“Gender Doesn’t Determine”: Caroline Wozniacki Reflects on Motherhood, Advice for Young Women and More

Published 08/07/2021, 1:29 AM EDT


Retired Danish professional and former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki has inspired many on and off the court with her journey. Now, she opened up on her path ahead, that is, motherhood and her campaign Advantage Hers.

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Moreover, the 30-time WTA title winner also described her battle with rheumatoid arthritis and facing the doubts of others. Additionally, she advised young women athletes who aspire to take on a similar journey.

But, first of all, Wozniacki mentioned her parents’ lessons that she would want her daughter to learn.

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“Be a good person, be a great leader, and be a good role model,” she said. “And continue working hard and giving it your all, and that’s all you can do.”

Caroline Wozniacki on being a mother, battling rheumatoid arthritis, and more

Winning the 2018 Australian Open, Wozniacki became the first player from a Scandinavian country to win a Grand Slam. Given how she met her dreams, the 31-year-old wants the same for her daughter.

“For me, it’s so important to let her know that her gender doesn’t determine whether or not she can be what she wants to be,” Wozniacki said.

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)

Furthermore, the 2017 WTA Finals champion remembered how every time she broke a goal, the world told her that there was something more she could not do. “I think that always fired me up, and my determination kept me going,” she added.

Apart from professional struggles, Wozniacki faced troubles when her symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis got ignored. Thus, she developed Advantage Hers, a campaign to help women get treatment for this chronic inflammatory disease.

“I thought to myself if I’m not being taken seriously, and I’m supposed to have great doctors just taking care of athletes, the normal woman coming into the doctor is definitely not going to be taken seriously,” Wozniacki explained.

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Wozniacki’s advice to young women

Most significantly, Wozniacki highlighted the importance of hard work in making a professional career. Besides, she also stated the dire need for a support system.

“You need to want this and be willing to work extremely hard. If you’re willing to put in the hours, if you’re willing to do what it takes and work hard, then the sky is the limit,” Wozniacki said. It is also the advice she would give to her daughter.

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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 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Guidance in an athlete’s career is essential, be it from parents or coaches. To conclude, Wozniacki said, “Because yeah, you can get far by yourself, but you can’t go all the way.”

All in all, after retirement from tennis, Wozniacki has found her new goals in life. Hopefully, young women would learn from her example and become unstoppable.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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