Caroline Wozniacki Reminisces Playing Alongside Serena Williams Before Retirement

Published 01/11/2021, 5:00 AM EST
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 08:Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and Serena Williams of the USA leave the court following their doubles match against Caroline Dolehide of the USA and Johanna Larsson of Sweden during day three of the 2020 Women’s ASB Classic at ASB Tennis Centre on January 08, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)


Friendships on a tennis court are rare, as players often go all out against their opponents. But the case of American Serena Williams and Danish Caroline Wozniacki is the perfect example of that rare bonding.

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Despite being great competitors, Williams and Wozniacki have been a constant source of admiration for one another. The former World No. 1s are often seen even outside the court supporting each other.

The 30-year-old Danish player decided to retire from professional tennis last year. In her second-last tournament, she played doubles with her best friend Serena for the first and only time. And unsurprisingly enough, they made it to the finals of the ASB Classic.

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In an interview, Caroline spoke about playing doubles with the 23-time Grand Slam champion. “We had a blast, it was awesome,” the former Danish player said. “We were like, ‘Why didn’t we do this earlier?’”

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark drapes a Danish flag over her shoulders and acknowledges the crowd after losing her Women’s Singles third round match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia on day five of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The duo faced each other 11 times in their career, in which the American won 10 times. Even then, the mutual respect towards one another only increased over the years.

Caroline ended her career with a loss in the third round at the 2020 Australian Open. She is the only player from Denmark to lift a Grand Slam – the 2018 Australian Open.

Later on, Caroline and Serena were to play in an exhibition match as the Danish player’s farewell to the sport. But due to the coronavirus outbreak, the event got canceled.

But this was not the end of it, as the pair revealed that they would finish what was planned in 2021.

Taking a walk down memory lane, the 30-year-old shared one of her best moments from 2020. It is an all smiles and hugs picture with her best friend Serena in the doubles’ finals of the ASB Classic.

Serena won the singles’ ASB Classic title, her first title as a mother, while Caroline lost in the semifinals to Jessica Pegula.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates after winning a point during her Women’s Singles second-round match against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia on day three of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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