Quite a sad moment down in Melbourne as Caroline Wozniacki has officially hung up her racket.
The Dane from Odense first broke onto the scene back in 2005 days after she turned 15. Just eight days after her 15th birthday she picked up a wildcard in Cincinnati and lost 6-3 6-0 to Patty Schnyder.
A quite incredible 993 matches later and the 29 year old has called time on her career.
Caroline Wozniacki Career Stats
674 career wins
320 career defeats
71 weeks as World No.1 (Second Most 2010-2020)
2018 Australian Open Champion
2017 WTA Finals Champion
2009 & 2014 US Open Runner-Up
32 Career Titles
3 x Olympic Games
61 top 10 wins
4 x No.1 wins
4 x Double Bagel Wins
Someone who has been by her side throughout all of her career is her dad Piotr Wozniacki who has been her coach throughout her career.
Her first title came in 2008 at the age of 18 and he last came ten years later in Beijing, the same year which saw her win her only Grand Slam title down in Melbourne she her final tournament was played.
I’ve always enjoyed watching Wozniacki play. Her whole game epitomised her personality. She never gave up in a match and continued to work hard and that goes a long day in sport and life. The relentless running but with purpose made her a tough player to crack and she even took her running to the streets a few years ago competing in the New York marathon before playing tennis.
Towards the end of her career the Dane was struck with a few injury problems as well as being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in joints.
When Wozniacki announced her retirement she said she would be working on an exciting project due to her condition and will release more details in the future.
Back to her tennis, one of her matches that will live on in memory is that performance against Sharapova at the 2014 US Open. It was relentlessly brilliant from the Dane and this point in particular was absolutely incredible;
There have been many moments during her career where I have been left in disbelief at what Wozniacki has done and one point across her career which meant so much!
The tennis she played at 5-4 30-30 on the Halep serve to set up the decisive championship point was quite magnificent!
It is a shame that it is now the end for Wozniacki’s career. The Dane has done soo much in her career playing almost 1000 matches by the age of 29.
She will be missed on the tour, she brought unmatched athleticism and determination when against the odds and as she said she leaves with no regrets!
Tennis won’t be the same without her but it’s a better place thanks to her. Thank you for the memories!