Following perhaps one of the biggest wins of her career against Maria Sharapova in the U.S. Open's fourth round on Monday, Caroline Wozniacki's new look on the tennis court is not just getting her wins, it's helping her to win over new fans.
After her 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russia's Sharapova on Monday, Wozniacki celebrated in her trademark fashion, kissing her hand and turning to wave to the fans in all directions.
She then turned to the camera, and with her mesmerizing smile, looked directly into the TV screen of many admirers, kissed her hand, and waved one last time. Some "Caro" admirers probably wish it was just for them.
In last years U.S. Open, Wozniacki sported a lavender dress that was frilly on the bottom. This year, she's wearing a shorter, black dress, sporting yellow underneath, which is more revealing.
With the black-and-yellow contrast, and yellow-nail polish, she looks more like Batman's ultra-hip girlfriend. The dress is an Adidas by Stella McCartney, and is a tad sexier than her former attire-from the Adidas Adilibria line. The former outfit accentuated her bust rather than her bottom.
"I think it's nice," said Wozniacki, who is seeded No. 1 in the U.S. Open, due to world No. 1 Serena Williams absence. "I definitely am sure I'll get a lot of male fans now."
Since Wozniacki has shortened her dress, men can not get enough of the 20-year-old Dane.
Not only are fans and tennis analysts ranting and raving over Wozniacki's improved look, she's even getting admiration from 6'9" American-power slugger John Isner, who she tweets with back and forth.
When asked what song he should come out to when hitting the court, doubles partners Bob and Mike Bryan jokingly tweeted back to him, "Sweet Caroline." The song is often played when Caroline wins a match.
"John is a great friend of mine and we're always teasing each other," said Wozniacki, sporting a bashful grin. "I hope I get more followers than John."
After falling in Wimbledon in the fourth round, Wozniacki trained for five weeks in her time off, and that made an incredible difference for her, before entering summer competition.
"I just stepped it up with my fitness and I think that really helped me a lot," said Wozniacki, who has lost some pounds. "Most of my training was just running, and getting stronger and physically well. That's definitely something I've improved a lot. I'm feeling great and I'm feeling in good shape. So I'm real happy about that."
Wozniacki, who looks much sleeker and fitter, has caught fire, winning 18 of her last 19 matches after Wimbledon. She had an amazing summer, winning the U.S. Open series, giving her a $1 million bonus, should she win the U.S. Open. The win would also help her to surpass Serena Williams, making her No. 1 in the world.
What was especially impressive and indicative of Wozniacki's improved physique, is she won the Montreal Rogers Cup Semifinal and Final on the same day, due to rain delaying the match. She defeated hard-court guru Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-3, and then ousted Russia's Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
It was one of three title wins in the summer for the high-stamina Wozniacki. She also won the e-Boks Sony Ericcson Open in her home tournament in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Pilot Pen in New Haven, Conn.
Not only is Wozniacki looking to be the most in-shape athlete in the Open, she comes from an athletic family. Her father and coach, Piotr, was a professional soccer player, and her mother, Anna, a volleyball player.
Expect the fit Wozniacki to handle No. 45 seed Dominka Cibulkova when the two face off at 7 p.m. ET tonight on Arthur Ashe stadium. One thing is for sure, the beaming Wozniacki will look good no matter what happens.
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