Former World Number one Wozniacki is retiring from professional tennis this year, but another former World Number one Kim Clijsters will be making her return this year. The Belgian, Clijsters last played at US Open 2012 and this year she will make her comeback at Monterrey Open in Mexico.
Kim Clijsters vs New Players
The Dane champion Caroline Wozniacki is skeptical about Clijsters’ performance on the WTA Tour. She feels tennis has evolved tremendously over the span of eight years. “It’s tough. I personally don’t think she can be successful again. She can prove me wrong. I think tennis has changed in 7 years,” said Wozniacki.
As per Wozniacki’s perspective, the women are employing a wide variety of shots in the game followed by some powerful hitting. They have some fine sense of selecting their shots and reading their games is becoming an arduous task for the tennis experts. Players like Simona Halep hit simple winners from the baseline and land up disrupting the rhythm of their opponents.
Nevertheless, the sliding and stretched-out tennis on all surfaces from Kim Clijsters will take care of the offensive and defensive part of her game. As WTA’s one of the best returners Clijsters can handle the serves of Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Ashleigh Barty and Aryna Sabalenka.
Wozniacki vs Clijsters
Wozniacki and Clijsters have met three times on the WTA courts, and the Dane has been win-less against the Belgian. One of their revered meetings were at US Open 2009 finals. With the victory against Caroline in New York, Kim became the first unseeded woman to win the title at Flushing Meadows.
Also, she was the first mother to win a Grand Slam singles title since 1980. The duo also put up a three-set epic battle in the championship match of WTA Finals 2010.
“Once the last ball is hit, it’s going to be emotional” – Caroline Wozniacki
Ahead of her last tournament on the WTA Tour Wozniacki is emotional. She achieved more than a professional tennis player could ever dream off, be it a Slam, World Number one ranking or some thrilling matches. Wozniacki has given her best in all the departments of tennis.
“So far I’ve just approached it like any other tournament,” Wozniacki said. “But obviously it’s different since it’s my last one. I’m just enjoying being out there. I’ve done everything I could to prepare as well as I can for this tournament, then hope for the best. I’m sure once the last ball is hit, it’s going to be a bit emotional.”