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WTA Legend Caroline Wozniacki Revels in Motherhood Joy as She Debunks Myth in Style

Published 03/09/2024, 9:15 AM EST

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Caroline Wozniacki is making the most of her wildcard comeback to the Indian Wells Masters as she has entered round 3. Talking in her post-match presser, Caroline Wozniacki reflected on her transformative experience of motherhood, and how she found purpose in being a role model for her children. Let’s see what Wozniacki has to say about this ‘different perspective’. 

Following an impressive performance in Friday’s second round, the former World No.1 and 2011 Indian Wells champion defeated No.25 seed Donna Vekic with a score of 7-6(5), 6-3.

Caroline Wozniacki – ‘I know it sounds like a cliché’

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Happy to make a comeback at the tournament with her family traveling with her, she opened up about her postpartum mindset and how it affects her. Caroline Wozniacki said, “I don’t know. I think I’m definitely older (smiling). But I think you just get a different perspective. I know it sounds like a cliché. You know, having kids and being there for them and being their role model…”

Talking about what this experience means to her, Caroline Wozniacki continued, “it just means everything to me, being a mom. It’s the best thing in the world. It’s hard. It’s definitely hard work, but it’s so rewarding. It’s incredible. To be able to play here with them and having them travel and see the world, it’s really cool to be able to live out my dreams. I think it’s just a much different perspective.”

Expressing her gratitude for the opportunity to compete in top-tier tournaments, Caroline Wozniacki added, “You know, I don’t have to be here. I’m here because I love to be here. I’m lucky enough that I have been given some wildcards so I’m able to play these big tournaments and compete against the best players in the world.”

Now that Caroline Wozniacki is a mother, what is her ambition in tennis? To win, of course! She said, “So for me, obviously I want to win, I’m a competitor, I’m very competitive, and I believe in myself and my game… it’s not as stressful.”

Returning from retirement last summer, Caroline Wozniacki embarks on a fresh phase of her sporting journey, as organizations, coaches, and sports specialists continue to refine strategies for professional athlete mothers.

The medical community has helped tennis moms a lot

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Extraordinary skill and determination are just some factors behind the success of tennis moms. In 1984, the WTA introduced the Terry Holladay Rule. It permits players to return to the professional circuit without a ranking within a year of them giving birth. Terry Holladay was the first woman to petition the tour and make a comeback after becoming a mother.

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Significant shifts have occurred when it comes to the way in which the medical community assesses professional athletes during pregnancy. “In the old days, people were told not to exercise much during pregnancy, to not get their heart rate higher than a certain level,” said Dr. Kate Ackerman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard University Medical School who heads the Wu Tsai Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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“That advice has sort of been thrown out the window as we see people carefully being monitored and pushing, pushing the level of exercise through their pregnancy,” Ackerman added. She further expounds that they try to tell them that everyone’s situation is unique and admits that they should try to meet the players “where they are”

Caroline Wozniacki can also take inspiration from Serena Williams who famously won a Grand Slam while eight weeks pregnant. What are your thoughts on Wozniacki’s ambitions?

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