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Caroline Wozniacki didn't really get beat up by a baby kangaroo

Chris Chase
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Continuing a recent run of tour de force press conferences at the Australian Open, world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki told reporters a made-up story about getting into a scrap with a kangaroo at a Melbourne park earlier in the week. Some members of the media fell for the gag and reported it as fact before Wozniacki later clarified she was kidding.

The 20-year-old Dane has been fighting back against allegations that she's a boring interview. Two days earlier, she held her own press conference in which she asked the usual, mundane post-match questions to herself and then held court answering "interesting" queries including ones about her love-life, favorite football team and childhood.

[Photos: Wozniacki among worst-dressed at Australian Open]

Wozniacki continued to keep the press on her toes after her fourth-round win on Sunday when she opened by telling a story about a kangaroo cutting her in the park. Despite a half-dozen follow-up questions, nobody in the press corps decided to ask whether Wozniacki was serious or not.

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Q. What is the most exciting thing you've ever done? If it's illegal, we promise not to tell anyone [...]

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: [...] Well, the other day I went to the park and I saw this kangaroo lying there. If you've seen, I'm playing with the thing on my shin here. It was lying there. So I wanted to go over and help it out. As I went over to it, it just started to be aggressive and it actually cut me. So I think that's pretty exciting. But I learned my lesson and I just started running away. [...]

Q. It was a baby?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: It wasn't big. It was a baby. I just wanted to help it out. I found out that I shouldn't do that.

Q. Scratch you pretty good?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, it scratched me pretty well. That's why I'm playing with this tape on my shin.

Q. Did you go to the doctor?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: Yeah, I went to the doctor. They cleaned it and everything. They wanted to do a few stitches. I said, There's no way you're going to do stitches. I just told them to glue it together. I'm playing with the Steri Strips. It's looking fine. So everyone is happy.

Q. You've done a lot of boxing. Did you think about boxing the kangaroo as it took a swing at you?

CAROLINE WOZNIACKI: I'm sure that was ready for some boxing. I like boxing.

It looked so cute. But once it started scratching me, I was a coward and I run away.

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The press conference continued with tennis talk and Wozniacki eventually left without cluing in reporters that she actually got cut while walking on a treadmill. When some outlets reported the kangaroo story as fact, Wozniacki had to return to clarify that it was all a gag.

I'm sorry if I caused an inconvenience. I really didn't mean to. I didn't think you would believe it because I already told the Danish press and they know. I thought it was out there already. So I just wanted to apologize and that's why I'm here. I'm hoping that the press conferences in the future will still be funny. I promise if I make a joke like this, I'll make sure to clarify it before I leave.

In three days, Wozniacki has managed to transform her off-court image from aloof and snobby to entertaining and mischievous. Normally, one can only kill their reputations in such a short period of time. For her to change the narrative so quickly is a public relations triumph.

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