Caroline Wozniacki has officially retired from tennis following her 2020 Australian Open exit. The former World No.1 had announced beforehand that it would be her last tournament. She did not last long at the event , losing 5-7, 6-3, 5-7 to Ons Jabeur in the third round.
The Dane’s final match was a grinding and competitive affair, typical of so many encounters in her career. Unfortunately, this was the last time she was going to compete professionally.
She had a dream of winning a Grand Slam and becoming No. 1 in the world. She managed both, and now she retires with satisfaction.
Wozniacki managed to capture the the World No. 1 rank in 2010, taking over from her good friend Serena Williams. She did so without having won a Grand Slam, making her the fifth woman to do so.
She did go on to conquered the Australian Open title in 2018, defeating Simona Halep in the final . It remains Wozniacki’s only Grand Slam.
After her final professional match, Caroline expressed her satisfaction with her career.
“I had a dream when I was young. I wanted to win a Grand Slam, I wanted to be No. 1 in the world. I worked so hard for it every single day. I’m very, very proud of that.”
A surprise well-wisher for Caroline Wozniacki
Caroline Wozniacki endeared herself to countless fans in and outside of tennis. She was a globally recognized, and loved athlete. Naturally, wishes and congratulatory messages poured in after her retirement.
Her good friend Williams too exited the event in the third round. The 23-time Grand Slam champion failed to hold her tears back after the match. Not because of her loss, but Wozniacki’s retirement.
But one well-wisher was a surprise for everyone, Caroline included. It was none other than former England and Liverpool F.C. footballer, Steven Gerrard. In a video message for the Dane, Gerrard was all praises for her.
“Hello Caroline. Hope you’re well and good. I hope you’re enjoying retiring and getting some rest. I just wanna say congratulations for an incredible career. You’ve gave us so many highs over the years. I’ve really enjoyed watching you. So major congratulations to ya. And I wish you all the best for the future.”
Wozniacki happens to be a lifelong Liverpool fan and as you can imagine, she was ecstatic to see the legend Gerrard congratulate her.
She tweeted out in response to the video to say that as a life long fan of the club, she was lost for words over the pride she felt to see the video. She also thanked Steven Gerrard for his wishes.
Wozniacki finished her tennis career with one grand Slam and a tally of 30 WTA titles, including one WTA Finals title.