WTA Return: Caroline Wozniacki feels she will be able to compete with the best players when she returns to the court next month after a two-year sabbatical.
The former world number one, who has two children, revealed this month that she will return to the United States for the American hardcourt season, which begins following Wimbledon.
The 33-year-old, who won the Australian Open in 2018 and reached two US Open finals, was at the pinnacle of the women’s game for over a decade before retiring in 2020.
Since then, Iga Swiatek, Elena Rybakina, and Aryna Sabalenka have formed a “big three,” but Wozniacki believes that if she can compete with Serena Williams, she should be able to contend with the current generation of women.
“I have played them before, I know exactly what I am up against,” she remarked before of her debut in the women’s invitation doubles at Wimbledon. I know they’re playing incredibly well, aggressively, and consistently, and it’ll be a huge test, but I’m up for it.
“I’ve faced and defeated tough opponents in the past, and I intend to do so again this time.
“Obviously, there are a lot of good players out there, and the level of tennis is high, but I played with Serena Williams, the greatest of all time. She’s the best player I’ve ever faced, and she’s no longer in the game, so that feels great right now! I’m pleased that I won’t have to play her anymore.
“I’m not going to set a time limit for how long I’ll play; I’m just going to see how my body holds up, how I feel, how the kids and everyone does.
“I’m excited to be back and to play, and I’m hoping that this will be my best tennis yet.”
Wozniacki, who returns to professional tennis later this month in Montreal, is one of several moms on tour. And the Dane says she now feels less pressure when competing.
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