it takes you to recover.
Do you have any other goals, besides tennis?
I might just play tennis for a few more years and then we'll see. I have a lot of things I wanna do, something that has interested me is interior design. Maybe something on TV [like hosting a show that isn't sports related]. Also, family, kids and things like that. That's always been high on my priority list.