Caroline Wozniacki has all but forgotten the last time she was on Stadium Court at the Family Circle Cup.
Ranked No. 2 in the world in 2010, Wozniacki made it to the semifinals before she twisted her right ankle while chasing down a drop shot against Vera Zvonareva, forcing her to retire in the first set.
"You think about it sometimes just a little bit, especially when you go up to these drop shots. That was a little bit in the back of my mind," Wozniacki said Wednesday after rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Irina Falconi in a match that lasted only 56 minutes.
"On the other hand, this is a tournament that I've always enjoyed playing. Center court is so cozy. It feels like the crowd is right there and it's so intimate. So that just makes me enjoy being out there on center court."
Wozniacki is off to a fantastic start this season with two victories and a pair of runner-up finishes in six tournaments, and she is brimming with confidence.
"As the tournament progresses, I will feel more and more confident on the clay because it's the first clay tournament for me this year," she said. "You just need to find your balance in sliding."
Wozniacki won the first five games of her match with Falconi, ranked No. 128 in the world.
"I'm feeling like I'm playing good tennis. My confidence is good. I know that an opponent has to play really well to beat me, so I just go out there and enjoy myself and I will see how far I can go," she said.
Wozniacki said she didn't take her match against Falconi lightly, despite the ranking disparity between the two 20-year-olds.
"Every time I go out on the court, it doesn't matter what the ranking of the opponent is," she said. "I want to win and I fight until the end. It doesn't matter if the girl is No. 2 in the world or No. 100 in the world. It's still the same to me. I need to win the same amount of points to win the match."
She said she was able to get an extra step into the ball and make winning shots when she had opportunities.
Falconi, playing her first-ever match against a No. 1 opponent, was happy with the way she handled the pressure.
"I definitely was able to get a little taste of what it's like to be at the top," said Falconi, who is from Atlanta. "And you know, I felt like I was in every point. I was able to stay in every rally with her and I didn't feel like I was out of my league."
Falconi, whose best finish this year has been second in an International Tennis Federation tournament in Midland, Texas, said Wozniacki's strength is her positioning on the court.
"She is one of those players where you can put her in the most awkward positions on the court and she's able to get balls back that you just wouldn't think you could," Falconi said.
"It was my first time playing against a player that's No. 1 in the world. So it was really great. I think it's one of those experiences where I'll be able to grow so much from. I really enjoyed the crowd. I enjoyed the stage very much and I didn't feel uncomfortable at any point."