For one last time, Caroline Wozniacki hit her signature forehand. For one last time, her bright smile shone on a tennis court. For one last time, people witnessed her grit as her loss in the third round of the Australian Open meant that it was all for one last time.
Wozniacki might return to the courts once again- as a spectator, as a fan- but no longer as a player that we are used to seeing.
After reaching her first round of 16 in a Grand Slam, Ons Jabeur spoke highly of Wozniacki and gave her a hug as the spectators cheered for the Dane.
Twitter reacted to Caroline Wozniacki playing for the last time
It says a lot about Caroline Wozniacki that she is retiring at 29 years old in an era of 30+ champions yet it feels like she did everything she needed to do.
30 titles, 1 slam, $34m prize money, 71 weeks at #1 and twice year-end. One of the most mentally strong players around.
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) January 24, 2020
🏆 2018 Australian Open champion
🇺🇸 2 x US Open finalist
🙌 30 x WTA titles
💪Longest time span for a female player to return to no. 1 (2012-2018)
— bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 24, 2020
Tribute to Caroline Wozniacki from other WTA players as she ends her illustrious career.#AusOpen
— Biola Solace-Chukwu (@Beeorlicious) January 24, 2020
Draped in Danish flag with Sweet Caroline blasting from the speakers & tears pouring from not only her face but her fans, Caroline Wozniacki walks off the court for the final time in her career. @1116sen pic.twitter.com/7BJY9jL6Fb
— Meredith Gibbs (@meredith_gibbs) January 24, 2020
— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) January 24, 2020
Over 15 years as a professional tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki won 30 WTA titles and four ITF titles. Her triumph in a Grand Slam came in 2018 when she won the Australian Open. :ater in 2018, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2018 which causes inflammation in her joint after playing. The disease being one of the reasons to retire at a relatively young age of 29, she has also expressed her desire to “achieve other things in life.”
“It has been a great ride,” an emotional Wozniacki said after the match..
End of an era for Caroline Wozniacki. The Dane knocked out by Ons Jabeur in the 3R of #AusOpen
World No.1, 2018 AO champion. A mainstay at the top of the sport for a decade. Well played, Caro. We’ll certainly miss you and that fighting spirit you brought to every. Single. Point.
— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) January 24, 2020
71 weeks at number one. As a kid, that felt like a LONG time. She fought as hard as you could ask for tonight. Unfortunately, you see that even tonight she wasn’t acknowledged as as great as she was. Thank god she got a slam. Too bad she didn’t get to see Serena here. #Wozniacki pic.twitter.com/k4PBW1aHA7
— Down The Line (@Downtheline___) January 24, 2020
Caroline Wozniacki had an incredible career and overcame years of basically being called a fraudulent # 1 because she was Slamless. She gave me and our faves countless headaches, and there will be a real void in the WTA without her. Congrats to her battered fans most of all ❤️❤️
— Matthew 🐨🧽 (@MRisingStar18) January 24, 2020