Caroline Wozniacki denies wrongdoing in Luxembourg
Last week, Caroline Wozniacki retired when she was leading Anne Kremer 7-5, 5-0 with a hamstring injury but she denied that there was any wrongdoing involved in that match.
During the second set Wozniacki’s father told her to retire from the match and fans watching the match hear that and now the The WTA Tour is investigating a surge in online bets.
“There was no chance for me to finish, so I decided to stop,” Wozniacki said. “I don’t have anything to do with betting. … So I don’t see any problems.”
Wozniacki said she initially felt the injury while serving at 5-5 in the first set, and received medical treatment on her left leg later in that game. She tried to continue playing, but “the pain just got worse.”
Her father came onto the court at 3-0 in the second, and was picked up by microphones advising her to retire.
“That was the first time he could come on court,” Wozniacki said. “He said, ‘It doesn’t matter what the score is going to be, if your pain is going to be worse, there’s no sense to continue. … If you cannot continue, you have to stop because you don’t want to ruin also this tournament (in Doha).”‘
Wozniacki said she went to the hospital the next day, and that a scan showed she had strained a muscle. She was taped around her left thigh when training Monday but hopes to play in Doha.
Wozniacki said she has discussed her reasons for quitting with tour representatives and does not expect any punishment.
“I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said. “I think it’s just regular procedure that they have someone who’s looking into it, but I talked to them. There is nothing suspicious about the match that way. So it’s not really a big deal.”