I grew up in an age of really talented tennis players and to be honest, some players were super friendly whilst others were more competitive and kept to themselves. One person I always admired was Caroline Wozniacki. I played against Caroline in junior Wimbledon, she beat me and then went on to claim the title. I was of course a bit disappointed to lose but I went and watched her play in the final anyhow.
What struck me was how smiley and relaxed she was, especially considering the nature of the match, the pressure and the big Wimbledon crowd watching! I was so impressed with her attitude. Our careers didn't
Caroline has won tons of titles on the WTA Tour. She is the face of Adidas Stella McCartney, friends with Gigi Hadid and walked the red carpet at the Met Gala this year. But she has had her share of challenges too. Injuries, set backs and a high profile break up splashed across the media. But through it all, one thing remains, a smile that is never far from her face.
During the ASB Classic, I interviewed Caroline at the players party and after her match. When we were chatting, I asked her if she would mind answering a few questions for RealYou. She was of course very gracious and inspiring in her answers!
Sach: How do you develop confidence and work towards your goals?
Caroline: I think you have to believe in yourself. When you have a dream there are often many people telling you that you can’t do it. It's important to surround yourself with the right people, I think that’s one of the main things. As well as being really committed and believing in yourself no matter what anyone else thinks.
As a young women, it's really tempting to compare yourself to others. How do you resist?
If you look at Twitter and Instagram and social media, everyones life looks perfect but at the end of the day, everyone is battling some kind of fight we don’t know about. I think it’s all about believing you're on the path that’s right for you and appreciating the great moments rather than focusing on what other people have and you don't, or what other people are doing.
We all have down moments at times in life. Maybe you lose a match or something doesn’t go the way you wanted it to. How do you handle it?
I just try and focus on the positive of the situation. I don’t think I would appreciate the beautiful moments if I didn’t have the sad and bad times. I think the good and bad times are all part of life. It’s the down moments that make you stronger afterwards - so I try and remember that too.
And lastly, what advice would you give to your teenage self?
Believe in yourself, wake up with a smile and do what you love to do.
So, there is my interview with Caroline. I hope it inspires you to believe in yourself and go through life with a smile, just like it did for me!
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