“Not Gonna Let This Stop Me”: Caroline Wozniacki Reveals Her Uphill Battle After Being Diagnosed With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Published 07/15/2021, 6:51 AM EDT
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)


Fans became quite disappointed after Caroline Wozniacki announced her retirement from professional tennis after the Australian Open 2020. She was just 29-years-old back then and people definitely wanted her to play more. However, she is currently enjoying the second innings of her life and is about to be a mother soon.

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In a recent interview, Caroline Wozniacki shed light on her journey in tennis. She mentioned that she wouldn’t have reached anywhere in her life if her parents and close ones hadn’t backed her.

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. 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)

“Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be number one in the world and win a Grand Slam,” began Wozniacki. “I wouldn’t have become the tennis player I was without the people around me and my parents and their support… The people closest to me and around me knew how hard I was working to reach my goal and really get to where I wanted and they were the most important people to me. I’ve achieved basically everything I wanted to achieve in tennis.”

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Wozniacki is definitely satisfied with whatever she has accomplished as a tennis player. She has been the World No.1 player for some time and also has a major to her name.

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Caroline Wozniacki reveals her experience of battling with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Wozniacki suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2018. It was definitely a tough time for her and it looked that she would not be able to return to the court. However, she defeated the disease and now helps other people who are suffering from it.

Caroline Wozniacki celebrates victory after her third-round match against Anett Kontaveit. Day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“I got diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2018. It took a long time for me to get diagnosed… So we build a community where women can tell their stories and get women to feel their best. Once I got the diagnosis, my main thing was I’m not gonna let this stop me. I’m gonna find a way to still win and still be at the top,” added the former World No.1 player.

In the same video, Wozniacki also highlighted that she is pretty excited to be a mother. She believes that her primary role will just be to guide her daughter in the right direction.

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“I’m very excited about what the future holds. I was talking to my husband today actually about just raising a 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. So, it’s all about just guiding her in the right direction,” concluded Wozniacki.

There are rumors that Caroline Wozniacki might make a comeback soon on the court. Fans surely want that to happen as they believe that she still has a lot of tennis left in her. Will they see her play tennis yet again?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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