WATCH: When Caroline Wozniacki Hung Her Racquet in an Emotional Fashion

Published 01/24/2021, 12:29 PM EST
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 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Last year on the same date, former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki played the last match of her career and bid adieu to the tennis fraternity. Wozniacki had announced she would retire post the 2020 Australian Open and said goodbye after her loss to Ons Jabeur in the third round at Melbourne Park.

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Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrates victory after her Ladies Singles third round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

After shaking hands with her opponent, Wozniacki broke down into tears and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Visibly emotional, Wozniacki’s family came on the court to embrace her and to congratulate the tennis star on a stellar career.

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Caroline Wozniacki bids goodbye

During the post-match conference, Wozniacki reflected on her last match and described her farewell as the perfect moment. Wozniacki went down like a fighter, losing the third-round match by the narrowest of margins.

“What happened today was perfect. It was a packed stadium, people stood up. I had the Danish flag on my back and had my family there. I think it was the perfect moment.” said Wozniacki.

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In her 15-year long career, Wozniacki ended as the year-end No.1 twice in 2010 and 2011. She won one Grand Slam title at 2018 Australian Open and triumphed at the WTA Finals in 2017. At her last press conference, Wozniacki talked about being proud of achieving her childhood dream and the hard work she put in all those years.

“I had a dream when I was a kid; I wanted to win a Grand Slam and wanted to be No.1 in the world. People thought I was crazy being from a small country, but I made it happen. I am very very proud of that.” remarked Wozniacki.

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The 30-year-old finished her career with an impressive 30 WTA titles and career prize money over $35 million. It was a fitting end to a beautiful career of one of the best competitors of the sport.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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