October 2, 2018

Player Feature: Caroline Wozniacki off to a solid start at China Open

One of the greatest female tennis players of all time

Full Name: Caroline Wozniacki

Birthdate: July 11, 1990

Place of Birth: Denmark

Playing Years: 2005 to present

Award(s): 2018 Australian and Eastbourne Open

2010, 2016 and 2017 Tokyo Pan Pacific Open

2017 WTA Finals

2017 Hong Kong Open

2015 Malaysia Open

2015 Diamond Aces Award

2014 Istanbul Open

2013 Luxembourg Open

2012 Seoul and Moscow Open

2011 Dubai, Indian Wells. Charleston, Brussels, Copenhagen, and New Haven Open

2010 Copenhagen, Montreal, New Haven and Beijing Open

2009 Eastbourne and New Haven Open

2008 WTA Newcomer of the Year

2008 Stockholm, New Haven, and Tokyo Open

Formative Years and Tennis Career:

Caroline Wozniacki was born to a family of athletes. Her father is a former professional football player in Poland and Denmark, and her mother was a member of the Polish national volleyball team. It’s no wonder the 28-year-old tennis player is also on the track towards becoming a superstar in her own choice of sport. She started playing tennis at the age of 7, and was already beating her parents and older brother by age nine.

She started her professional career during a WTA tour at 15 years old, already winning several junior tournaments which include the Orange Bowl tennis championship. She made her debut during the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open. The following year, she was already included in the juniors single final at the Australian Open, and won the junior singles title at Wimbledon.

Wozniacki won her very first professional competition in an Internationa Tennis Federation (ITF) event in 2006, and proceeded to the quarterfinals and two other WTA events. In 2007, she played her first full season on tour, rising to the Top 100 and finishing the season ranked at No. 64. She also received a wildcard for the Pacific Life Open main draw and completed her Tier I debut, eventually reaching the semifinals of the AIG Open in Tokyo, her very WTA Tour semifinal, while also becoming the first Danish woman to reach a WTA semifinal since Tine Scheuer-Larsen in 1986. She won her first three tour titles in 2008, finishing the year ranked at world No. 12.

By the end of the 2010 season, she bagged another six WTA singles titles, the most number of victories on the tour. In seasons 2012-13 was the start of her decline from the rankings due to numerous injuries. However, she still finished the season ranked at world No. 10. Woznaicki made her comeback during the start of the 2014 season. She won her first title of the year at Istanbul Clup, defeating Belinda Bencic, Karin Knapp, Karolina Pliskova, and Kristina Mladenovic to reach the championships.

Caroline Wozniacki experienced her career-worst in 2015. Although she won several matches, she finished the season in her worst ranking since 2007, being world No. 17. She made another comeback in 2016, coming out victories in numerous matches and finishing the season with a run during the Luxembourg Open. However, she was forced to drop out during the quarterfinals due to sickness. The Danish star returned to the top 3 world rankings the next season. During the 2017 WTA Finals, she defeated Elina Svitolina for the first time after losing to her twice in previous matches. She later overpowered world No. 1 Simona Halep in a series of straight sets. At the final match, she beat Venus Williams, winning her biggest career title and moving up to world #3, her highest ranking since the 2011 season.

Before Wozniacki, no Danish player has ever placed within the top 30 rankings. She bagged three more victories to her name in the year 2009, made it to her first Grand Slam finals during the U.S. Open, and ended the season at world No. 4. She was able to claim another 6 WTA titles to finish the 2010-11 season as World No. 1. Just recently, she advanced to second round of the China Open along with 2018 Grand Slam Champion Naomi Osaka. As of today, Caroline Wozniacki remains to be the first Scandinavian woman to reach the #1 ranking in WTA history. She is currently the world No. 2 in the WTA singles ranking.

By @EliaasMJ

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