World number one Caroline Wozniacki exits Wimbledon on sour note
Caroline Wozniacki faced further interrogation into her standing as the world number one after a painful Wimbledon exit, but insisted: "I don't really care what people think."
The 20-year-old Danish player has risen to the top of the women's rankings after winning a host of tour events, but she remains without a grand slam and yesterday's defeat to Dominika Cibulkova means that she has now lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon for three years in a row.
Cibulkova, small in stature at 5ft 3ins but nevertheless a big-hitter, came from behind to beat Wozniacki in three sets.
The Slovakian was generous towards Wozniacki after tying up the shock win, saying: "I think she played really well too. We had such unbelievable points sometimes and it was a really, really, really tough match.
"It's not easy when you compare her to Serena Williams, because she was the best player and she had so many grand slam titles.
"Caroline is now compared to the other number ones. She never won a grand slam and that's what they ask her all the time: when is she going to win a grand slam?"
And that was an inevitable line of questioning when Wozniacki spoke following her 1-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 defeat.
"To be honest, I don't really care what people think or say or do," said Wozniacki.
"I cannot really do anything now. I did my best and it wasn't good enough.
"I started well, serving well, returned pretty well, got a lot of returns in.
"In the second set, I didn't get too many deep returns in and then she had the advantage from there.
"I still had so many chances also in the third set I should have taken and I didn't. Then you lose the match.
"It's kind of disappointing because when you're up 2-0 with a break and have a lot of break points that you don't convert that's kind of your own fault."
Cibulkova broke decisively in the third set before holding securely on her own delivery to set up a quarter-final today against tournament favourite Maria Sharapova.
"I was there. I should have taken my chance," Wozniacki said.
Given the anticipated interest in the clash between Cibulkova and Sharapova, their match has been given Centre Court billing.
"I think we have respect for each other," said Cibulkova.
"We know it's going to be a really tough match and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."