Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki said Thursday she felt cursed at the Australian Open after crashing out to close friend Victoria Azarenka.
The Danish eighth seed slumped out of the tournament in the second round, her poorest performance in eight campaigns and the signs are not good.
She is progressively getting worse. After reaching the semi-finals in 2011, she has since been knocked out in the quarter-finals, then the fourth round, third round and now the second.
“I think it’s a curse I’ve gotten here,” she said.
“I’ve made semis, then quarters, then fourth round, then third round, this year second round. It’s kind of gone that way the last few years.
“Hopefully I’m going to break that next year and start going the other way.
“I love this tournament and I’m so sad to be out already.”
Despite finishing both 2010 and 2011 as world number one, Wozniacki is yet to win a Grand Slam in 32 attempts but put a brave face on her latest failure, saying the season was still young.
“I wish I would have won,” said the Dane, whose best Grand Slam efforts have been making the final of the US Open in 2009 and last year.
“You can always look back and say, I wish I’d done this, I wish I’d taken this breakpoint, taken advantage at 30-love.
“At the end of the day she played better than me today and hats off to that. I just need to go back and work hard.
“It’s early, still the beginning of the year, so still have 10 months to make up for this. Hopefully it’s still going to be a good year.”
Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka, ranked 44 in the world after a series of injuries, will now play Czech 25th seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.