Caroline Wozniacki hoping to secure first title of 2012

 

Dubai

Caroline Wozniacki is preparing for a double celebration. The 21-year-old Dane hopes to secure her first title of the year here at the Dubai Duty Free Championships and believes she is also on course to win a bet she has struck with her boyfriend, Rory McIlroy.

"The bet is no sweets, no white bread, no fried food, no sodas," Wozniacki said last night after a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Ana Ivanovic earned a semi-final meeting today with the winner of last night's concluding quarter-final between Daniela Hantuchova and Julia Goerges. "On Sundays I can have one thing. So if I choose to drink a glass of Coke, that's it. The bet is until one of us breaks down. I'm stubborn, so I'm not going to give up. I think I'm going to win."

Asked what is at stake in the bet, Wozniacki said: "Let's just put it this way, I wouldn't do it for a pair of sunglasses. I wouldn't put myself through that."

While Wozniacki's greatest temptation is chocolate or jelly, she said McIlroy would find it hard resisting crisps, popcorn and fizzy drinks. McIlroy is playing in a golf tournament in Arizona this week and Wozniacki said she trusted him not to cheat on the bet. "He's such a bad liar," she said. "I would tell right away if he had eaten something unhealthy."

Jelena Jankovic will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the other semi-final here. Jankovic, the world No 14, beat Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-2 to record only her second victory over a top 10 player since she beat the Australian at the same stage of this tournament 12 months ago. Radwanska, who beat Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-1, has reached the quarter-finals or better in all four of her tournaments this year. She has lost only three matches - all of them against the world No 1, Victoria Azarenka.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Under the skin: Sarah Kane in May 1998
theatreThe story behind a new season of Sarah Kane plays
Arts and Entertainment
Preening: Johnny Depp in 'Mortdecai'
filmMortdecai becomes actor's fifth consecutive box office bomb
Sport
Bradford City's reward for their memorable win over Chelsea is a trip to face either Sunderland or Fulham (Getty)
football
News
Lars Andersen took up archery in his mid thirties
video
Voices
Focus E15 Mothers led a protest to highlight the lack of affordable housing in London
voicesLondon’s housing crisis amounts to an abuse of human rights, says Grace Dent
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

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

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project