Thursday January 3rd, 2013

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I hate airports. Truly. I am in the bad mood when I arrive at them and an even worse mood when I make my groggy landing, having just spent hours on a airplane drooling on myself. So I can't imagine it's that much fun to be an athlete after a 13-hour flight only to get a microphone shoved in my face and asked whether my famous boyfriend gives me "a secret pat on the bum" to wish me luck before matches.

Such is the life of Caroline Wozniacki, who arrived in Brisbane having to field a series of inane and pointless questions for local TV. Credit to her for playing along and not pulling a Lindsay Lohan. Honestly, she would have been well within her rights to do so. Wozniacki ended up losing her first match in Brisbane to Ksenia Pervak but has made her way down to Sydney for next week's Apia International, which starts Sunday. The tournament features seven of the top 10 women -- except Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams -- and will be the last chance for the top players to fine tune before the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 14.

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