By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
Caroline Wozniacki, set to return to Eastbourne for the first time since winning at Devonshire Park in 2009, appears to be coming under immense pressure ahead of Roland Garros.
And health permitting the 21-year-old is eager to warm up for the back-to-back grass court tournaments of Wimbledon and the London 2012 Olympics.
The Danish ace, eager to capture her inaugural Grand Slam title, gave up during her match at the Italian Open because of a respiratory illness.
The former world no1, heavily criticised by players – past and present – for reaching top spot on the WTA Tour without a major title, trailed 6-4 4-0 in Rome against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues.
Wozniacki consulted medics after losing the opening set of the 2nd Round tie but conceded defeat following advice from her physio in relation to her breathing difficulties.
The great Dane spent most of the 2011 season as world no1, but has slipped down the rankings and is only just inside the top 10.
Wozniacki appears to have been on a downward spiral ever since her romance with Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, which has included the exit of two coaches before returning to her father as permanent coach.
If Wozniacki is forced to skip the 2012 French Open then she will hopefully return to Eastbourne eager to impress, and not be unable to compete ahead of Wimbledon.