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World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki said on Saturday that fans threatened her family during her defeat to Monica Puig at the 2018 Miami Open Friday.
Wozniacki slipped to a shock second round-defeat to Puig despite winning the first set 6-0. She has since taken to Twitter to explain the abuse she suffered during the match:
Caroline Wozniacki @CaroWozniacki
Puig is ranked 82nd in the world but took the match in three sets after bouncing back from a disastrous start. The 24-year-old took the next final two 6-4, 6-4 to book a place in the third around against Maria Sakkari.
The WTA showed her moment of victory:
She’s done it! Miami local @MonicaAce93 downs World No.2 Wozniacki, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 in @MiamiOpen second round! #MiamiOpen https://t.co/ChDujKQv9w
Wozniacki’s fiance, former basketball star David Lee, described the atmosphere at the event:
David Lee @Dlee042
Disgusting atmosphere, hope something can be done to prevent this from happening again! https://t.co/fi1mcRqLcw
Puig said after the game she tried to stay focused throughout, per WTA: “I just tried to stay positive, I didn’t think I did a lot wrong—a ball here or there that just missed the line. She’s such a great competitor so I knew I had to stay in there, stay focused and keep fighting. I just found my way out there.”
Tennis journalist Jose Morgado showed how damaging the defeat is to Wozniacki:
José Morgado @josemorgado
Wozniacki loses 640 points from 2017. Simona Halep with her number one secured till pretty much… Roland Garros.
Wozniacki started the year by winning the 2018 Australian Open, beating Simona Halep in the final to claim her maiden Grand Slam. The victory also saw her overtake Halep as World No. 1, but the Romanian has since reclaimed top spot.