Caroline Wozniacki has insisted that an injury picked up at Eastbourne won’t stop her from competing at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships - despite having to withdraw after three games in her semi-final.
World number five Wozniacki - who begins her SW19 tournament on Tuesday against China’s Zheng Saisai - had lost two service games in her Aegon International semi-final against Belinda Bencic, when she called for the trainer about a back problem.
However, Wozniacki - currently best priced 40/1 at Sky Bet to win Wimbledon 2015 - later revealed that the problem had been bothering her throughout the week at Eastbourne and she had retired as a cautionary measure.
The number two seed at Eastbourne told The Guardian: “Today it stiffened up more, and I felt like I couldn’t move the way I wanted to and felt pain. I felt really bad for the crowd and everyone who had come out, but there’s nothing really I could do about it.
“It’s all about just looking ahead for Wimbledon. You know, just get as much treatment as possible and be ready for my first round there. I’m definitely planning on playing Wimbledon.
“I felt it from the last two, three days and the last two matches I have played as well, especially in the beginning, but then it kind of warmed up and I felt better. Today it just felt slightly worse, so I just felt like I won’t win this way and I can only make it worse.”
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Eastbourne had already seen a fair share of withdrawals earlier in the week - as defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (illness) and last year’s runner-up Eugenie Bouchard (abdominal injury) both bowed out, along with Daria Gavrilova and Angelique Kerber.
The positive for Wozniacki is that she has three days to recover before meeting Zheng.
Wozniacki said: “I have my physio and osteopath in London, so I’m going to go there. We are just going to start with the treatment as soon as I can.
“Normally my body is very receptive to treatment, so hopefully I’m going to be fine in a couple of days.”