Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wozniacki tennis career over with defeat at Australian Open

Wozniacki tennis career over with defeat at Australian Open

Jabeur just about prevailed and it was left for Wozniacki to take the mic to celebrate a trophy-laden career of 30 titles, including her maiden major at the Australian Open two years ago.

Wozniacki seemed to have changed things when he won the second set and then recovered from 0-3 in the third, but Jabeur had not read the script.

Serena Williams has fought back tears when discussing the retirement of Caroline Wozniacki after the Dane's Australian Open was put to an end in the third round.

The former number 1 in the world, who announced in December that the Australian Open would be her last tournament, lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to the lower ranked Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

And the Dane struggled to contain her emotions when the curtains came down on her illustrious career. "I guess this was meant to be", she added.

"I've had incredible experiences on the court, wonderful fans and support I have had my from family, particularly my Dad, who'd coached me all these years", explained Wozniacki, who endures with rheumatoid arthritis, which causes fatigue and joint pain.

"I just know Nishioka, because he is my size", Schwartzman said of the Japanese 24-year-old, who like him is also 5ft 7in.

"I really am happy".

"But I'm prepared for the next chapter, prepared for what is to come".

A forehand over the baseline was the final act, and Wozniacki managed a joke through tears as she stepped up for a farewell interview.

"I got a little nervous in the end", she said earlier in the week.

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"I think it was only fitting that my last match would be a three-setter, a grinder and that I would finish my career with a forehand error", Wozniacki said jokingly while holding back tears.

Sweet Caroline played through the Melbourne Arena speakers before Wozniacki was shown a retirement video in which her peers sent good luck messages.

But the 2018 Australian Open victor said she gave it her all and was content with her final performance - saying her tears were ones of happiness.

"She has had a great career".

"You are such an inspiration for me and for many players, and I've been lucky enough to be on tour with you".

It was Williams' earliest exit from the year's first Grand Slam since 2006, when her title defence was ended by Daniela Hantuchova. The World No. 3 said that he didn't mind waiting as it was always fun to watch her play.

"God, I'm going to miss her. Guys, I can't answer Caroline, I'm going to cry".

Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, too, said their goobyes to her.

Äsked if her fans were a little less vocal this time, Sakkari replied: "Yeah, I think it's because. well, what I was told is that the court was sold out and they couldn't find tickets".

"I think what happened today was ideal". I did everything. Throughout my career, that's what I'm known for.

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