Wimbledon 2014: Caroline Wozniacki plays love game as Feliciano Lopez courts her approval

The former worls No 1's Lopez flirtation certainly fits with her new philosophy espoused on Twitter

Wimbledon

Revenge is a dish best served hot. Want to know how Caroline Wozniacki is progressing a month after being given the push by Rory McIlroy? Ask her about Feliciano Lopez, the default lothario of men's tennis made famous by the public admiration lavished upon him by Andy Murray's admiring mother.

"Deliciano", as he was labelled by Judy Murray, was a keen observer of Wozniacki's progress at Eastbourne last week, watching matches from the stands, and mention of his felicitations drew an abashed response after her quick-fire victory over Shahar Peer.

"I noticed he was on the sidelines in Eastbourne. He's a great guy, playing well," she said before dissolving into laughter. "This is very awkward." News of the Spaniard's interest in Wozniacki emerged from the man himself, who spoke to reporters about her, revealing that he knows her father well. Not that old conduit, Feliciano. "He's already making his way in through my dad?" she asked.

It might be that the nascent coming together of Wozniacki and Lopez is no more than an elaborate hoax engineered to project a sense of insouciance around the Danish former world No 1. The split with McIlroy hit her sledgehammer hard; a decision to end it that she didn't make.

 

Four weeks on, there are signs on and off the court that life is picking up. The Lopez flirtation certainly fits with her new philosophy espoused on Twitter. "There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy."

This folk wisdom is the work of former Wimbledon champion Kim Clijsters, posted last week and retweeted by Wozniacki. It is one of many missives that mark the staging posts of recovery.

Aided by some solid tennis and her chums on the circuit, in particular the grande dame Serena Williams, who has assumed the role of earth sister in the post-Rory apocalypse, the girl is moving on.

After their first-round exits at the French Open in Paris, Williams whisked Wozniacki to Miami toute de suite, recognising the need to fill her head with a new set of experiences. Sundry snaps from the basketball arena to the dance floor flooded the ether. "Serena is a great girl, an amazing friend. She's always been there for me whenever I've needed her," Wozniacki said.

If immersion in a frenzied social life was the first course of medicine, the second came on the tennis court at Eastbourne, where Wozniacki began to reacquaint herself with the fundamentals of her profession. There is no greater cure for a bad day than winning, as McIlroy attested with his victory at Wentworth in the week of their fracture.

The run to the semi-finals last week in the gentle setting of coastal Sussex meant time on court thinking of nothing but bat and ball. One imagines Wozniacki saw McIlroy's face stitched to the surface of the ball. Maybe that, as much as the attentions paid her by Lopez, was behind the gathering recovery. And so it was a degree of calm and no little enthusiasm that accompanied her to Wimbledon.

If some of her timeline photo mapping betrays a woman working overtime to convey a sense of buoyancy, her work on court needed little embroidery. Her delayed encounter with Shahar resumed on Court 12 with Wozniacki a set and break to the good. There were no backward steps.

She lavished knowing looks on her team in the stands and offered bursts of guttural self-approval. Four unbeaten games later she was shaking hands with the umpire and acknowledging the crowd, her 6-4, 6-0 victory taking her into a second-round encounter with our own Naomi Broady.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Office Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...

Surrey County Council: Senior Project Officer (Fixed Term to Feb 2019)

£26,498 - £31,556: Surrey County Council: We are looking for an outgoing, conf...

Recruitment Genius: Interim Head of HR

£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...

Recruitment Genius: Human Resources and Payroll Administrator

£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower