Caroline Wozniacki To Play Sharapova in Seoul In December
epa03412113 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their quarter final match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo, Japan, 27 September 2012. Radwanska won 6-4 and 6-3. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA |
Golfing boyfriend Rory McIlroy will accompany Caroline Wozniacki to Korea as the former WTA No. 1 begins pre-New Year’s eve festivities in Asia with what would appear to be a well-paying gig at an exhibition in Seoul.
The December 28 date at the capital’s Jamsil stadium will pit No. 11 Wozniacki against Maria Sharapova, the reigning French Open winner and current No. 2.
Wozniacki will be playing in Korea for the second time in four months after winning this month’s WTA event there, her first title in more than a year since she began her slide from the tennis top 10 elite.
For Sharapova, the absence has been much longer, with the LA-based Russian marketing icon winning a WTA event there in 2004, She last played in the country a year later, losing to Venus Williams.
McIlroy will be at a loose end during a pause in the golfing calendar and is expected to take the opportunity to spend some time with his girlfriend.
No real drama for the top ranked players except for Juan Martin del Potro's struggle against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Wednesday. Azarenka claims she needs to "improve" after a 6-0 6-0 first round win.
One of the best things about watching the galaxy of stars inter-act at the ATP Heritage dinner at the Waldorf Astoria just before the US Open was the degree to which the world No 1’s were in awe of each other.