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Caroline Wozniacki ran hills in her training for the 2014 New York City Marathon. Wozniacki went downhill fast in Dubai.

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Stepping on a sand board for the first time, Caro conceded she was nervous peering over a pristine desert landscape before her first ride down the dunes.

"It looks pretty nerve-wracking," Wozniacki said. "I know this isn't a steep hill for experts, but for me it looks pretty steep especially because you're not allowed to turn the board like snowboarding, you just have to go straight. I guess, it's like riding a bike, right?"

Clad in a white dress for her sand boarding debut, Wozniacki showed no fear — and good balance — smoothly sliding down the sand dunes.

"It was definitely fun. I really enjoyed it," Wozniacki said. "It was a different experience, but it's fun to try the culture here. I thought I nailed a couple of them."

The 2011 Dubai champion is a multi-sport athlete — Caro has embraced boxing training and plays golf — with an athletic adventurous streak. In previous visits to the desert, Wozniacki has danced with penguins and hit the slopes skiing the Dubai Indoor Ski resort.

Her best experiences have come on court where she's reached four consecutive semifinals in Dubai. But the third-seeded Dane, who plays No. 10 seed Flavia Pennetta for a semifinal spot, knows navigating the draw will be more challenging than maintaining her balance on the board.

"I'm feeling good, practicing hard, spent a lot of time on court," Wozniacki said."And I've always played well here. I won the tournament in the past. It's a tough field with the best players in the world; there's no easy matches."

Photo credit: Sports Illustrated