Caroline Wozniacki frustrated at missed opportunity after surprise Wimbledon exit

Caroline Wozniacki says she is frustrated to have missed an opportunity to enjoy a deep Wimbledon run after suffering a shock second-round exit.

The world No 2 won the Eastbourne title last weekend but lost to the unseeded Ekaterina Makarova on Wednesday after threatening a three-set comeback victory.

Wozniacki, who has never been past the fourth round in her 12 visits to Wimbledon, won the Australian Open in January for her maiden Grand Slam title but has once again failed to impress at the grass-court major.

After falling 5-1 down in the deciding set, the Dane saved four match points to regain parity but Makarova recovered her composure to secure a third-round berth.

“I played an opponent today that went all in, everything was going her way, sometimes it happens in tennis,” Wozniacki said.

“I still almost found a way to turn it around. It’s frustrating because I feel like I could have gone and done something really great here.

“For her to keep this level, I would be very surprised if you saw her go far. But with someone playing like this today, I really did what I could. It just wasn’t enough.”

Several leading contenders in the women’s draw, including French Open champion Simona Halep, opted to head to the Wimbledon practice courts early and miss out on Eastbourne but Wozniacki has no regrets over her decision to play at the pre-Wimbledon event.

“I got the practice that I needed,” Wozniacki said. “The weather was great. The conditions were great. It’s a great tournament.

“My body feels great. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t have played there.”

Wozniacki is at a loss to understand why she is yet to mount a real challenge for the Venus Rosewater Dish but insists her performance against Makarova, a former quarter-finalist, would have been good enough to have beaten most in the draw.

“When I look at the draw, there’s 90 per cent of everyone else I would have played today, I feel like I would have won,” she said. “The last 10 per cent I feel like I would have had a chance or a good chance.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. Sometimes it just doesn’t flash. Things just don’t add up. Today I played someone who played extremely well.

“As I said, I don’t know that she would be able to keep up this level for the rest of the tournament.”

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