Caroline Wozniacki bounced back from her recent turmoil by passing her first test on grass to deliver the knockout blow for Sam Stosur.
The Dane, an ex-world #1 and former Eastbourne champion, arrived at Devonshire Park fresh from a deserved break in Miami – where she bought a property – and looked far from troubled on Centre Court.
Wozniacki, who split up with her fiancee Rory McIlroy and then got dumped out of Roland Garros in the space of a week, saw off the challenge from Stosur 7-5 6-4 – despite calling for her trainer in the opening set.
The great Dane showed real bite in a contest that oozed with quality and seemed revitalised after taking a couple of weeks off from the WTA Tour to recover from her well publicised personal issues.
The #8 seed said:
“To be able to perform 100% you have to have a clear mind and want to get out there and practice.”
“When I came back home I was ready to go. But I love spending time with my friends, my family and the people closest to me.”
Wozniacki spent time in Miami with American superstar Serena Williams, her best friend on the professional circuit, and it appeared that the world #16 had been given some useful tips by Williams that she executed with aplomb.
Stosur bowed out of the 2nd Round on the grass in Birmingham coming into the Aegon International, finishing second best to fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua, and although she put up a fight in the first set was always an unlikely victor against Wozniacki.