Melbourne: When she was dumped out by Ons Jabeur of Tunisia Caroline Wozniacki’s glittering tennis career ended in tears in the Australian Open on Friday.
The former world number one, who announced in December that this could be her final championship, lost 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the next round.
The 29-year-old that is unseeded brings down the curtain on a career that saw her win 30 WTA names, together with her only Grand Slam victory coming in Melbourne Park from 2018.
“Just fitting that my final match was a three-setter, a grinder, and I ended my career with a forehand error. Those are what I have been working in my whole career,” joked Wozniacki, as she choked back tears.
“Guess that is just how it was meant to be,” added the Dane, who began playing tennis aged seven.
Jabeur was given a rapturous reception by the Melbourne Arena audience and embraced Wozniacki, which made her debut in 2005.
“I’ve had incredible experiences on the court, amazing 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.
She’s said that had nothing to do with her decision to leave tennis, wanting to begin a family with a spouse and former National Basketball Association star David Lee.
The couple embraced on courtroom and her father Piotr held aloft her.
“I typically don’t cry. I have particular memories which I’ll cherish, it’s been a great ride,” said Wozniacki, today ranked 36 on earth.
“But I’m prepared for the next chapter, prepared for what is to come.” She finished 2010 and 2011 as world number one, and ascended to the best ranking again in 2018 she won her maiden Grand Slam.
The Tunisian Jabeur plays with Wang Qiang of American or China good Serena Williams – the close friend of Wozniacki – in the fourth round.
“Caroline has been such an inspiration for me and lots of gamers,” explained Jabeur.