Caroline Wozniacki Bids Farewell To Professional Tennis
Caroline Wozniacki retires after her third round loss to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in three-set grinder. Wozniacki made the announcement to retire last December at this year’s Australian Open following her last match. The Danish player won her first and only grand slam in Melbourne back in 2018, ending doubts on whether she was ever gonna win one. Being the first woman from a Scandinavian country to attain a career high ranking, Caroline spent 71 weeks as world number one, winning 30 WTA singles titles as well as earning well over $30 million dollars in prize money during her time.
Retiring at a relatively young age, the 29-year-old made the decision to retire after she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (an auto immune disease that causes joint pain all over the body) in the summer of 2018. Caroline said there will no comeback as she plans to start a family with her newly wedded husband. In an emotional on-court ceremony after her loss, the Dane was honored at the Melbourne park with a tribute video from fellow WTA players.
A victory at her final match would have meant a fourth round meet with Serena Williams who was also taken out by China’s number one Wang Qiang. As she took a final walk around the Melbourne Arena, the crowd sang “Sweet Caroline”.
All the best in your next adventure, Sweet Caroline.