After an absence of over 3 years, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki emerged victorious in her return to professional tennis on Tuesday.
The Danish superstar, now 33, decisively defeated Australia’s Kimberly Birrell 6-2, 6-2 in the opening round of the Canadian Open. Wozniacki retired from tennis following the 2020 Australian Open but announced her intention to make a comeback back in June.
In her first competitive match since January 2020, Wozniacki showed little sign of rust, smoothly dispatching the qualifier Birrell in 1 hour and 37 minutes. The convincing win sets up an intriguing second round clash with reigning Wimbledon champion Markéta Vondroušová of the Czech Republic.
Wozniacki’s impressive return highlights her determination to compete at the highest level once again after stepping away from the sport she dominated for much of the 2010s. Her fans will be thrilled to see the former world #1’s skills still sharp as she embarks on an inspiring comeback story.
Beaming after her first tournament match in over 3 years, Wozniacki remarked, “It feels amazing to be back out here. I was definitely a little rusty, which is expected after such a long break, but what a special place to make my return.”
The former world #1 has a special history in Montreal, having captured the Canadian Open title back in 2010. Now over a decade later, Wozniacki relished competing on these courts once again.
Before retiring in 2020, the Danish superstar amassed 30 career singles titles, headlined by her dramatic 2018 Australian Open triumph. After this impressive comeback win, the tennis world is buzzing with excitement about what Wozniacki can achieve in this inspiring return to the sport she once dominated. Her competitive fire clearly still burns bright.
With her skills sharp and motivation high, Wozniacki seems poised to create more magical moments as she embarks on the next chapter in her illustrious career.