Take more risks, and that final step to Grand Slam glory is yours. It is advice that has a tired old ring to it for Caroline Wozniacki, having had it thrown her way throughout a 67-week reign atop the women’s rankings.
If only it were that simple.
Wednesday’s second-round scare in her 11th Australian Open campaign was not the type of risk those Grand Slam experts had in mind.
Taking on plucky 21-year-old Croatian Jana Fett, the Dane was in all sorts of trouble when she stared down a pair of match points at 1-5 in the deciding set before pulling off an improbable 3-6 6-2 7-5 escape.
“I was thinking at that point she still has to win four more balls to win this match, and don't make it easy for her,” Wozniacki said.
“At 5-1, 40-15, I felt like I was one foot out of the tournament. She served a great serve down the T, as well. It was just slightly out. I was kind of lucky.
“Then I felt her tighten up just slightly. I thought to myself, ‘You know what, at this point, make her win it, don't give it to her’.”