Caroline Wozniacki: Former World Tennis Association number one reveals tennis comeback and targets US Open title
The 32-year-old Dane won the Australian Open in 2018 after losing in the finals of the US Open in 2009 and 2014.
Wozniacki stated in an interview with Vogue that she plans to compete at the Canadian Open in Montreal in August.
She has also set her sights on the US Open later that month, the Australian Open in January of next year, and the Olympics in Paris next summer.
“Am I worried? “Not at all,” she replied. “I’m returning to something I enjoy.”
“Will I be able to win the US Open?” I believe so. Is it possible for me to win the Australian Open? I believe so. This is why I’m doing it. And I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
“If I didn’t believe in myself, I wouldn’t be doing this: I’m too competitive to just show up and not feel like I’m going to be one of the best players out there.”
‘I want to show my children that they can follow their ambitions.’
Wozniacki announced the birth of her daughter Olivia in June 2021, followed by the birth of her son James in October 2022.
“I became a mother and now have two beautiful children that I am so grateful for,” Wozniacki said on Twitter.
“However, I still have goals that I want to achieve.” As a family, we agreed it was time. I’m excited to return to the game.
“I want to show my kids that you can pursue your dreams no matter your age or role.”
“How long will I be able to play at my highest level—a year, two years, three years?” she asked. I’m not sure. But I know it will be too late in five years, when the kids are in school.”
Wozniacki earned 30 tour-level victories during her early career, including one Grand Slam victory when she defeated Simona Halep in three sets in the 2018 Australian Open final.
She reached the final 16 at Wimbledon six times, but each time she was eliminated.
Wozniacki was motivated by Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion who gave birth to her daughter Olympia in September 2017 and subsequently returned to compete.
Williams, a longtime friend of Wozniacki’s, then reached the Wimbledon and US Open championships in both 2018 and 2019.
“Serena [Williams] and I had dinner a few weeks ago,” Wozniacki explained to Vogue.
“When I told her about my plan, all she said was, ‘Wow, good for you.'” I’ll be there to support you every step of the way, and if you ever need anything, just let me know.’ She has always been supportive of me.
“Serena doesn’t get nearly enough credit for getting to so many Grand Slam finals after having Olympia.”
Wozniacki described Williams’ retirement as “bittersweet” because of how influential she had been during her 25-year top-level career.
“She paved the way for so many of us – she showed us that anything is possible,” said Wozniacki.