No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki opens her Australian Open against Sabine Lisicki. (Nigel Owen/Icon SMI)
Caroline Wozniacki got into some hot water in the offseason with an ill-advised impression of Serena Williams at an exhibition in Brazil. The impression involved Wozniacki's stuffing towels into her shirt and under her skirt, drawing attention to Williams' curvaceous body. Though Williams eventually said she didn't think Wozniacki meant anything by it, the impression was widely criticized, with some calling the impression racist for it's mockery of Williams' physique.
Speaking for the first time about the incident, Wozniacki told The New York Times that she was taken aback by the outrage.
“It’s been done a million times before by different players,” Wozniacki said. “I would never have done it if I didn’t know Serena well. Obviously I know Serena very well. She’s a funny girl, and I knew she would take it with a smile and wouldn’t have anything against it.”
Wozniacki says going forward she'll think twice -- no, three times -- before doing anything similar. A happy-go-lucky personality who is well-liked on the tour, the Dane says it's unfortunate she has to censor herself.
“It is because there is nothing really in that that I saw as racist or anything, so obviously I think it’s a pity you can’t just have a bit of fun.”